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3/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
“Oil refiners are gouging Californians by keeping the state running on empty so that when refineries go down gasoline prices shoot up,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog. “It’s time for the legislature to require that oil refiners keep another week of gasoline inventory on hand to avoid perennial price spikes...
News Story
3/25/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
State senators investigating a recent surge in California pump prices at a Tuesday hearing grappled with price-fixing accusations and pressure to shift to alternative fuels. Members of the transportation, housing and energy, utilities and communications committees questioned why retail gasoline prices in California rocketed past prices in the rest...
News Story
3/24/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Group tells Senate committee this latest price increase was orchestrated by refineries SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A consumer watchdog report says California oil refineries have about half as much gasoline on hand compared to the rest of the country. Tuesday a consumer advocate told a Senate committee the situation has lead to a spike in gasoline prices...
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...
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...
Blog Post
2/5/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan
TransCanada, the company that would build and own the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has dialed up its lobbying in Congress after a U.S. State Department report that favored the pipeline. The giant oil pipeline is perfectly clean and safe, say the lobbyists. TransCanada will be using the best,...