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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,...
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...
News Release
8/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether top Assembly communications chief Steve Maviglio broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while...
News Release
7/17/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Keystone XL pipeline will raise gasoline prices in the United States, hiking prices at the pump 20 to 40 cents per gallon in the Midwest, with no long-term economic benefit to the U.S. economy, says a new report by Consumer Watchdog.   The report finds that: Drivers, especially in the Midwest, would pay 20...
Blog Post
4/21/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
The New York Times report today that the Koch brothers have moved closer to purchasing The Los Angeles Times sent shivers through Angelenos like me who cling to Thomas Jefferson’s admonition about the importance of the freedom of the press. "The only security of all is in a free press,” Jefferson wrote to Lafayette in 1823...
News Story
3/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Are you ready for $6-per-gallon gasoline? Then $7 a little later? Premium grades of gasoline already go for more than $5 per gallon in some parts of California; regular skyrocketed to above $4.50 for a month at hundreds of service stations. There is no promise these near-record price levels will drop anytime soon, especially with summer...
News Release
3/18/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Brown to conduct his own investigation into allegations of financial conflict of interest at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and to put two officials at the department on administrative leave immediately. Consumer Watchdog first raised the allegations in a...
Blog Post
2/13/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
  It was a relief to hear more than a passing reference to climate change in President Obama's State of the Union Speech, including promises of more support for wind and solar power. But the oil industry heard nothing to even cause even a smidgen of concern. Asking Congress to "get together to pursue a bipartisan, market-based...
Blog Post
1/28/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
California's oil and gas industry regulators are about to write final state regulations on the controversial practice of fracking natural gas and oil wells in the state. Don't expect any backbone, however, from the state Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Regulation. So far, the draft proposals boil down to "trust the oil industry...
News Story
1/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Require More Inventory At Oil Refineries, Watchdog Says Jamie Court has what he says is a simple way to prevent the gasoline price spikes that have cursed California drivers for years: Require refineries to keep at least three weeks' worth of gas in stock at all times. If a refinery breaks down, the market will still have plenty of fuel....