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Gasoline Trading Company Vitol Blames ExxonMobil Misinformation for California 2015 Gas Price Spike, Governor’s Committee Turns to Retail Price Manipulation as Cause
Santa Monica, CA -- Testifying before a state panel investigating California’s high gas prices, oil-trading company Vitol blamed ExxonMobil’s lack of transparency for the record 2015 gas price spike. Brad Lucas, a West Coast trader for the company, stated...
Report Finds Big Energy Companies Gave Big $ and Got Big Favors From Governor Brown With Dollars and Decisions Flowing In Close Proximity To Each Other
Santa Monica, CA—Public interest group Consumer Watchdog today reported that twenty-six energy companies including the state’s three major investor-owned utilities, Occidental, Chevron, and NRG—all with business before the state—donated $9.8...
Consumer Watchdog Calls On Bonilla To Restore Privacy Provisions In Self-Driving Bus Bill; Says Assemblywoman Capitulated To Robot Carmakers And Surrendered Consumer Protections
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to restore key privacy protections to her bill (AB 1592) that would allow self-driving shuttle buses to be tested on California roads without human drivers. “It...
CA Oil Refiners Pump Up Profits Through Lowest Wholesale Gasoline Price in USA And Highest Retail Prices; Refinery CEO Investor Comments Points To Market Rigging
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...
Consumer Watchdog: Lack of CA Rate Regulation Leads To Double Digit Premium Increases At Covered California
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog said the 13.2% rise in health insurance premiums for 2017 announced by Covered California is the result of the state’s failure to enact health insurance rate regulation like nearly 40 other states. “These outrageous...
It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors from a donor he...
Governor Brown and legislative leaders announced a series of agreed-upon reforms to target the corruption that's haunted the Public Utilities Comission during the Brown-era and immediately prior to it. There are some substantive changes on the list...
PUC Papers Site Reveals 100,000 Plus Internal Emails and Documents That Shine Light On Utilities Corruption Ring During Governor Brown Era
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog has launched the first searchable website with hundreds of thousands of emails and other files uncovered from corruption scandals at the California Public Utilities Commission during Governor Jerry Brown's Administration....
Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik recently took on the "drug money" against a November ballot measure to require the state to pay the lowest price available for prescription drugs, which is the Veterans Administration prices. Drug...
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...