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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

News Story
2/10/2016
By Doug McIntyre, KABC 790 AM - McIntyre in the Morning
A consumer advocate says California paid $10 billion dollars more for gas than the rest of the country partly because of the movements of a “mystery tanker.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says his organization tracked the Exxon oil tanker “American Progress” along with other ships and made didn’t like what...
News Story
2/9/2016
By Consumer Bob, NBC TV-7 San Diego, CA
Keeping supply low and driving up prices California drivers pay more to fill their gas tank than drivers across the country, but Consumer Watchdog says that's because big oil companies manipulate the fuel supply. The consumer group released a study this week saying drivers spent 2015 paying much more for gasoline than other driver because of...
News Story
2/9/2016
By Nick Green, THE DAILY BREEZE
Collusion among California oil refiners “artificially inflated” pump prices in a move that enabled oil companies to make a “killing” in the wake of an explosion last winter at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog alleged Tuesday. Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group,...
News Story
2/9/2016
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago undoubtedly was a major factor contributing to high gasoline prices in California, especially in the...
News Story
2/8/2016
By Kevin Smith, THE LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS
A variety of factors have conspired to boost California gas prices California motorists have long complained about high prices at the pump, but few drivers are aware of all the factors that push gasoline prices so high. Consumer Watchdog’s report offers a big piece of the puzzle. It alleges that California’s largest oil refiners...
News Story
2/8/2016
By David R. Baker, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
A consumer group on Monday accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices. And according to Consumer Watchdog, the effort worked. Several times last year, gasoline in California cost $1...
News Story
2/8/2016
By Staff Reporters, CENTRAL VALLEY BUSINESS TIMES
California's largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher in California than the nationwide average, claims a Santa Monica-based consumers group. In a report it submitted Monday to the...
News Story
2/8/2016
By Bob Moffitt, CAPITAL PUBLIC RADIO - Sacramento, CA
The California Petroleum Market Advisory Commission heard testimony from oil company and consumer groups today explaining why we're paying 77 cents-per-gallon more for gas than the rest of the country. Jamie Court is with group Consumer Watchdog. He says oil companies have used an outage at an Exxon refinery in Southern California as an...
News Story
2/8/2016
By Alison Noon, ASSOCIATED PRESS
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told Monday. Fuel experts and consumer advocates also told the Petroleum Market Advisory Committee that a high state gas tax and more rigorous...
News Story
2/6/2016
By Tony Bizjak, SACRAMENTO BEE
Mountain View, CA -- I’m sitting in the back seat of a car with no driver, watching the steering wheel spin one way, then the other, as the car winds through suburban neighborhood streets. Yet I have no fear. Well, almost none. It’s a self-driving car built by Google, and I’m getting a glimpse of the future. That future...