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They Don't Take Every Dollar

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Mon, Oct 29, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    They Don't Take Every Dollar

    10-29-07

    I got a letter today and discovered Chevron actually doesn’t keep every consumer dollar that it could.  I got a buck back from the oil giant.

    You’ll remember I dropped by Town Hall Los Angeles last week where Chevron CEO Dave O’Reilly was speaking so I could give him our Golden Nozzle Award for sticking it to consumers. I didn’t get to present the carefully handcrafted gilded gasoline pump nozzle to the chairman.  Donald Campbell, manager of media relations, accepted on his behalf.

    Here’s a link to a video of the presentation.

    Before I handed the Golden Nozzle to Campbell, I had stuffed a dollar in the spout.  I told him it was “added value.”

    Today’s mail included a note from Campbell who says he wants to introduce us to “some of our [Chevron’s] officers so that you can help us advocate for a more streamlined investment process to expand refining capacity in the U.S. (and California) to the benefit of consumers.”

    He included my buck. Well, truth be known I’d actually borrowed the dollar from a colleague and have since returned it to him.

    So, clearly Chevron doesn’t keep every consumer dollar it could. Probably with the billions it rakes in, a single dollar bill just doesn’t’ matter much. For a non-profit, advocacy group it’s a different story.

    Indeed, if everyone who reads this sends a dollar  — or a little more — to the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights we can keep the pressure on.

    As for a meeting with Chevron officers? We’re glad to sit down with Chairman Dave O’Reilly.

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    One Response to “They Don't Take Every Dollar”

    1. Don Reed Says:

      Hey, John!

      What are you up to?

      I am writing a book on CIRM, so obviously some of it will disagree with your stands. But some (WARF) will be more to your liking.

      Hope all is well,

      Don

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