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'Highway f***ing robbery': NBA star Jimmy Butler shocked by astronomical gas prices in LA
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'Highway f***ing robbery': NBA star Jimmy Butler shocked by astronomical gas prices in LA

Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler was in total disbelief after a workout in Los Angeles when he noticed how much he was paying at a California gas station.

While standing at the pump in sweats, Butler was recorded saying, "This is highway f**king robbery," as the number on the display kept going up. “Man, I’m trying to get some of this gas back. Do you think if I go in there and tell them I put the wrong gas in here they’ll give me a refund? This is crazy; I’m going electric!" the basketball player joked.

Once inside his luxury car, Butler rhetorically asked, “Can y’all believe it costs $145 to fill up a Bugatti?” as he drove away from the gas station.

When even a man as wealthy as Butler is noticing that gas prices have skyrocketed, there might be a problem.

The 34-year-old from Houston, Texas, is likely used to lower prices in his home state, which averaged $3.38/gallon at the time of this publication, according to AAA. In Florida, where the player makes his money, the average price is $3.56, compared to a massive $5.89 average in California.

Butler is set to make $45 million for the 2023-24 NBA season, with that salary increasing to $52 million by 2025. His career earnings surpass $218 million and will total $364 million by the end of his current contract.

The Biden administration's attempt to swiftly usher out fossil fuels has not gone swimmingly, with roadblocks seemingly coming at every turn as reality hits manufacturers in the face.

An autoworkers' strike threatens production of American-made vehicles at the same time a Chinese state-run firm is set to receive more than $536 million in state incentives and tax breaks to build an electric vehicle battery plant in Illinois.

At the same time, Ford has halted work on a $3.5 billion electric vehicle battery plant in Michigan.

Even toy company Lego had to learn a harsh lesson about the world's need for oil. The company indicated in 2018 that it had set a target to swap the oil-based plastics it uses in the 110-120 billion pieces it produces every year for sustainable materials by 2030. The Danish company eventually admitted that not only would it need to change its entire production facilities to "go green," it would end up being worse for the environment.

"In order to scale production [of recycled PET], the level of disruption to the manufacturing environment was such that we needed to change everything in our factories. After all that, the carbon footprint would have been higher. It was disappointing," said Tim Brooks, Lego’s head of sustainability.

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