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11/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
A final batch of amendments to the big House of Representatives health reform bill pokes a few sharp sticks at insurance companies. It also changes the tax law on production of biofuels. Say again? For me, it's a hallelujah moment--health policy and energy policy in the same bill!  But it's still completely unrelated to the health bill--or...
News Story
9/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Californians usually pay more for gasoline than do other Americans. But not this much more. A gallon of regular now costs, on average, $3.14 in the Golden State. The national average is $2.54, according to the AAA auto club. That 60-cent difference is twice the norm. California's gas prices typically hover 25 to 30 cents above the national...
News Story
9/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- For many who join the select club of 120 known as the California Legislature, everything changes. Once inside, they find an army of lobbyists and corporate executives at their disposal, more than eager to shower them with food, drink, travel and -- in some cases -- sex. The case of Michael Duvall, the 54-year-old Yorba Linda...
News Story
9/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Assemblyman Mike Duvall bragged about affairs with two women, one said to be a utility's lobbyist. SACRAMENTO, CA -- An Orange County lawmaker who inadvertently broadcast explicit remarks about his sexual conquests over an open microphone abruptly resigned from office Wednesday after legislative leaders stripped him of his committee posts and...
News Story
9/10/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The GOP California lawmaker who was caught on video making sexual boasts is being investigated for a reported tryst with an energy lobbyist.       San Francisco, CA -- California Assemblyman Mike Duvall’s caught-on-tape sexual boasts certainly suggest a lapse in judgment by the socially conservative Republican...
Blog Post
9/9/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The sex scandal du jour--California state Senator Mike Duvall, a "family-values conservative," boasting into an open mike during a hearing about his spanking, stamina and other exploits with two female lobbyists--ought to broaden focus. Duvall is political toast--apologized, resigned. But what about Sempra Energy, the employer of...
News Story
9/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Government may clamp down on banks, funds and others that don't actually use crude. But will new rules bring down prices? NEW YORK, NY -- Last year Andrew Hall, the head of Citigroup's energy trading unit, made over $100 million, making him one of the highest paid people on Wall Street. Meanwhile, Corey Carter, resident of an Alabama county where...
News Story
8/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Brazil, long proud of its push to develop renewable energy and wean itself off oil, has a bad case of fossil-fuel fever. An enormous offshore field in territorial waters — the biggest Western Hemisphere oil discovery in 30 years — has Brazilians saying, "Drill, baby, drill," while environmentalists fear the nation will take a...
News Story
8/6/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If it feels like we've been here before, we have. California's gasoline prices are climbing past $3 per gallon for the second time this summer. And the reason this time is the same as the last - a bull market for crude oil. Big investors are pushing up the price of crude, even though the country isn't using much oil right now. Those rising...
News Story
7/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, Ross Johnson, said widespread overseas travel by top state climate and energy officials on the tab of nonprofits funded by industry "raises very serious questions of propriety." Consumer advocates called for a halt to the practice. "There is a long-term public cost...