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News Release
5/19/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Americans Want Green Solutions But Worry About Costs; Handbook Identifies Wasted Billions, Best Paths Washington, DC -- As President Obama announces new national tailpipe emission standards modeled on California’s, Consumer Watchdog is releasing a report that outlines how to affordably make the transition. The nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy...
News Story
5/18/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
In many areas of the economy, there looms the specter of deflation, with consumer prices falling over the past 12 months by their greatest percentage since 1955. But you might not notice that fall in prices next time you fill up your tank with gasoline. Instead of deflating, gasoline is inflating. The big question is why. Last week, gasoline...
News Story
5/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Commissioners Solicited Sponsorships; Ethical Questions Raised Public Utilities Commissioner Gary Hanson solicited money for an energy conference from many of the Midwest utility companies that the PUC regulates. The conference violated no state rules and was held to benefit the state's citizens, Hanson said. But statutes in other states would...
News Story
5/7/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Arkansas average price for regular gasoline topped $2 on Wednesday for the first time in more than six months. AAA reported that regular gas averaged $2.007, up about 8 cents in a week and 40 cents since New Year's Day. The national average was $2.11. Experts attributed the rise in gas prices to a combination of factors, including: signs of...
News Release
4/30/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Despite 2/3 Drop in Crude Oil Prices, Oil Giant Boosts Bottom Line With Refining Profits   Santa Monica, CA -- Exxon Mobil’s first quarter profit of $4.55 billion dollars is small only by comparison to the last six years of nearly continuous profit records, said Consumer Watchdog. Its first quarter profit is more than $1 billion above...
News Story
4/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
NEW YORK, NY -- Costco last week agreed to settle a lawsuit over the sale of hot gasoline -- gasoline above 60 degrees that expands, but is not accounted for at the pumps, resulting in consumers receiving less gasoline than they pay for. According nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Consumer Watchdog, Costco will be the first U.S. gasoline...
News Story
4/25/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Randy Johnston struggles daily with uncertainty since he was laid off in February from his job as an outside operator at Big West refinery on Rosedale Highway. He gets up and scans job listings in newspapers and the Internet, but so far has found nothing that calls for his qualifications. "I think that a big a majority of us (laid-off Big...
News Story
4/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
PASADENA, CA -- Some residents of the San Gabriel Valley could be facing a more than 50 percent hike in water rates. The Pasadena Star News reports the California American Water company is asking for state approval of a 56 percent rate hike. It would amount to an increase of about $17.12 a month for consumers. Company officials say the increased...
News Story
4/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Costco Wholesale Inc. has agreed to install new gasoline pumps at stores in California and 13 other states that will adjust prices when fuel temperatures rise above the industry standard of 60 degrees. The agreement would end Costco's involvement in a lawsuit filed by consumers against oil companies and fuel retailers contending that they have...
News Story
4/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 For the first time in the U.S., a gasoline retailer has plans to fix hot fuel. Costco Warehouse Inc. has agreed to change its fuel pumps in several states so they compensate customers for the lower energy value of hotter-than-average gas and diesel. The sale of hot fuel - above the industry standard of 60 degrees - has been estimated to cost...