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Blog Post
12/13/2016
By Jamie Court
Would longtime Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson make the most inappropriate Secretary of State in American history? In 2012, Vladimir Putin was quoted saying to Tillerson, “Mr. Tillerson, I am very happy to see you… This is already our second meeting in a short span of time and there is a good explanation for this: increasingly close...
Video
11/16/2016
Consumer advocates say consumers should be prepared for gas prices to jump up again due to another fire at the Exxon Torrance refinery, which is causing outages.
Video
8/6/2016
Consumer Watchdog said the high profits from the state refiners that report them helps to explain the odd, extreme current gap between retail and wholesale gasoline prices in the state.
Video
8/6/2016
View on YouTube Consumer Watchdog says California drivers are being taken for a ride by Big Oil, because wholesale oil prices are among the lowest in the nation, but our retail gas prices are among the highest in the nation.
News Release
8/4/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA –  Consumer Watchdog pointed today to big new California oil profit reports, gasoline pricing data and a candid remark from a refinery CEO to show that the companies are making unreasonable profits from California drivers due to their market power and anti-competitive practices.   Today oil refiner Tesoro reported...
Blog Post
6/3/2016
By Cody Rosenfield
Update:  The clock last reset on October 910th after an unplanned shutdown at PBF's Torrance refinery. The refinery went offline after a 25 minute power outage in Torrance.   When refineries go down, gasoline prices go up.  That's why we started the clock on the next "unplanned" refinery outage: the Golden State...
News Release
4/22/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & Cody Rosenfield
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...
Video
1/4/2016
Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court delivered this testimony and slide presentation on December 16th, 2015, to the California Energy Commission's Petroleum Market Advisory Committee in Sacramento.  The panel is charged with determining the causes of gasoline price volatility.   Court lays out information compiled by Consumer...
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...