A recent decision from Governor Jerry Brown to allow winter-blend gasoline to be sold in California to increase supply and lower record-high pump prices will not result in decreased air quality. The Washington Post reports that the California Air Resources Board announced its support of the claim after they analyzed the data.
Brown believes the decision to sell the dirtier winter-blend gasoline earlier in the year is vital to lessening the financial burden on California residents. According to AAA, the average price for regular gas reached $4.668 on October 8, 2012 in the coastal state.
"This action is necessary to address the extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstance," said the board. "(It) is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety or general welfare."
The Merced Sun-Star reports that California typically converts to the winter-gas blend on October 31. However, due to new circumstances, the mixture will soon be sold across the state. In areas with traditionally high levels of air pollution, environmental experts were concerned the switch could have a negative impact on air quality. Property owners with a similar concern can purchase a home air purifier to reduce the pollutants commonly found indoors.