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News Release
1/9/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Following a Nebraska court’s ruling that the Keystone XL pipeline can be built, the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog said the issue should be moot for the Obama administration, the decision-maker, because the building of the pipeline will raise American gasoline prices – which are at historic lows. “The Keystone XL...
Video
1/5/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
MID-CITY (CBSLA.com) — Drivers are rejoicing after the price of crude oil dropped again Monday, signaling another fall for gas prices. Crude oil slipped to below $50 per barrel for the first time in five years, and experts predict prices at the pump could remain in the range of $2 per gallon into the spring. The dwindling numbers are tied to...
News Story
12/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Jamie Court calls it the “January surprise.” Court, president of the Consumer Watchdog nonprofit, is convinced oil companies may try to artificially inflate California’s gasoline prices in January. The reason? Come the new year, California’s cap-and-trade system for reining in the greenhouse gases behind global warming will...
News Story
12/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumers who purchased Hyundai and Kia cars based on the companies' misrepresentations about the fuel economy of several of their 2011, 2012 and 2013 model year vehicles will not receive any money from the government consent decree with the auto makers announced on Nov. 3, said advocates at Consumer Watchdog, the non-profit advocacy group...
Blog Post
12/16/2014
Posted by Jamie Court
I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January. The admonitions to Big Oil came...
News Story
12/16/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
December 16, 2014--Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a report warning that oil industry officials plan to use “artificially inflated” gas prices, bogus refinery slowdowns and other tactics in a bid to derail the state’s new climate protection measures set to go into effect next month. In its report, “...
News Release
12/15/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline. “In addition to unprecedented lobbying and campaign contribution...
Video
12/15/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) - Jonathan Bloom Reporting.   California's political leaders came to Oakland on Monday for a summit on climate change. And with new rules taking effect Jan. 1, some say the biggest battle right now is information versus misinformation. Governor Jerry Brown began his address to hundreds of climate change experts by...
News Story
10/9/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
defended Michael Peevey, the embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission, which regulates California’s massive energy and telecommunications industries, had come under scrutiny for back-channel communications with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. following a gas line explosion that killed eight people in San...
News Story
8/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
SACRAMENTO -- As a showdown nears on legislation that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California, one prominent activist is criticizing four aides to Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) for their holdings in energy company stocks. Fracking is a controversial process that involves injecting water and chemicals into the...