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Blog Post
2/24/2015
By Cody Rosenfield
Four years ago, after an avalanche of complaints about Hyundai’s Elantra’s inflated mileage, Consumer Watchdog wrote the EPA about the problems with trusting automakers to self-test their MPG claims. Yesterday, the EPA toughened its testing procedures for the first time in a decade. Unbeknownst to most Americans, the EPA doesn’t...
Video
7/21/2014
Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com FOX BUSINESS CHANNEL - Consumer Watchdog's John M. Simpson on efforts to improve the energy efficiency of home appliances.
Blog Post
6/11/2012
By Jamie Court
  They say you cannot fight city hall, but recently some folks unhappy with the California Energy Commission's decision to give hydrogen-fueling station contracts only to bidders approved by the major automakers won a victory. It's a reversal of what they called "sweet heart" deals.   Citizens don't often...
Video
4/18/2012
Consumer Watchdog's Judy Dugan takes on the "hot fuel" ripoff on NBC's Today Show. The pain at the gas pump is palpable. Making it worse:  a summertime gas station secret cheats drivers out of billions of dollars. And chains are fighting against changing the rules.
News Release
2/4/2012
CONTACT Jamie Court & Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA -- Hyundai has confirmed to Consumer Watchdog that it will not include its "40 Mile Per Gallon" claim about the Elantra in its Super Bowl advertisement weeks after the consumer group called for a cessation of such advertising. Hyundai contends, however, it was not influenced by Consumer Watchdog. On Wednesday,...
Blog Post
12/14/2011
By Judy Dugan
Consumer Watchdog has been highly critical of the gap between the Hyundai Elantra's posted 29 city/40 highway MPG numbers and reality. We've asked the Environmental Protection Agency to re-test the Elantra, because even the most eco-aware drivers say they can't reach those numbers, or the company's 33MPG combined MPG. Hyundai...
Blog Post
10/4/2011
By Judy Dugan
Exxon Mobil, which is making big bets worldwide on hydraulic fracturing for deeply buried natural gas, is also making big bets on its sincere, earnest advertising about clean, safe natural gas. The ads turn me into a crazy person, yelling at the television during halftimes and seventh-inning stretches. Their claim that they ensure compliance with...
Blog Post
8/31/2011
By Judy Dugan
A deadly brew of corporate carelessness and failed regulation caused the natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight residents in a quiet neighborhood of San Bruno, CA., says a long-awaited report by the National Transportation Safety Board. The harsh conclusions and strong language echo a similar report on the causes of a 2005 refinery...
Video
4/3/2011
Japan's nuclear power company didn't prepare for the worst a tsunami could deliver, even though there was historical precedent. Check this video of Consumer Watchdog's founder Harvey Rosenfield, who began his career fighting against nuclear energy threats in Washington, DC.
Blog Post
3/17/2011
By Judy Dugan
I remember days and nights spent at a rewrite desk in Washington 25 years ago, taking in and editing nearly unbelievable information from reporters in Russia and Western Europe. Where was this place, Chernobyl? Was the meltdown first, or the explosion? Was radiation really spreading across Europe? Do we have a stringer in Norway? How could this...