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Blog Post
4/27/2016
By Jamie Court
It's probably hard to feel the sting of state gasoline prices, that are 70 cents per gallon above US prices, when you are in an ivory tower.  Perhaps that's why some of the academics on California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee (PMAC) are taking a slow train to recommendations about how to fix the...
News Release
4/22/2016
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Sacramento, CA -- Consumer Watchdog told a state panel looking into gasoline price manipulation today that a handful of big oil refiners have been able to charge California drivers 70 cents to $1 more per gallon than the rest of America because they have an information advantage over the rest of the market, the public and regulators. Consumer...
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3/30/2016
Consumer advocates say federal authorities should investigate potential price gouging of consumers by oil companies.
News Release
2/25/2016
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Los Angeles, CA -- The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog today warned Southern California drivers that they would be facing sticker shock at their gasoline pumps beginning this weekend as the state’s biggest oil refiners raised wholesale prices charged to station owners by 37 cents. The price hike accompanies the transition to summer blends...
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2/25/2016
Consumer Watchdog says SoCal consumers should fill up now while they can before an expected 37 cent increase overnight in gas prices due to oil company greed during the switch to summer blend.
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2/25/2016
Consumer Watchdog research shows California drivers pay the most on average in the U.S., and the summer blend, which should only cost pennies more, will add around 37 cents per gallon for SoCal gas consumers.
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2/9/2016
Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog explains how oil companies purposefully kept gas supplies low in California to drive prices, and their profits, up artificially.
News Release
2/8/2016
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Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog delivered a report today to a state panel finding that California’s largest oil refiners calibrated imports and exports of gasoline to artificially inflate gasoline prices during the first nine months of 2015, when gas prices were consistently $1 per gallon higher than the nationwide average. The report...
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2/8/2016
Gouging by oil companies could be one reason California drivers pay about 76 cents more for a gallon of regular gas than motorists elsewhere in the nation, a state government panel was told by Consumer Watchdog on Monday.
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2/8/2016
Consumer Watchdog accused America’s two largest oil companies — Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. — of deliberately starving California’s gasoline market of supplies last year in a bid to push up prices.