Archive | December, 2008

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Oil platforms are forever

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29. December 2008

Oil platforms are forever

12-29-08 by dugan With a new administration a few weeks from office, and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in opposition, the likelihood of new offshore oil rigs popping up along the California coast may seem slim. But never underestimate the lobbying power of oil. The San Francisco Chronicle today offers a chilling overview of how much coastal […]

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Gas Prices Fall in US, Rise in CA

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29. December 2008

Gas Prices Fall in US, Rise in CA

Retail Gasoline Prices Fall In U.S., Edge Up In California By Ronald D. White, LOS ANGELES TIMES December 29, 2008   The U.S. average retail gasoline price fell for the 25th straight week to a level not seen since early 2004, the Energy Department said today. But California’s gasoline prices inched higher by nearly half […]

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Petroleum’s Happy Holiday

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24. December 2008

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Petroleum’s Happy Holiday

12-24-08 by dugan The White House giveaways have been so fast and furious that they’re hard to track. But here are a couple of recent tales that round up the oil industry loot in this lame-duck season–our stockings may be empty, but not Exxon’s (and friends’). Guest Columnist Timothy Egan in the New York Times: […]

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Chevron’s Perfect Match

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23. December 2008

Chevron’s Perfect Match

12-23-08 by dugan   It’s great to see a story that puts together the scathing investigative criticism of the Defense Department’s torture-enabling former chief counsel, William Haynes, and Haynes’ new job as chief counsel for Chevron Corp. A report today by Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle doesn’t delve into Chevron’s own human-rights problems, […]

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Press Release

Oil Down, Pump Price Up

CONTACT: 310 392-0522, ext. 305

22. December 2008

Oil Down, Pump Price Up

Gasoline Prices in California Headed Up as Oil Prices Keep Dropping; Poll Shows Support for Refiner Oversight Refiners in State Producing 14.8% Less Gasoline Than Year Ago as Producers Push to Raise Pump Price   A sharp return to rising gasoline prices in California, pushed by refiner cutbacks on production of gasoline,  may signal a […]

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Fusion Soon, Chevy Volt When?

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19. December 2008

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Fusion Soon, Chevy Volt When?

12-19-08 by dugan     Dan Neil in the LA Times reports today that he got 52 mpg city/highway in a test drive of the production model of the Ford Fusion hybrid, in comfort. Too bad this improved-battery but still traditional hybrid didn’t come out in the spring, when gasoline prices were heading over $4.00 […]

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Auto Bailout’s Big, Bad Sticks

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19. December 2008

Auto Bailout’s Big, Bad Sticks

12-19-08 by dugan   Do I have this right? A giant financial/insurance company, AIG, gets two taxpayer bailouts totaling $150 billion, no strings attached, which does zero to help distressed homeowners or the frozen credit markets. Then today, the White House grudgingly agrees to an auto industry bailout of barely over one-tenth what AIG got […]

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Voters Want Oil Regulation

CONTACT: 310 392-0522 ext. 305 (office), or Jamie Court, 310 874-9989, or Lisa Grove, 503-635-8866

18. December 2008

Voters Want Oil Regulation

Consumer Watchdog For Immediate Release Poll Finds Strong Support for Regulating Oil Companies to Stop ‘Roller Coaster’ Pricing Consumer Watchdog Urges Obama, Energy Secretary-designate Chu to Respond to Public Anger Over Energy Companies’ Rule of U.S. Policy   (Santa Monica)—In a letter to President-elect Obama and Energy Department designee Steven Chu, Consumer Watchdog urged the […]

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Putting energy policy on track

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17. December 2008

Putting energy policy on track

12-17-08 by dugan The New York Times today offered up a tight list of all the wrongs that the new Interior Secretary, Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado, will face the minute he walks into his new office, from sex and drug scandals to a politics-over-science mentality. Not everyone is happy with the choice of Salazar; […]

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$1.60 gasoline, $4.50 heating oil

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17. December 2008

$1.60 gasoline, $4.50 heating oil

12-17-08 by dugan I heard recently from a friend in Maine who is freaking out: she’s paying $4.50 a gallon for her home heating oil, even as drivers pay well under $2.00 a gallon for gasoline. Her problem, and that of thousands of others, is that they locked in a contract price for their heating […]

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One cheer for Exxon

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16. December 2008

One cheer for Exxon

Oil companies said, back when crude oil cost $145 a barrel, that exploration and construction costs were too high for them to invest much in drilling and refining. Exxon, for instance, spurned any project that wouldn’t produce a 30% profit. Now, with oil prices at four-year lows and all other costs dropping as well, now […]

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First, Undo the Harm*

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16. December 2008

First, Undo the Harm*

Sometimes good news mostly illumines the bad news that went before. Take president-elect Obama’s appointment of a four-person "energy and environment" team, including Energy Secretary-designee Steven Chu, Interior Secretary-designee Ken Salazar and a "climate czar," former Environmental Protection Agency leader Carol Browner. Even recognizing the links between energy and environment is an enormous step forward […]

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How to kill green energy

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11. December 2008

How to kill green energy

12-11-08 by dugan Two or three of us at Consumer Watchdog, OilWatchdog’s parent group, have gotten calls today asking our endorsement for the city of Los Angeles’ "Green Energy/Good Jobs Act" on the city’s March 2009 ballot. We won’t be calling back. The ballot measure is a perfect example of using a green excuse to […]

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