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News Release
10/13/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
New York, NY -- A national consumer group is running a 30 second commercial on a Times Square Superscreen that challenges Koch Industries, "the largest oil company you've never heard of," for its record of environmental degradation, political influence, Tea Party funding and climate change denial. The parody of a Coca Cola commercial...
News Release
10/12/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Top Prop 23 Funder Doesn’t Want Greentech Competition To Get in Way of Profiteering Santa Monica, CA – A new report by Consumer Watchdog's OilWatchdog.org project finds that Valero Energy reaped over $4.5 billion in refining profit while gouging California motorists since it bought its second California refinery in 2002. The oil...
News Release
10/6/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Candidate Mike Villines Has Taken $66,950 From Insurance Companies Despite Pledge Not to Take Industry Cash Santa Monica, CA – Mercury Insurance Chairman George Joseph and Progressive Insurance have deposited three hundred fifteen thousand dollars in a political action committee that has begun an advertising campaign attacking insurance...
News Story
10/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tea party activists across the state are rallying in support of Proposition 23, a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that would suspend California's landmark global warming legislation, known as AB 32. With energy and climate change legislation stalled in Congress, the national fight over global warming and what to do about it is centered on California...
News Story
9/30/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Whenever I think it can’t get any weirder in US politics and social progress, things always get weirder. Is it me? Am I over-dramatizing, or is this how some Germans felt as the Nazis began to garner popular support in the 1930s? Upton Sinclair, writer, muckraker and author of the novel “The Jungle,” which exposed the horrific...
Blog Post
9/28/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If you think the Tea Party represents real people who are mad as hell about real issues, you might want to know that it just had its first rally under the Beverly Hills sign over the weekend. I found out about the rally when I showed up for a 10 o'clock news debate and singer Pat Boone was on the other side dressed in his "Beverly Hills Tea...
Blog Post
9/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
There’s a name that’s becoming as ubiquitous in dirty oil politics as Coke cans are in greasy spoons. And it’s pronounced like the soft drink, but spelled Koch. The New Yorker definitively exposed the gas and oil tycoons known as the Koch brothers. But who are the latest Koch-heads to wear the brand with pride? •...
Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...