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News Release
10/12/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court, Cody Rosenfield & Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — The oil industry is refusing to produce a single representative to answer questions tomorrow on gasoline supplies and possible manipulation of gasoline prices before advisors to the California Energy Commission, Consumer Watchdog said today.  It’s the second rebuff to government. Last March, no oil industry...
News Release
9/30/2015
CONTACT Jamie Court, Liza Tucker & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – ExxonMobil’s sale today of its Torrance Refinery may allow it to escape the state, but not culpability for the February 18 explosion or its subsequent coverups over its causes. That explosion injured four workers and endangered the community, and touched off a price spike that cost Californians $6 billion more for...
Blog Post
9/30/2015
By Liza Tucker
As government scrutiny intensifies on ExxonMobil, the company is apparently getting out of the state. Exxon  is reportedly selling its hobbled Torrance refinery in the wake of an investigation into management's responsiblity for an explosion Feb.18 that endangered workers and the community. Consumer Watchdog wrote a letter last week to...
News Release
9/11/2015
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today asked the California Attorney General and US Attorneys to investigate the oil industry for mail fraud when its trade association sent out a mass mailing this week with a fraudulent web site address or URL attacking climate change legislation. The mailer deceived the recipients about the oil industry...
Blog Post
9/10/2015
By Jamie Court
The power of California’s oil refiners is always felt but rarely visible in Sacramento.  It was on full display at Wednesday’s press conference when the Governor, State Senate leader and Assembly Speaker acknowledged that California's effort to lead the world by cutting petroleum use in half was dead for the year due to oil...
Video
8/25/2015
Gas prices are down in the rest of the nation, but in California is seeing very little relief at the pump. Jamie Court explains why.
Video
8/10/2015
Nationwide, average gas prices are falling at the fastest rate since January due to cheaper crude oil costs and the resolution of some refinery issues but in California, the gap between local prices and the rest of the country is bigger than ever. Jamie Court explains that it is due to price gouging by oil companies who are scoring record high...
Video
8/6/2015
Consumer Watchdog and NextGen Climate are calling for a change in law to protect consumers from inflated prices at the pump. "This is a market that is not functioning for California consumers and it's functioning for the people who are running the market, and that has got to change," NextGen Climate president Tom Steyer said.Both...
Blog Post
8/5/2015
By Cody Rosenfield
NextGen Climate Founder and businessman Tom Steyer joined Consumer Watchdog today to release a new report on California oil refiner price gouging. The new report used corporate and state data to analyze refiner profits in the state, which have grown exponentially since California's price spike began in February. If calls on elected officials...
Video
8/5/2015
California gas prices are typically among the most expensive in the nation, but a consumer advocacy group on Wednesday called for legislation to put a stop to what it says is major league price-gouging -- to the tune of nearly $5 billion so far this year.