Archive | February, 2009

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Loving Exxon and Ben Stein?

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24. February 2009

Loving Exxon and Ben Stein?

When I hear that Ben Stein and the chairman of Exxon are both pushing a policy that I like, it scares me to pieces. Last month, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson said in a speech that he favors a carbon tax–a tax levied directly on global warming emissions–over the free-market "cap and trade" system that Europe [...]

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Groups Seek Hot Fuel Records

CONTACT: Judy Dugan 310-392-0522, ext. 305 or 213-280-0175 (cell); or Tyson Slocum (Public Citizen), 202-256-3152

24. February 2009

Groups Seek Hot Fuel Records

Consumer Groups Seek Records of California Energy Commission On Disputed ‘Hot Fuel’ Report, After Conflict of Interest Charge Against Commissioner Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen have filed a detailed request for public records of the California Energy Commission, seeking communications between its professional staff and a politically appointed member of the [...]

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Tesoro Refinery Slow Down

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23. February 2009

Tesoro Refinery Slow Down

Local Refinery Will Slow Or Stop For Repairs By George Avalos, INSIDE BAY AREA (CALIFORNIA) February 23, 2009  Tesoro Corp. has slowed production on a hydrocracker unit at the company’s Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez in a move that stoked a new debate over gasoline prices that have risen while crude oil prices have plunged. [...]

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Group May Lose Hot Fuel Fight

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20. February 2009

Group May Lose Hot Fuel Fight

Consumer Group May Lose Hot Fuel Fight By Staff Reporters, KGO-TV ABC7 (SAN FRANCISO, CA) February 20, 2009 SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A consumer group’s fight over hot fuel is gearing down, and it looks like they will not get what they want. Gas expands and contracts depending on the temperature. A study by the [...]

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Exxon Santa Barbara spill

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18. February 2009

Exxon Santa Barbara spill

2-18-09 by dugan 2-19 update: AP update from last night says it’s definitely a lubricant oil spill from a tank on the platform, but still not fixed. Why’s that? And how long was it leaking before it was "discovered" (by who?) on Monday 2-16. Lots of questions, but sadly no coverage except AP in the [...]

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Solar power grab in L.A.

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18. February 2009

Solar power grab in L.A.

2-18-09 by dugan There’s no organized opposition to a misbegotten and politics-ridden solar power initiative on the March 3 city ballot in Los Angeles–because there’s no money to be made from opposing it, and because potential opponents who might do business with the city are intimidated. But a few well-informed and dedicated citizens trooped up [...]

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What’s up with gas prices?

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17. February 2009

What’s up with gas prices?

2-17-09 by dugan The motto of the oil industry is: "If you can’t haul in profit on the front end, hit the back end." OK, I just made that up . But California gasoline prices are averaging over $2.30 a gallon today on the AAA fuel gauge, even with crude oil between between $34 and [...]

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Your loss, big oil’s win

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11. February 2009

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Your loss, big oil’s win

02-11-09 by dugan When the gruesome California state budget struggle finally ends, Californians will pay: higher sales taxes, vehicle fees, gasoline taxes and income taxes, acccording to a Sacramento Bee story with the ring of truth. A proposal to charge a modest severance tax on oil pumped in California appears to have vanished at the [...]

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Timing is everything

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10. February 2009

Timing is everything

2-10-09 by dugan Last night, a few hours after Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen sent out a news release that was highly critical of the California Energy Commission (along with a letter pointing out a key commissioner’s conflict of interest on the "hot fuel" issue), the CEC canceled tomorrow’s showdown meeting. The cancellation puts off [...]

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CEC’s Skew To Big Oil Protested

CONTACT: Judy Dugan 310-392-0522 ext. 305; or Tyson Slocum, 202-256-3152 (cell)

9. February 2009

CEC’s Skew To Big Oil Protested

Consumer Groups Protest California Energy Commission’s Skew to Oil Industry in ‘Hot Fuel’ Report Letter to Commissioner Heading Hot Fuel Study Cites His Clear Conflict of Interest:  Spouse’s Petroleum Association Job Washington, DC — Two national consumer advocacy groups today protested a report by the California Energy Commission that is likely to roll back consumer [...]

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Bacon-scented tailpipes?

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6. February 2009

Bacon-scented tailpipes?

02-06-09 by dugan You know the coffee can full of bacon grease that Grandma used to keep for frying? Or, in parts of the South, to drizzle on bread? Well, yeah, it was tasty but not so good for you, and most people now either put it down the drain (bad) or  stick the full [...]

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Big solar’s big problems

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5. February 2009

Big solar’s big problems

02-05-09 Is giant solar as big a boondoggle as Big Oil? One of the best energy reporters I’ve worked with, Craig Rose of San Diego, has a piece in the latest issue of Nation magazine (subscription barrier) that argues in complete and understandable detail why "small solar"–on urban rooftops, near electric substations, along existing power [...]

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When greens do greenwashing

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3. February 2009

When greens do greenwashing

02-03-09 by dugan One of the most valuable endorsements an energy project can get is the Sierra Club. Usually the venerable environmental group does its homework, at least at the state and national level. But a couple of recent endorsements make me wonder who’s watching the watchers. One involves a plan to resume coastal drilling [...]

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