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Chevron Counts on Jigsaw Puzzle of Safety Regulation to Escape Oversight, Accountability, Says Consumer Watchdog

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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Chevron Counts on Jigsaw Puzzle of Safety Regulation to Escape Oversight, Accountability, Says Consumer Watchdog

Santa Monica, CA — Monday night’s explosion and hours-long fire at Chevron’s large oil refinery in Richmond, Ca., released toxic chemicals including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in unknown amounts, sending hundreds of local residents to local hospitals with breathing and eye complaints. Yet the state agency with the most expertise in regulating such toxins, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, claims it has little to no oversight of dangerous substances produced in refinery accidents, said Consumer Watchdog.

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Regulator to Shut Down Refiner After Leak That Endangered N. California Community

Monday, July 16, 2012

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Consumer Watchdog Urges Regulator to Shut Down Refiner After Leak That Endangered N. California Community

State Department of toxic Substances Control Must Send “Strong Message” to Evergreen Oil Re-Refiner Over Repeated Safety Lapses, Accidents Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog called on the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Debbie Raphael, to indefinitely close the Evergreen Oil waste-oil re-refinery in Newark, Ca. in a letter sent today. On July 6, a pipe leak spewed “superheated oil” and triggered an emergency evacuation of the facility. The company and Newark police warned the surrounding community, including a nearby elementary school, to expect a wave of “strong odors” from the leak.

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State’s Drivers Ease Up On The Gas

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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"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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Big Oil’s ‘jobs’ echo chamber

Thursday, September 16, 2010

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Big Oil’s ‘jobs’ echo chamber

It’s amazing how oil companies stay so completely on message. The American Petroleum Institute, the oil industry mouthpiece, is pushing the same deceptive “jobs, jobs, jobs” message as the Texas oil companies backing Proposition 23 on the California ballot. Both are saying that any shift toward greener energy that costs the oil industry a dime [...]

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

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Natural gas: Not safe, and not all that green

The way natural gas promoters talk about their pet fuel, you’d think it was green as clover and safe as baby oil. After the deadly San Bruno, California, gas line explosion, however, hawkers like natural gas billionaire T. Boone Pickens have gone silent. No more calls to action and pleas to phone your member of [...]

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Big Oil’s New Ballot War

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

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Big Oil’s New Ballot War

06-23-10 by dugan   Californians are getting sick to death of corporate-sponsored ballot initiatives. And they’re catching on to who’s behind the slogans, voting down two deceptively marketed initiatives on the June ballot  that were wholly owned by a power company and an auto insurance company. But here it comes again. A ballot initiative mostly [...]

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Congress Gets It Backward

Thursday, June 17, 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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$3.00 a Gallon Now, $4.00 When?

Monday, January 11, 2010

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$3.00 a Gallon Now, $4.00 When?

01-11-10 by dugan   Why be obsessed with the price of gasoline? Easy. High energy prices, including prices at the pump, will slow and even reverse economic recovery. Every 10-cent a gallon increase in the price of a gallon of gas means another $1 billion  less for consumers to spend on anything else. As the [...]

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Oil’s at $82; Where’s the Sheriff?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

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Oil’s at $82; Where’s the Sheriff?

1-05-10 by dugan   Supplies of oil and fuel in the U.S. are up, and so is the price of oil–it has surged to $82 dollar a barrel, pushing gasoline over $3.00 a gallon in California. Wait, isn’t price supposed to go down as supplies rise? This kind of speculator-driven disconnection of energy prices from [...]

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Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

Friday, August 28, 2009

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Who’s killing the U.S. dollar?

08-28-09 by dugan   Did you hear the one about how the Bush administration used the wrong calculations last year when it declared that it wasn’t financial speculation causing the huge oil spike price?  It’s one of many newsworthy punchlines of a strong new study that describes how government handed our energy markets over to [...]

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Nissan’s oil liberation car?

Monday, August 3, 2009

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Nissan’s oil liberation car?

  After the General Motors EV-1 got torn from owners’ hands and sent to the crusher, all-electric cars for the mass market seemed doomed. Even electric sports-car maker Tesla, of the $180,000 zoomer, priced its low-production 2009 sedan at $50,000 base–a price not in reach of most families I know. So here comes Nissan, zooming [...]

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“Junker” bonus: More GM welfare?

Monday, July 27, 2009

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“Junker” bonus: More GM welfare?

7-27-09 by dugan   Shoulda been a big gain for the environment: Turn in your gas-guzzling clunker for a federal credit up to $4,500 to buy a cleaner car. Not much cleaner, it turns out: as little as 4 mpg for passenger cars, and 0–yep, zero–for big pickups. It’s welfare for auto companies more than [...]

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Walk the walk on speculation

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

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Walk the walk on speculation

Gary Gensler made news today by repeating some earlier pledges to get speculative oil markets under control. He has to act soon. If oil prices can hit $70 a barrel in this economy, they'll shoot back up to $140 a barrel, with $4-a-gallon gasoline, at the slightest encouragement.

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