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News Release
6/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Government Must Speed Market Regulation, Says Consumer Watchdog; Group Calls for Stiffer Oil Trading Rules and Oversight of Refineries   Santa Monica, CA -- The national average price for gasoline rose another four cents this week to $3.97 a gallon for regular, even as oil prices stayed at about $8 a barrel below the top prices hit last month...
Blog Post
6/2/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
ABC World News stirred up a mini ethics controversy with its report last week exposing California Representative Dan Lungren’s use of creative recordkeeping to allow lobbyists to pay for him and his wife to travel to a luxury resort on Hawaii’s Big Island. (Check out the lush Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel here.) New ethics rules banning...
News Story
6/1/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Rising fuel costs eat into profits and curb fun, yet boost wealth for some Like invisible fumes spreading across the ground and through the air, gasoline -- more specifically its rising cost -- is creeping into almost every aspect of financial decision-making for individuals and businesses. As prices rise, look for savvy businesses to link sales...
News Release
5/27/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Oil Prices Sag Yet Pump Keeps Zooming; Lack of Oversight Means ‘Double Whammy for Consumers’ and Economy This Summer, Says Group   Santa Monica, CA -- U.S. gasoline prices rose more than 33 cents a gallon to $3.937 in the last month despite driving cutbacks that have steadily reduced demand, said Consumer Watchdog. Oil prices...
News Release
5/22/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Groups Criticize Oil Industry Resistance to Fixing Hidden Charge at Pump That Costs U.S. Drivers Close to $3 Billion Yearly Washington, D.C. -- As Memorial Day kicks off the summer driving season and gas prices scrape and sometimes exceed $4 per gallon, U.S. auto and truck drivers are paying $3 billion a year in hidden charges at the pump...
News Release
5/16/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog Calls for Sales from Reserve, Warning to Refineries, Swift Action on Oil Trading Curbs   Santa Monica, CA -- The Energy Department’s announcement that it will cap taxpayer-funded additions to the federal Strategic Oil Reserve is a small first step, and a late one, said Consumer Watchdog. Even so, it is a symbolic move...
News Release
5/12/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
White House Scorns Action, Congress in Gridlock as Soaring Prices Push Inflation, Motorists Cry ‘Uncle’ Santa Monica, CA -- An 11-cent rise in gasoline prices in one week will put the reins on consumers who would like to spend their $300 to $600 federal tax incentive on something frivolous, like an extra sack of groceries or repairing...
News Story
5/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some gas stations in Arkansas raised regular by 20 cents overnight as record-setting oil futures gave retail prices a hefty boost Thursday. The record state average of $3.52 for regular trailed those pacesetters but nevertheless has risen 28 cents in the past month, according to AAA. Another record was set nationwide at $3.645. Sleepy Hollow Store...
News Story
5/6/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Politicians are dying to get at more of Big Oil's billions, but analysts are torn about what that will do to prices or future energy sources. NEW YORK, NY -- Politicians are eyeing oil profits like a fat juicy glazed ham. With all the money Big Oil is making - the top five publicly traded firms pocketed over $120 billion in 2007 alone - and with...
News Story
5/5/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON, DC -- At a Shell gas station in Washington, Rocky Twyman and an unusual group of activists were mad as hell about soaring fuel prices. "Last week, this station was 3.51 dollars. Now it's practically 3.60. So it's gone up nine cents in one week," Twyman said as he pumped five dollars' worth of gas into his thirsty American car...