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Blog Post
9/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When Californians angry about oil companies' attempt to repeal the state's greenhouse gas emission cap went to confront the oil refiner behind Prop 23's power play, they found the Tea Party in their way. What's an angry populist movement that's supposed to represent real people doing defending oil companies? It's a question the New York Times...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs...
Blog Post
9/16/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Did you ever find yourself a little overbooked, wondering how  you can be at two or three places at once?  Well, that’s never happened to the oil industry. In 2009, the oil and gas industry had 782 lobbyists working the halls of Congress and the Obama administration, according to a recent analysis by OpenSecrets.org. That...
Blog Post
9/14/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The way natural gas promoters talk about their pet fuel, you’d think it was green as clover and safe as baby oil. After the deadly San Bruno, California, gas line explosion, however, hawkers like natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens have gone silent. No more calls to action and pleas to phone your member of Congress to demand...
Blog Post
9/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Mexico’s huge national oil company, Pemex, has shut down a large chunk of its natural gas fields because of the apparent kidnapping of dozens of employees and contract workers by drug gangs that are also stealing and selling oil and gas. It’s a situation increasingly similar to oilfield battles in Nigeria, where a corrupt...
Blog Post
9/2/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The new oil platform fire or explosion in the Gulf of Mexico looks minor in comparison to the BP spill, but there are sure some loud echoes in how it's being handled. When word first trickled out about Thusday's platform accident off the Louisiana coast, there were swift assurances from the owner that no oil had leaked, and since the platform...
News Story
5/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through a new Energy Biosciences Institute. Dr. Chu received the grant from BP’s chief scientist at the time, Steven E. Koonin, a fellow...
Blog Post
4/7/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Tucked away in some early reports about a possible GOP deal on creation of a stand-alone consumer protection agency is a hint of what could be traded away in exchange--tough regulation of the kind of speculative, unregulated financial trading that crashed the economy in the first place. The whole story is not much above gossip level yet. But Sen....
News Story
3/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Critics see price-gouging as refinery capacity is cut; the industry says it's just business. A few years ago, when SUVs still ruled American roads and gasoline prices were skyrocketing, consumers and politicians howled that oil companies were guilty of price-gouging because they refused to increase refinery capacity; the companies responded that...
News Story
3/10/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The response to slumping gasoline use would likely mean higher prices for drivers. Consumer advocates want regulators to examine the firms' plans. Some of the nation's biggest oil companies are looking at permanently reducing how much gasoline and diesel fuel they make, a move that analysts say would almost certainly trigger higher prices for...