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Blog Post
12/16/2014
By Jamie Court
I have been watching oil companies get away with price gouging for so many years that it was refreshing to see California's top political leaders let the oil companies know that they're going to be on the hot seat if they try to undermine California's landmark environmental laws taking effect in January. The admonitions to Big Oil came...
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12/15/2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) - Jonathan Bloom Reporting.   California's political leaders came to Oakland on Monday for a summit on climate change. And with new rules taking effect Jan. 1, some say the biggest battle right now is information versus misinformation. Governor Jerry Brown began his address to hundreds of climate change experts by...
News Release
12/15/2014
CONTACT Carmen Balber & Jamie Court
Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline. “In addition to unprecedented lobbying and campaign contribution...
Blog Post
2/5/2014
By Judy Dugan
TransCanada, the company that would build and own the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada’s tar sand fields to the U.S. Gulf Coast, has dialed up its lobbying in Congress after a U.S. State Department report that favored the pipeline. The giant oil pipeline is perfectly clean and safe, say the lobbyists. TransCanada will be using the best,...
News Release
8/8/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court or Carmen Balber
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether top Assembly communications chief Steve Maviglio broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while...
News Release
7/17/2013
CONTACT Jamie Court & Judy Dugan
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Keystone XL pipeline will raise gasoline prices in the United States, hiking prices at the pump 20 to 40 cents per gallon in the Midwest, with no long-term economic benefit to the U.S. economy, says a new report by Consumer Watchdog.   The report finds that: Drivers, especially in the Midwest, would pay 20 cents...
Blog Post
4/21/2013
By Jamie Court
The New York Times report today that the Koch brothers have moved closer to purchasing The Los Angeles Times sent shivers through Angelenos like me who cling to Thomas Jefferson’s admonition about the importance of the freedom of the press. "The only security of all is in a free press,” Jefferson wrote to Lafayette in 1823...
News Release
3/18/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Brown to conduct his own investigation into allegations of financial conflict of interest at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and to put two officials at the department on administrative leave immediately. Consumer Watchdog first raised the allegations in a...
Blog Post
2/13/2013
By Judy Dugan
  It was a relief to hear more than a passing reference to climate change in President Obama's State of the Union Speech, including promises of more support for wind and solar power. But the oil industry heard nothing to even cause even a smidgen of concern. Asking Congress to "get together to pursue a bipartisan, market-based...
Blog Post
1/28/2013
By Judy Dugan
California's oil and gas industry regulators are about to write final state regulations on the controversial practice of fracking natural gas and oil wells in the state. Don't expect any backbone, however, from the state Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Regulation. So far, the draft proposals boil down to "trust the oil industry...