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Greasing The Wheels

Friday, May 16, 2008

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Greasing The Wheels

5-16-08 by simpson Chevron Corp. just gave $100,000 to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Dream Team Committee making the oil giant the 14th biggest contributor to Arnold since 2003. Chevron has given his various committees a total of $765,800. The most recent infusion of cash came on May 5 just before the Public Utilities Commission signed off on […]

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Chevron Busts Family Budgets

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Chevron Busts Family Budgets

Chevron Busts Family Budgets In Struggling California Town Of Casmalia State PUC Grants Oil Giant’s Water Company 89.7 Percent Rate Increase; Chevron Wanted 138 Percent CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext 317; or cell: 310-292-1902 May 15, 2008 Santa Monica, CA — A decision today  by the California Public Utilities Commission to grant a whopping […]

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Op-Ed: Big Oil & Water

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Op-Ed: Big Oil & Water

The following Op-Ed Commentary by Consumer Watchdog’s John M. Simpson, was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday, May 15, 2008: They say oil and water don’t mix. Maybe that’s why Chevron is so tone-deaf in its dealings with a small California town that depends on the oil company for its water. Chevron, which […]

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Rockefellers: Change Exxon

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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Rockefellers: Change Exxon

04-30-08 by simpson What’s known as America’s First Family of Oil, the Rockefellers, wants Exxon Mobil, the oil giant descended from John D. Rockefeller’s  Standard Oil, to change it is ways. They’re worried the company doesn’t care enough about the environment or developing alternative energy. Forbes quoted Neva Rockefeller Goodwin, a great-granddaughter of John D. […]

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Exxon Hit For Its Secrecy

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Exxon Hit For Its Secrecy

04-29-08 by simpson Oil giant ExxonMobil is as secretive as its competitors in Russia and China, according to a report just released by Transparency International, a global organization fighting corruption. "The tragic paradox, that many resource-rich countries remain poor, stems from a lack of data on oil and gas revenues and how they are managed," […]

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Fighting $4-a-gallon diesel

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Fighting $4-a-gallon diesel

4-23-08 by simpson An Apache Junction, Arizona, trucking firm is fighting to stay in business in the face of $4-a-gallon diesel by driving across the border to Mexico to buy fuel where it sells for $2 a gallon. CNN tells the story of how Romano and Son built a 500-gallon tank to haul diesel fuel […]

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A Chevron Ghost Town?

Thursday, April 3, 2008

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A Chevron Ghost Town?

04-03-08 by simpson Residents of the tiny Central Coast community of Casmalia are asking if Oil Giant Chevron, which supplies water to the community through a subsidiary, wants to turn the hamlet into a ghost town. You’ll recall that the Casmite, the Chevron-owned company supplying water to the community’s 200 residents asked the Public Utilities […]

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Greasing Government's Wheels

Thursday, March 20, 2008

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Greasing Government's Wheels

33/20/08 by simpson What’s it take to keep government chugging along smoothly in your favor? In Exxon Mobil’s case, the oil giant’s executives opted to plunk down $16.9 million in 2007 to lobby the federal government. That’s  the amount listed in a recent disclosure form filed with the U.S. Senate’s office of public disclosure, according […]

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Chevron's Water Fight

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

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Chevron's Water Fight

3-04-08 by simpson A California Public Utilities Commission staff report recommends a whopping 89.7 percent rate increase for a Chevron-owned water company serving the tiny hamlet of Casmalia.  Not as outrageous as the 138 percent increase the company asked for, it still threatens the town’s existence. The PUC proposed hike would mean an average $217 […]

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Big Oil Causing Recession?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

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Big Oil Causing Recession?

1-24-08 by simpson As econmic storm clouds gather and politicos in Washington scramble to prevent a  recession, much attention has been focused on the housing market and bad loans. Our oil industry expert, "Insider" sees another culprit that he predicts will put the U.S. in a deep hole the likes of which  haven’t been seen […]

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