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Two Refineries Down, Gas Prices Up: Consumer Watchdog Calls For On-Site Inspections To Investigate Price Manipulation

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18. February 2015

Two Refineries Down, Gas Prices Up: Consumer Watchdog Calls For On-Site Inspections To Investigate Price Manipulation

Santa Monica, CA—Responding to a shutdown of two refineries that produce 16 percent of the state’s gasoline, Consumer Watchdog called on state officials to send independent inspectors to verify refinery claims that the shutdowns were really necessary.

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Congress Gets It Backward

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17. June 2010

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Congress Gets It Backward

  How is it that renewable energy producers struggle to renew expiring, and already expired, tax breaks and other funding credits in Congress, while the Senate overwhelmingly refuses to cut Big Oil’s $35 billion in taxpayer subsidies? Something to ponder as BP’s CEO faces withering fire for BP’s catastrophic spill in a House Committee hearing […]

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LiveBlog: Big Oil = Big Tobacco?

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15. June 2010

LiveBlog: Big Oil = Big Tobacco?

In a scene most evocative of the infamous Big Tobacco hearing in 1994 when tobacco executives lined up and testified under oath that nicotine was not addictive, the oil executives have responded disappointingly to a series of questions about climate change by Rep. Inslee. Inslee asked the executives to go down the line and respond, […]

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Liveblog: BP’s ‘Dead’ Phone Numbers

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15. June 2010

Liveblog: BP’s ‘Dead’ Phone Numbers

Why do you have phone numbers for dead people in your contingency plan? …asks Chairman Markey. Markey questions each of the five executives whether it is appropriate to have phone numbers listed for "long-dead" experts and references to "walruses" that have been extinct in the Gulf for quite a while in their oil spill contingency […]

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LiveBlog: Big Oil Hearing

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15. June 2010

LiveBlog: Big Oil Hearing

LiveBlogging the Energy & Commerce Hearing with Oil Executives This morning executives from five of the largest oil companies in the U.S. – ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, BP America, and Shell – are testifying before the Energy & Environment subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Tony Hayward, BP’s chief executive, is not present. He […]

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Oil Price Spikes As Oil Profits Skid

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30. July 2009

Oil Price Spikes As Oil Profits Skid

Oil Price Spike, As Exxon And Others’ Profit Skids, Shows Potential For New Economy-Killing Energy Roller Coaster, Says Consumer Watchdog Profit Reports Offer More Proof That Oil Prices Are Disconnected From Actual Petroleum CONTACT: Judy Dugan, July 30, 2009 Santa Monica, CA — On the same day that Exxon Mobil reported a second quarter profit […]

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A tar sands mole gets whacked

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26. May 2009

A tar sands mole gets whacked

05-26-09 by dugan 05-27 update: The NRDC has agreed to remove itself from the "advisory committee" for the pro-oil sands study described below and and denounce or at least dispute the study’s findings. An e-mail sent this morning by an NRDC attorney said: "Just to let you know that NRDC is off the Advisory Committee […]

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Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

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20. April 2009

Biofuels’ bad rap needs do-over

04-20-09 by dugan The biofuel industry was robbed by the California Air Resources Board, says a letter today from scientists at the Sandia National Laboratories. The biofuels industry has been crying foul since the California Air Resources Board put out a study ranking current biofuels as equal to or maybe worse than petroleum in their […]

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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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Conoco’s 4th Qtr Loss

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28. January 2009

Conoco’s 4th Qtr Loss

Conoco’s Loss: Consumer Group Sees Trend of Major Oil Companies Waiting Out Recession, Not Investing for Recovery Corporate Cutbacks Now Likely to Generate Price Spikes Later As Economy Tries to Recover Santa Monica, CA — Conoco Phillips’ CEO today deflected questions on the company’s layoff plans, investment cutbacks and refineries, saying the company was hunkering […]

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Back to $100 Oil, Unless…

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7. November 2008

Back to $100 Oil, Unless…

11-7-08 by dugan     The big consumer news today is continuously dropping gasoline prices, down to $2.31 a gallon nationally and below $2.00 in one state, Missouri. Drivers are still keeping their cars in the garage and their wallets closed in down-spiraling economy. Crude oil is about $60 a barrel ($1.43 a gallon). But […]

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Musical chairs in big oil

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27. October 2008

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Musical chairs in big oil

10-26-08 by dugan If the oil business were competitive, somebody might feel sorry for BP. The British-based oil giant dropped today to No. 4 among the Big 5 companies, dipping below Chevron in total worth. It was No. 2 after ExxonMobil until 2005, when it fell below Shell because of management neglect, including poor safety […]

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Oil profiteering, both ways

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9. October 2008

Oil profiteering, both ways

10-9-08 by dugan It’s almost time for oil companies to tell us how astounding their "earnings" were in the last three months–how, as the economy tumbled deep into recession and Americans lost their jobs and retirement savings, oil companies reaped new billions in profits. How’d they do it? As I suspected, they’ll be telling us […]

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