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News Release
7/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213 280-0175 (cell), or 310 392-0522, ext. 305
Profit Reports Offer More Proof That Oil Prices Are Disconnected From Actual Petroleum Santa Monica, CA -- On the same day that Exxon Mobil reported a second quarter profit of $3.95 billion dollars, down 66% from last year, the price of oil on speculative markets rose more than $3.00 a barrel, Consumer Watchdog noted. Yet the same forces that cut...
News Release
5/22/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell); or Carmen Balber, 202-629-3043
Graphic by McClatchy Media. Oil, Gas Prices Rising Again At Record Clip For Holiday, Despite Oversupply, Low Demand, Says Group   Washington DC -- The price of regular gasoline at the pump has shot up 30 cents a gallon nationally in the last month and crude oil has nearly doubled, to $60 a barrel, since its low point in December, according...
News Release
5/19/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305; or 213-280-0175 (cell)
Americans Want Green Solutions But Worry About Costs; Handbook Identifies Wasted Billions, Best Paths Washington, DC -- As President Obama announces new national tailpipe emission standards modeled on California’s, Consumer Watchdog is releasing a report that outlines how to affordably make the transition. The nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy...
News Release
4/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell), or 310-392-0522 ext. 305
Despite 2/3 Drop in Crude Oil Prices, Oil Giant Boosts Bottom Line With Refining Profits   Santa Monica, CA -- Exxon Mobil’s first quarter profit of $4.55 billion dollars is small only by comparison to the last six years of nearly continuous profit records, said Consumer Watchdog. Its first quarter profit is more than $1 billion above...
News Release
4/23/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell), or 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Agreement for Costco Gas Stations Would Adjust Fuel for Temperature in Several States   Oil Companies Will be 'Making Fairness Illegal' if They Try to Stop Costco Deal, says Consumer Watchdog   Santa Monica, CA -- Costco has agreed to settle a lawsuit over the sale of “hot gasoline,” becoming the first U.S. gasoline retailer...
News Release
3/17/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175, or 310-392-0522 x305, or Jamie Court, x327
Gov. Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Bass Asked for Action to Protect Consumer Fairness Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has filed a state complaint that a conflict of interest affected the outcome of the California Energy Commission’s study on the costs and befits of fixing the “hot fuel” ripoff in the state. The group...
News Release
3/11/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan 213-280-0175; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 x309
Consumer Group Says Government Staff's Consumer-Oriented Findings Were Altered by Commissioners With Ties to Oil Industry   Santa Monica, CA -- Public documents retrieved by Consumer Watchdog reveal that, after private meetings with oil industry representatives, some of the California Energy Commission's politically appointed Board Members...
News Release
2/24/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305 or 213-280-0175 (cell)
Commission Again Delays Vote on Anti-Consumer Report as Oil-Lobbyist Spouse of Commissioner Quits Her Role   Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen have filed a detailed request for public records of the California Energy Commission, seeking communications between its professional staff and a politically appointed member of...
News Release
2/9/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522 ext. 305; or Tyson Slocum, 202-256-3152 (cell)
Letter to Commissioner Heading Hot Fuel Study Cites His Clear Conflict of Interest:  Spouse's Petroleum Association Job Washington, DC -- Two national consumer advocacy groups today protested a report by the California Energy Commission that is likely to roll back consumer rights on the sale of gasoline in the state. The California action...
News Release
1/30/2009
CONTACT CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell); or 310-392-0522, ext. 305
Oil Giants Cling to Cash Hoards and Trim Output, Setting Trigger for Next Price Spike Santa Monica, CA -- Consumers left deeper in debt by 2008’s record price gyrations for gasoline and heating oil now find that their money landed in the pockets of Exxon and Chevron, said Consumer Watchdog. Both oil giants reported record annual profits...