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5/24/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Some are wondering why gas prices are up at a time when crude oil prices remain low. "The last time gas prices were over $4.00 in California, crude oil prices were over $100 a barrel. Today, crude oil prices are about $60 a barrel," said Jamie Court, president of the non-profit Consumer Watchdog.
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5/22/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"California’s oil refiners are the only industry in America that make a fortune when their factories go down,” said Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog. “Oil company CEOs are boasting to investors on conference calls about huge West Coast profits from their refinery outages while refusing to appear before state...
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5/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ric Romero interviews Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog about why Consumer Watchdog has called on California’s United States Attorneys to investigate the unprecedented refinery outages driving California gasoline price spikes. In a letter, the nonprofit group presented circumstantial evidence that oil refiners may be manipulating gasoline...
News Story
5/20/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Will rising gas prices put a U-turn in holiday travel plans? Not according to AAA, which expects 37 million Americans to travel during the Memorial Day weekend, the most since 2005. The group expects 2.31 million people in Southern California to hit the road. Driving, AAA says, will be the top choice for travelers nationwide as 9 out of 10...
News Story
5/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
There is absolutely no doubt about a few facts surrounding the gasoline price surge Californians experienced in late winter and early spring. In March, California prices averaged 84 cents per gallon higher than the national average of $2.54 per gallon, rising to $3.38 after a wintertime dip. That meant Californians spent $34 million per day more...
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5/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — Consumer advocates are working on a plan to get oil companies to open up their books amid a recent spike in gas prices. “I do not know why the prices are set the way they are. I’ve often questioned that,” says Harriet Porter of Orange County. Currently, the average price in the Los Angeles and Long...
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5/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
  "California’s oil refiners are the only industry in America that make a fortune when their factories go down,” said Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog. “Oil company CEOs are boasting to investors on conference calls about huge West Coast profits from their refinery outages while refusing to appear before...
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5/14/2015
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
What a rip-off! Gasoline prices in Southern California just topped $4 per gallon with crude oil prices at historic lows. That’s $1.30 over the national average. The oil company executives are refusing to answer questions. It’s time for subpoenas to fly!    Sign the petition here: http://bit.ly/1A1eEMs
News Release
5/8/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- On a call with investors today, Gregory Goff, the CEO of Tesoro admitted refinery shutdowns and “disruptions” led to big profits on the oil company’s bottom line in the first quarter.  Tesoro’s profit per barrel in the first quarter jumped by 20 cents, amounting to California profits of $119 million...
News Story
5/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
May 8 (Reuters) - A 52-day labor strike that led to a shutdown at Tesoro Corp's refinery in Martinez, California, helped boost the company's bottom line last quarter, the company's chief executive said on Friday, prompting cries that the state's gasoline market needs to be reformed. "There's no question that during the...