Newsom Demands Emergency Tax To Combat High Gas Prices

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is calling on the state legislature to hold an emergency session to address high gas prices in California, claiming that the price increases are the fault of the “greed of oil companies.”

“I’m calling for a Special Session to address the greed of oil companies. Gas prices are too high,” the Democrat governor tweeted. “Time to enact a windfall profits tax directly on oil companies that are ripping you off at the pump.”

Despite the fact that gas prices have fallen significantly after they hit record highs in June, Californians are still seeing prices at the pump that far outpace the rest of the country.

While the national average is currently sitting at $3.89 per gallon, according to AAA, California’s average cost per gallon is $6.39 — which is 64% higher.

Of course, the fact that California has the highest gas tax in the nation could be a contributing factor, along with the state’s strict environmental laws.

Critics quickly took to Twitter to mock Newsom for arguing that gas prices are high in his state simply due to greed — with many questioning how oil companies were only being greedy in California, and not the rest of the country.

“Gas prices in Florida are half the price in California. Why is it only California with $7 gas right now!” tweeted Christina Pushaw, the rapid response director for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R) campaign.

“Really strange how oil companies only get really greedy when they cross the California border,” another Twitter user responded.

“Only an economically illiterate Democrat would think enacting yet another state tax on petroleum companies will bring about a decrease in gas prices LOL. You couldn’t make up this level of stupid if you tried,” another comment read.

“Gas prices are $3 less per gallon in Texas. I guess Texas uses different oil companies,” another critic wrote.

While Newsom somehow believes that a higher tax on oil companies will lower prices, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took a different approach — choosing to announce a gas tax holiday, which has contributed to the current average price of gas in the state dipping to $3.22.