Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog Call On Legislators To Make Oil Company Executives Answer For February’s $550 Million Gas Price Spike

Business leader, philanthropist and climate activist Tom Steyer and Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court asked California lawmakers to subpoena oil industry executives to explain why California’s gasoline market is structured for shortages and volatility.
 

PG&E Proposal Will Monopolize Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Central and Northern CA at Ratepayer Expense

The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) should reject a PG&E proposal to monopolize electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure on grounds that it will raise costs for ratepayers while stifling innovation. PG&E has proposed to charge ratepayers to install 25,100 EV charging stations, whether or not they are EV drivers.

Exxon Misrepresents Torrance Refinery Safety Record and Explosion’s Effect on Gas Prices to Lawmakers at Town Hall Hearing

Exxon misrepresented its safety record at its Torrance refinery to lawmakers at a public hearing at Torrance City Hall last week, suggesting its February 18 explosion and fire was unique, and did not acknowledge how extensively the blast damaged its ability to supply gasoline.

Public Officials' Private Emails Allow Them to Evade Scrutiny

Government officials using private, personal emails usually do it because it allows them to evade public disclosure. Hillary Clinton was just the latest to skirt public disclosure when she used a private account while Secretary of State. 

State Should Release Psychotropic Medication Prescribing Information in Foster Care, Ban on Big Pharma Payments to Doctors

 Saying the public has a right to know, Consumer Watchdog called upon Senators Mike McGuire and Jim Beall to subpoena Department of Health Care Services data on prescribing patterns of psychotropic medication by doctors to foster youth. Senator McGuire and Senator Beall are holding a joint legislative hearing today on the misuse of psychotropic medication in the foster care system.

State Investigators Still Mum On Consumer Watchdog Request To Rule Out Refinery Price Manipulation

Consumer Watchdog said today that the spot price of gas leapt a dime overnight, as the group had predicted in the wake of two refinery shutdowns affecting 16 percent of the state’s refining capacity.

“We really need proper oversight of refineries in terms of ruling out price manipulation via shutdowns,” wrote Consumer Watchdog in two letters to state officials earlier this week.

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