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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...
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...
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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...
News Release
5/15/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA — Gasoline price spikes cost Californians an extra $2.4 billion for their gasoline between February and April based on the average pump price paid by the average American.  

 Southern Californians are currently paying $4.00 per gallon for regular gas, $1.30 more than the national average – the widest gap ever...
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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...
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...
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5/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Michael Finney covers a new report from Consumer Watchodg that confirms what California motorists have long suspected — oil refiners are drawing deep profits from gasoline price spikes. Tom Steyer & Jamie Court explain.
News Story
5/6/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Gas prices have increased for 21 consecutive days, and a consumer watchdog group says that greedy oil companies are gouging drivers filling up at the pump. As of Wednesday, the national average for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.64, according to AAA. That’s $1.03 cheaper than it was exactly one year ago. Still, prices at the pump have...