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Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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Copy-Machine Oil Hearings

5-22-08 by dugan     Watching the same pack of oil executives troop to the House of Representatives today and the Senate yesterday was mostly a deja vu experience. The execs’ canned testimony was from the same outline they used earlier this year and in 2005 and 2006 hearings–high prices aren’t our fault; everything will […]

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"Hot Fuel" Fix Urgent

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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"Hot Fuel" Fix Urgent

NEWS RELEASE Zooming Oil Price Makes "Hot Fuel" Fix More Urgent as Memorial Day Approaches Consumer Groups Criticize Oil Industry Resistance to Fixing Hidden Charge at Pump That Costs U.S. Drivers Close to $3 Billion Yearly CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305 May 22, 2008 Washington, D.C. — As Memorial Day kicks off the summer driving […]

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Bush Forced to Cap Oil Reserve

Friday, May 16, 2008

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Bush Forced to Cap Oil Reserve

White House Forced to Cap Oil Reserve; Should Embolden Congress to Push for More To Drop Energy Prices Consumer Watchdog Calls for Sales from Reserve, Warning to Refineries, Swift Action on Oil Trading Curbs Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell); or John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317   Santa Monica, CA — The Energy Department’s announcement that it […]

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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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Lights Out for Enron Loophole

Thursday, May 15, 2008

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Lights Out for Enron Loophole

5-15-08 by dugan     The sweeping farm bill that passed the Senate today and is headed for President Bush’s desk is more pork than policy, but I’m still celebrating. OilWatchdog’s most-wanted bill to curb energy speculation was tucked into the farm legislation. The measure, now almost certain to become law, will close the so-called […]

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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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Big Oil's '08 Bets

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

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Big Oil's '08 Bets

5-14-08 by dugan   The latest campaign finance reports, from OpenSecrets.org, show Sen. John McCain closing in on the defunct Rudy Giuliani as Big Oil’s bet in the presidential race. Oil money these days is as nasty as tobacco money, and all the candidates ought to be refusing it, though at least the last round […]

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Gas-Tax Holiday from Hell

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

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Gas-Tax Holiday from Hell

5-13-08 by dugan     OilWatchdog has offered plenty of reasons that suspending the federal gasoline tax would end up as a bad joke on consumers and the economy. Here are some fresh ones, from Jonathan Alter at Newsweek–including carnage on potholed roads. Main points of his column:  Not one respectable economist supports the idea, […]

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Tax Refunds Going to Gas Tanks

Monday, May 12, 2008

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Tax Refunds Going to Gas Tanks

Gas Up 11 Cents In Week, 34 Cents In a Month; Consumers’ Tax Incentive Going Straight to Gas Tanks White House Scorns Action, Congress in Gridlock as Soaring Prices Push Inflation, Motorists Cry ‘Uncle’   CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or cell: 213-280-0175 May 12, 2008 Santa Monica, CA — An 11-cent rise in […]

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Throw It At the Wall…

Friday, May 9, 2008

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Throw It At the Wall…

5-9-08 by dugan     …And See If It Sticks. That appears to be where government stands on quelling oil and gasoline prices. Congress is now proposing bucketsful of legislation and other actions in a pre-election panic. Some of it is on target and some is just pander, either populist or corporate. Let’s sort it […]

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