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News Story
4/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some San Gabriel Valley residents could see their water rates go up by as much as 56 percent next year under a proposal by California American Water Co. California American Water, which provides water to 28,000 households and businesses - or about 100,000 people - in the San Gabriel Valley, has applied with the state to raise water rates for its...
News Release
4/23/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Agreement for Costco Gas Stations Would Adjust Fuel for Temperature in Several States   Oil Companies Will be 'Making Fairness Illegal' if They Try to Stop Costco Deal, says Consumer Watchdog   Santa Monica, CA -- Costco has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the sale of “hot gasoline,” becoming the first U.S. gasoline retailer...
News Story
4/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Big warehouse discounter Costco has reportedly agreed to put in the equipment needed to ensure you get all the gas you pay for. The advocacy group Consumer Watchdog says an announcement is expected any day now. Consumer advocates have long argued that you get a little less gas when the temperature exceeds 60 degrees because gas expands and...
News Story
4/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tom Koelher's excellent presentation at the CARB hearings is downloadable from biofuelsdigest.com In California, Tom Koehler of Pacific Ethanol asked incisive questions at California Air Resources Board hearings on the proposed California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The proposed standard includes an indirect land-use change component that biofuels...
News Story
4/4/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
An appeals court rules that a class-action case alleging a conspiracy by oil refiners in the 1990s should proceed. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday revived a class-action lawsuit accusing Arco, Chevron and several other refiners of conspiring to fix gasoline prices during the mid-1990s. But the same panel expressed doubt that the...
News Release
3/17/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Gov. Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Bass Asked for Action to Protect Consumer Fairness Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has filed a state complaint that a conflict of interest affected the outcome of the California Energy Commission’s study on the costs and befits of fixing the “hot fuel” ripoff in the state. The group...
News Story
3/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Energy Commission says the costs of compensating for gasoline temperature would outweigh the gains in fuel volume. Sacramento, CA -- Amid allegations of conflict of interest, the five members of the California Energy Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to tell lawmakers there was no benefit to fixing service station pumps to end an...
News Release
3/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Group Says Government Staff's Consumer-Oriented Findings Were Altered by Commissioners With Ties to Oil Industry   Santa Monica, CA -- Public documents retrieved by Consumer Watchdog reveal that, after private meetings with oil industry representatives, some of the California Energy Commission's politically appointed Board Members...
News Story
3/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two consumer rights groups in California are claiming that the lead energy commissioner involved in a gasoline "hot fuel" study has a conflict of interest because his wife serves in an executive position with the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). As a result, the two groups contend that the findings of the California Energy...
News Release
2/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Commission Again Delays Vote on Anti-Consumer Report as Oil-Lobbyist Spouse of Commissioner Quits Her Role   Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen have filed a detailed request for public records of the California Energy Commission, seeking communications between its professional staff and a politically appointed member of...