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News Release
6/30/2015
Posted by Jamie Court
Berkeley, CA --- At a meeting of the state commission charged with investigating gas price manipulation, Consumer Watchdog delivered an analysis showing that since the end of May California’s largest oil refiners have engaged in unprecedented price manipulation to keep California gasoline prices artificially high using their leverage over...
News Story
6/1/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Just about two years ago, when gasoline prices in most of California last moved well above the $4-per-gallon level, crude oil cost $147 a barrel. Oil companies said the high price of crude was a major factor in that price spike. This spring, when gas pump prices again jumped above $4 in many places, crude oil fell under $50 per barrel for awhile...
Video
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.
Video
5/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Ric Romero interviews Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog about why Consumer Watchdog has called on California’s United States Attorneys to investigate the unprecedented refinery outages driving California gasoline price spikes. In a letter, the nonprofit group presented circumstantial evidence that oil refiners may be manipulating gasoline...
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...
News Story
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 Story
5/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Billionaire Tom Steyer wants to tax extraction and require more transparency ANAHEIM, CA -- Walthy Bay Area environmentalist Tom Steyer, who for weeks has been lambasting oil companies about gasoline prices, said Friday he was exploring another potential cudgel against the industry: ballot measures to tax oil extraction and require more public...
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...
Video
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...
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...