Archive | March, 2009

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Chevron’s torture(d) lawyer

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31. March 2009

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Chevron’s torture(d) lawyer

03-31-09 by dugan Corporate arrogance leads to corporate blindness: AIG execs who packaged impossible risk into AAA securities, bankers who lent trillions on a bet that the real estate bubble would never pop. In Chevron’s case, it’s a CEO who hired one of the Bush administration’s chief torture-enablers as the company’s top legal adviser and […]

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Conoco’s chicken-fat fade-out

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26. March 2009

Conoco’s chicken-fat fade-out

When a major oil company announces a green fuels project, the trumpet is loud. Press releases, media blitz, public officials on site. The death of the project is a slink-away-at-midnight affair. So it is with ConocoPhillips’ deal with Tyson Foods in Arkansas to make biodiesel from waste animal fat—tons of it. Conoco CEO Jim Mulva […]

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Look who’s talking

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25. March 2009

Look who’s talking

03-25-09 by dugan There’s no doubt that the ethanol industry is in trouble. Credit crunch, ugly recession, and roller-coaster energy prices that spook investors. The Des Moines Register has a good rundown today on cellulosic ethanol startups that can’t get private investors to finance commercial-scale plants. One puzzling thing–a chief problem cited in the story […]

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Exxon anniversary surprise

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24. March 2009

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Exxon anniversary surprise

04-24-09 by dugan Here’s the best proof I’ve seen that every last thing Exxon does is about the bottom line. On the 20th anniversary of the disastrous Exxon Valdez oil spill, Exxon is still running single-hulled tankers, including a sister ship of the Exxon Valdez, into the Alaskan port of Valdez. The tanker, SeaRiver Long […]

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Palin, Obama, Exxon & “T Rex”

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18. March 2009

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Palin, Obama, Exxon & “T Rex”

Does OilWatchdog troll gossip sites? Well, how else to stumble on the Conde Nast Portfolio cover of Sarah Palin, with leftover photos from her Vogue shoot and a bottom line that she’s not governing anything, including Alaska’s dreamed-of natural gas pipeline. But the real prize is another story in the same issue, by Peter Waldman, […]

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Conflict Taints Hot Fuel Study Outcome

CONTACT: Judy Dugan 213-280-0175, or 310-392-0522 x305, or Jamie Court, x327

17. March 2009

Conflict Taints Hot Fuel Study Outcome

Consumer Group Letters Charge Conflict of Interest in Oil-Friendly Outcome of California Fuel Temperature Study Gov. Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Bass Asked for Action to Protect Consumer Fairness Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog has filed a state complaint that a conflict of interest affected the outcome of the California Energy Commission’s study on the costs […]

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Speculators back at work

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12. March 2009

Speculators back at work

The fuel dealers’ newsletter Oil Express sent around a bulletin today that shows who’s still gyrating the price of oil, gasoline and diesel. The headline: Gasoline, Diesel, Crude Ride Surge in Wild Thursday Trading. Prices spiked up to 10 cents a gallon for wholesale gasoline, and $5 a barrel for crude oil. The culprits? Futures […]

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CEC Says No To Hot Fuel Fix

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12. March 2009

CEC Says No To Hot Fuel Fix

No Benefit To Motorists In A ‘Hot Fuel’ Fix, State Panel Says California Energy Commission says the costs of compensating for gasoline temperature would outweigh the gains in fuel volume. By Marc Lifsher, LOS ANGELES TIMES March 12, 2009 Sacramento, CA — Amid allegations of conflict of interest, the five members of the California Energy […]

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Hot Fuel Study Fixed For Big Oil

CONTACT: Judy Dugan 213-280-0175; or Doug Heller, 310-392-0522 x309

11. March 2009

Hot Fuel Study Fixed For Big Oil

Documents Show Political Appointees Interfered With Cal. Energy Commission Study Of Hot Fuel Ripoff To Protect Oil Companies Consumer Group Says Government Staff’s Consumer-Oriented Findings Were Altered by Commissioners With Ties to Oil Industry Santa Monica, CA — Public documents retrieved by Consumer Watchdog reveal that, after private meetings with oil industry representatives, some of […]

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Smart grid: Genius or greenwash

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6. March 2009

Smart grid: Genius or greenwash

03-08-09 by dugan "Move over, Big Oil. There’s a new VIP guest in the White House: Silicon Valley." Writers know you have to nab readers with the lead paragraph. That one above, by Erika Lovley of Politico for a story on the politics of the "smart grid" is a champ. Who wouldn’t want IBM and […]

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Word fight over hot fuel

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4. March 2009

Word fight over hot fuel

03-04-09 by dugan Are fairness and transparency in buying and selling just "public perceptions" that are "subjective" and "variable"? Of course not. That’s why regulators measure and inspect the scales at your supermarket. They even limit the amount of water injected into a frozen turkey, since it’s not something shoppers can see for themselves. So […]

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Clean fun with coal

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3. March 2009

Clean fun with coal

Opponents of coal got a big buzz the past week by releasing a YouTube video, "Clean Coal Air Freshener," produced by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.  It’s good as the sparkling family chokes, and the ranch house spews a gray cloud-but not as good as the Coens’ wood chipper scene in "Fargo." I think the […]

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Groups Dispute Hot Fuel Report

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2. March 2009

Groups Dispute Hot Fuel Report

California Consumer Groups Dispute ‘Hot Fuel’ Report By Joanna Franco, OCTANE WEEK March 2, 2009  Two consumer rights groups in California are claiming that the lead energy commissioner involved in a gasoline "hot fuel" study has a conflict of interest because his wife serves in an executive position with the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). […]

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