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3/26/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan

Quin Murphy - Chula Vista, CA Quin Murphy at 16 was a soccer fanatic, with a family who supported him, coached him, even went on trips with him to watch favorite teams. In 2010, all of that ended. Quin and his family fell into a four-month tragedy of medical bumbling...
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2/16/2014
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Triple-A has been American drivers’ friend almost since U.S. roads linked the nation together. It has rescued families from flat tires and worse. It has planned millions of family vacations and sold well-regarded auto insurance. It has always skewed toward older...
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2/7/2014
Posted by Judy Dugan

March 2014 update: Victory! The insurers have settled with Aunt Kay, thanks to the campaign mounted by her nephew Dan Shea. If only every person stuck in insurance company hell had Dan's smarts, tenacity and resources! Or better yet, if only insurance companies...
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2/5/2014
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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...
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2/24/2013
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The power of the petroleum industry in California may be unparalleled in the states. Its lobbying machine is  stupendously successful.  For instance, California remains the only significant oil producer that does not tax oil extracted in the state. It has...
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2/13/2013
Posted 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....
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1/31/2013
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The news reports were on the gee-whiz side this week as state job safety regulators announced nearly $1 million in fines--the largest ever!-- against Chevron for its refinery blaze last August.  But "largest ever" only means that the levy hit the state...
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1/28/2013
Posted 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...
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1/18/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan

Comedy is funnier when it hits you in the gut. That's what made a famous skit by Lily Tomlin about the phone company's abuse of customers so memorable, one tag line being "We are omnipotent." AT&T is still at it. As columnist James Temple writes...
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8/22/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan

Drivers in at least three Midwest states--including the cities of Chicago and Milwaukee--still don't know what BP put in the bad gasoline that stalled their cars, fouled their fuel systems and is costing up to $1,400 to fix. BP, operator of the Whiting, Ind.,...