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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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Oil Will Grease a Debt-Limit Recession

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27. July 2011

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Oil Will Grease a Debt-Limit Recession

If the U.S. ends the coming weekend without national debt limit deal, it won’t just be bond defaults sending the nation back into a deep, ugly recession. A hint came Tuesday as the price of oil rose a little, nearing $100 a barrel once again even as stocks did a mini-tank, with the Dow down […]

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

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2. December 2010

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Jerry Brown, Can Fiji Make You a Wimp?

The wee island nation of Fiji managed Wednesday to back down a California-owned company and extract a fee of 8 US cents per liter on Fiji Water. The state of California can’t even manage to back down Big Oil and charge a few cents a gallon on oil pumped out of its public lands. Jerry Brown, are you listening?

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Energy Co’s Pay Regulators’ Way

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27. July 2009

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Energy Co’s Pay Regulators’ Way

Energy Firms Help Pay For State Regulators’ Far-Flung Trips By Tom Knudson, SACRAMENTO BEE July 26, 2009 State officials who lead California’s war on global warming often travel abroad on trips supported by the major greenhouse gas polluters they regulate, a Bee investigation has found. Industry lobbyists and executives routinely join them. Since 2006, more […]

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Big Oil Ponies Up To Avoid Taxes

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8. May 2009

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Big Oil Ponies Up To Avoid Taxes

Budget Measures’ Backers Pay Up To Avoid Added Taxes Alcohol, tobacco and oil firms, sports teams and studios could bear a larger fiscal burden if voters say no on May 19. By Eric Bailey, LOS ANGELES TIMES May 8, 2009 SACRAMENTO, CA — The uphill fight for a slate of budget measures on the May […]

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Don’t cry for Chevron and Exxon

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22. January 2009

Don’t cry for Chevron and Exxon

1-22-09 by dugan   Can California’s poor little oil companies–Exxon, Shell, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum among them, afford in these bad times to pay something back to California for oil they extract and sell in the state? Oh, get real. Of course they can, as Richard Holober of the California Consumer Federation so easily shows […]

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Big Oil: We Told You So

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18. November 2008

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Big Oil: We Told You So

Big Oil: We Told You So With prices sharply lower from the summer’s highs, Big Oil’s decision to hold off on new production now seems rather wise. By Steve Hargreaves, CNNMONEY.COM November 18, 2008 NEW YORK, NY — It would be tempting to say they told us so. Back when oil prices were going nowhere […]

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Chevron Profit Soars

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3. November 2008

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Chevron Profit Soars

Chevron Profit Soars, Fueled By Summer Surge In Oil Prices The energy giant nets $7.9 billion in the third quarter, the latest in the industry to post eye-popping earnings. By Marla Dickerson, LOS ANGELES TIMES November 01, 2008 Chevron Corp. on Friday announced earnings of $7.9 billion in the third quarter, capping a week of […]

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Hefty Oxy & BP Profits

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29. October 2008

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Hefty Oxy & BP Profits

Hefty Profits Leave Big Test for Oxy, BP Momentum Could Fade in the Wake of Crude’s Steep Price Decline By Ronald D. White, LOS ANGELES TIMES October 29, 2008 The oil-profit gusher continued Tuesday with Westwood-based Occidental Petroleum posting a 72% boost in earnings for the third quarter on higher production and oil prices that […]

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Silence of the Greens

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2. October 2008

Silence of the Greens

10-2-08 by dugan     OilWatchdog loathes greenwash P.R. by oil companies pretending to be good green citizens. But a revelatory new book points to major environmental groups as enablers of this corporate greenwash. Christine MacDonald, author of the newly published “Green, Inc., An Environmental Insider Reveals How a Good Cause Has Gone Bad,” finds […]

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Pickens Plans Shift Away from Oil

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25. July 2008

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Pickens Plans Shift Away from Oil

Pickens Pitches Plans to Shift U.S. Away from Oil Wind and Natural Gas Are Priorities on List By Dean Calbreath, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE July 25, 2008 Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens became one of the world’s richest people by drilling for petroleum. But these days, he’s spearheading a multimillion-dollar push to wean the nation from […]

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Occidental’s Record High Profit

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25. April 2008

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Occidental’s Record High Profit

Occidental’s Profit Soars 53% to Record High on Surging Oil Prices By Tiffany Hsu, LOS ANGELES TIMES April 25, 2008 Buoyed by booming energy prices and output, Westwood-based Occidental Petroleum Corp. said Thursday that first-quarter profit leaped 53% to an all-time high. Analysts predicted continuing good fortune for the company but warned that a slowing […]

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Whose Is Biggest?

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11. April 2007

Whose Is Biggest?

04/11/07 by dugan It’s a strange world when yearly CEO pay of  $18.4 million looks humble. That’s what Exxon reports paying CEO Rex Tillerson in a filing today. Compared to the $460 million awarded to Ray Irani, the CEO of little Occidental Petroleum, you have to wonder if Tillerson is on the wrong boat. Of […]

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