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News Story
5/8/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Speaking to a group of crime survivors in Sacramento recently, Gov. Jerry Brown confessed a tough sentencing law he signed in the 1970s was a big mistake. "The problems I create, I can clean up," Brown declared, pitching his latest plan to reduce sentences and ease paroles for many crimes. Even as he spoke, two new charges of lying and...
Blog Post
4/27/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) are taking a slow train to recommendations about how to fix the...
News Release
4/22/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog told a state panel looking into gasoline price manipulation today that a handful of big oil refiners have been able to charge California drivers 70 cents to $1 more per gallon than the rest of America because they have an information advantage over the rest of the market, the public and regulators. Consumer...
News Story
4/22/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
When California lawmakers met last week to begin asking questions about the recent rise in gasoline prices, Tom Steyer took notice. Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist and Democratic mega-donor, signed his name to a letter Monday sharing his appreciation for the Senate’s preliminary probe into why gas prices rose by more than $1...
Blog Post
10/16/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Being at the California Energy Commission to testify about how California oil refiners manipulated prices at the pump Tuesday was like prosecuting a case against a defendant who refused to show. The state's oil refiners and their trade association would not participate. They sent a rude letter from their lawyers to the panel empowered by the...
News Story
10/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An expert energy advisory panel may recommend that state regulators consider easing the air board's clean fuel standards under certain circumstances to help prevent gasoline price spikes, along with several other options including the establishment of a "strategic inventory" of California-compliant fuel. At the same time, smaller...
News Release
10/13/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog testified Tuesday that the gap between the retail price paid at the California gas pump and the wholesale price of gas traded within the oil industry has never been greater – signaling gouging of the consumer. Consumer Watchdog presented evidence before the California Energy Commission's Petroleum...
News Story
10/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group testified Tuesday that California oil refiners are gouging motorists by hiking retail gasoline prices well above the wholesale price of gas traded within the oil industry. In testimony before the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee, Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court said the gap...
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10/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog says California oil refiners are gouging motorists by hiking retail gasoline prices well above the wholesale price of gas traded within the oil industry.
Video
10/13/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group testified Tuesday that California oil refiners are gouging motorists by hiking retail gasoline prices well above the wholesale price of gas traded within the oil industry.