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California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

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17. December 2014

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

A report released by Consumer Watchdog at the summit showed that the companies had spent more than $100 million on lobbying and campaign contributions during the last five years in California to combat environmental protections.

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Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

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15. December 2014

Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline.

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

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20. April 2013

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

It’s Earth Day. Here in California, state regulators are celebrating with their Keep California Beautiful Event that kicks off at the State Capitol followed by cleanup activities, like picking up litter and collecting e-waste, across the State. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that protects communities from toxic harm is in on the act […]

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Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

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25. July 2012

Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

The word “fracking” exploded into the American vocabulary just a few years ago. People from Pennsylvania to Wyoming found chemicals creeping into their drinking water; some could light flammable gases straight from the faucet (video).as oil companies injected chemical-laced water deep underground to fracture gas-bearing rock. But in California, a narrow industry definition of fracking and the inattention of regulators kept the state mostly out of the conversation.

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California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

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15. May 2012

California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

California gasoline prices are still soaring, even as the rest of the nation sees falling pump prices. The reason is simple: Refiners control the supply.

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“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

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29. March 2012

“Gas Pain” At Pump and Smokestack

This California license plate, “Gas Pain,” might be the sly joke of a gastroenterologist, but it’s not on a Mercedes. So let’s stipulate that it means pain at the pump, with a gallon of regular gas stuck for months at around $4.40. This kind of price is as usual fueled by investor speculation and an […]

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

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3. January 2012

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Ohio’s Earthquake: Top 10 New Ways to Use Toxic Gas-Drilling Waste

Ohio has shut down the natural gas drilling wastewater disposal well that triggers earthquakes. Politicians are finally reacting to drinking water contamination, too. We need new disposal methods for the salty, toxic waste and ways to hold oil companies accountable. Here are 10 great ways to do both!

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

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3. January 2012

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2012: Few Jobs, But Gobs of Profit for Oil

The reviled “jobless recovery” of the U.S. economy won’t improve much in 2012, say the usual forecasters. But oil company executives and market speculators can break out the champagne now as the price of crude oil starts the year with a huge jump. It’s not about Iranian threats or rising demand, it’s about speculative profits.

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Wall Street Oil Speculators Hurt Families, U.S. Economy

14. October 2011

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Wall Street Oil Speculators Hurt Families, U.S. Economy

OilWatchdog and other critics of commodity speculation have long said that rampant speculation in oil futures markets  has hurt families, cost jobs and kept the U.S. economy teetering on the edge of recession. Energy analyst Marc Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America, in a nailed-down new study. finds that speculators are adding about $600 to […]

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State’s Drivers Ease Up On The Gas

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2. October 2011

“The pain in their wallets is causing them to rethink their lifestyles,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog in Santa Monica, a frequent critic of Big Oil. “People tend to be a lot more environmentally conscious when just ignoring it is going to cost them something.” The changes are even more significant, Court said, given the steady rise in the number of drivers. “It shows that ultimately we can solve both the higher emission problem and the higher consumption problem associated with more drivers if we can continue to improve fuel efficiency technology,” Court said.

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Take Action on Gas Prices

20. September 2011

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Take Action on Gas Prices

Here’s a petition from our ally Public Citizen, calling on federal regulators to quit stalling and rein in the financial speculators who are jacking up gasoline prices. It’s well worth the few seconds to click on the link and sign the petition. Fight back against Goldman Sachs and the other big banks whose speculation costs […]

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Why Is Gasoline Price Staying High?

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10. August 2011

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Why Is Gasoline Price Staying High?

The old adage about gasoline prices, “up like a rocket, down like a feather,” has never been so true. The price of crude oil in recent days has been down near $80 a barrel, translating to about $1.92 a gallon. But the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA, is […]

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Gasoline Pump Prices Line Refiners’ Pockets

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17. May 2011

Gasoline Pump Prices Line Refiners’ Pockets

The financial news today is that oil prices are down below $90 a barrel from over $100, and futures market prices for gasoline are down 5% to below $3.00 a gallon. Will that translate to big savings at the pump? Don’t bet on it, at least not for long. OilWatchdog has watched for years as […]

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