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4/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Motorist paid nearly $1 per gallon more than national average in March, CEC Says SAN FRANCISCO – March was an expensive month for motorists in California. According to the California Energy Commission (CEC), the state’s energy policy and planning agency, retail gasoline prices averaged 90 cents more per gallon (CPG) than the...
News Release
4/9/2015
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA --- California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog. The nonprofit consumer group said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in...
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4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog said refiners continued to reap a windfall in the wake of refinery shutdowns in February, driving prices at the pump artificially high, a situation exacerbated by low gasoline inventories in California.
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4/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
California drivers paid $1 billion extra at the pump in March, when compared to the national average gas price charged to U.S. drivers, according to an analysis of the latest government data by Consumer Watchdog.
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4/8/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Consumer Watchdog released a report on Thursday, saying that Californians spent $1 billion more on gas than the rest of the country during the month of March.  The group says the price spike is due to a shortage of gas caused by two refineries going offline. One caused by a labor...
News Release
4/7/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog said that California legislation being debated today to cut petroleum demand in half will radically reduce the price of fuel in California. The group pointed out that reducing demand for gasoline is a critical factor in blunting the oil company price gouging that Californians witnessed in...
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4/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
While crude oil prices stayed low, prices at the pump for California drivers shot up $1 in February, and motorists in the Golden State continue to be squeezed by price spikes while refineries reap big profits, a Santa Monica consumer advocacy group said last week. Refineries going off line -- like two that shut down in February, including Exxon...
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4/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
(Reuters) - Billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer and the head of a consumer watchdog group on Tuesday said California state lawmakers should subpoena oil industry executives if they fail to answer questions about February's gasoline price spike. The call comes after oil executives were absent from a March 24 state Senate hearing in...
News Story
4/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Californians are used to gyrating gas prices, but the latest swing from the lowest in years to nearly a dollar above the national average is leaving drivers in a tizzy. Some are accusing oil companies of manipulating prices. The industry blames an explosion and a strike at two refineries. Academics say it's structural — the unique...
News Release
3/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Business leader, philanthropist and climate activist Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court asked California lawmakers to subpoena oil industry executives to explain why California’s gasoline market is structured for shortages and volatility.   The executives declined to testify at a March 24...