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News Story
2/5/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The oil industry targeted business-friendly Democrats in the legislature to kill parts of a bill mandating a 50% reduction in gasoline use in the state by 2030 The oil industry spent more than $10m lobbying state lawmakers in a massive push to kill California climate change legislation last year, new disclosures have revealed. Much of the money...
News Release
2/2/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA -- Tesoro, the state’s second largest refiner, reported today that 2015 was its best year ever for refining in California. Based on an analysis of the company’s annual filing, Consumer Watchdog has found that in 2015 the company made $1.9 billion in California alone- their best year ever by over a billion dollars. The...
News Release
1/29/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Chevron's US refining profits soared to their highest ever in 2015, thanks to California drivers who paid inflated prices for gasoline, Consumer Watchdog said today. More than half of Chevron's US refining takes place in California. US refining profits made up $3.1 billion of Chevron's annual profit of $4.6 billion...
News Release
1/28/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Valero, California’s fourth largest oil refiner, reported $852 million in profits from oil refining in California in 2015, blowing past prior years’ profits by treating drivers who buy California gasoline as cash cows, Consumer Watchdog said today. The company’s California refining profits were triple the...
Video
1/4/2016
Posted by Cody Rosenfield
Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court delivered this testimony and slide presentation on December 16th, 2015, to the California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee in Sacramento.  The panel is charged with determining the causes of gasoline price volatility.   Court lays out information compiled by Consumer...
News Story
10/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
An expert energy advisory panel may recommend that state regulators consider easing the air board's clean fuel standards under certain circumstances to help prevent gasoline price spikes, along with several other options including the establishment of a "strategic inventory" of California-compliant fuel. At the same time, smaller...
News Story
10/15/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A watchdog group says a lack of competition in California has allowed gas companies to make an unprecedented mark-up at the pump If you live in California, and think you’re paying too much at the pump, you are likely not imagining it. Consumer Watchdog, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, said in a press release Oct. 13 that they...
News Story
8/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Oil companies that bankrolled a $9.7 million effort in 2014 to block laws against fracking in California now are focusing their sights on Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge- fund founder turned climate-change activist. The top individual political donor in the United States last year, Steyer has put millions of his $2.7 billion personal fortune...