KCBS-AM - San Francisco, CA; Oil Company Profits Have Quadrupled Over Last Year

By Staff Reporters, KCBS-AM - San Francisco, CA

December 1, 2022

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Jamie Court, President of Consumer Watchdog, says oil company profits have quadrupled over last year. They need to give that money back And the governor is going to bat and staking his reputation on this as the right thing to do because this legislature needs to deal with this issue.

KNX - Los Angeles, CA; Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court Weighs In On California Energy Commission Informational Hearing

By Emily Valdez, KNX - Los Angeles, CA

November 29, 2022

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The California energy Commission is holding an informational hearing meaning no votes but Jamie court, President of Consumer Watchdog, hopes action will come from it. We're hoping this creates the record for the windfall profits cap that the governor is is proposing in the special session.

KFBK-AM Sacramento, CA: Californians Are Being Charged 56% More Per Gallon For Profits Than The Rest Of The Country

By Nikka Magahis, KFBK-AM Sacramento, CA

October 28, 2022

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There appears to be more proof of big oil ripping people off at the pump. According to Consumer Watchdog research, Californians are being charged 56% more per gallon for profits than the rest of the country. Governor Newsom says his price gouging penalty would return some of that money.

Gas Prices In The US: California Gov. Gavin Newsom Attacks Valero Over Surging Profits

By Janelle Williams, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

October 28, 2022

https://www.ibtimes.com/gas-prices-us-california-gov-gavin-newsom-attacks-valero-over-surging-profits-3628527

California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Tuesday in a press conference that Valero Energy Corp. has been "ripping off" Californians.

The comments come as Valero posted revenues of $44.45 billion for the quarter ended September 2022.

Newsom Wants To Tackle High Gas Prices With A New Tax. Here's Why It Might Not Be Easy

By Maggie Angst, THE SACRAMENTO BEE

October 27, 2022

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article267851087.html

Nearly a month after California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposed a new tax on "greedy" oil companies charging high gas prices while enjoying unprecedented profits, his administration has shared few details about the plan.

KCRW-FM Los Angeles, CA: Valero's Nearly 3 billion Dollar Windfall In The Third Quarter Included Profits Of More Than 60 Cents A Gallon For Gas Produced In The State

By Staff Reporters, KCRW-FM Los Angeles, CA

October 26, 2022

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Big Oil raised gas prices to record highs in quarter 3 despite crude costs going down. This came at the expense of Californians who paid an average of 6 dollars in 42 cents at the pump when prices peaked in early October. 

State Windfall Profits Tax A Way To Prevent Gouging On Gas Prices

Op-Ed by Jamie Court, WALNUT CREEK JOURNAL 

October 25, 2022 

Ever since 2015, Californians have been on a roller-coaster ride with gasoline prices consistently a dollar higher than U.S. gas prices.

But the recent steep climb to $2.60 more per gallon than U.S. prices is so unprecedented that Gov. Gavin Newsom rightly called a special legislative session to enact a windfall profits tax. 

Fire-stricken Rural New Mexico Warily Eyes Insurance Fight

By Susan Montoya Bryan, ASSOCIATED PRESS

October 24, 2022

https://apnews.com/article/wildfires-new-mexico-climate-and-environment-fires-government-politics-ac6f469b608084554c252d012d7c0f6d

Manuel and Marcy Silva combed through the charred rubble that used to be their home, searching for any salvageable bits in the wake of the largest wildfire in New Mexico history.

‘It’s So Blatant’: Oil Companies Are Pumping Money Into State Races Following Newsom’s Push To Tax Profits

By Sophia Bollag and Dustin Gardiner, SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

October 24, 2022

https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/newsom-tax-oil-companies-17526178.php

After Gov. Gavin Newsom vowed to tax their windfall profits, oil companies have spent millions to convince voters to elect their chosen candidates to the Legislature, hoping to stack the deck in their favor.

KCBS-AM San Francisco CA; Windfall Profits Tax Might Be the Only Way to Reign Big Oil's Greed In CA

By Staff Reporters, KCBS-AM San Francisco, CA

October 20, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog says the State Legislature to reconvene to pass a windfall profits tax on greedy oil refiners ripping off Californians at the gas pump.

Editorial: Oil Drillers Want To Overturn California’s New Health Protections. Don’t Let Them

Editorial by The Los Angeles Times

October 20, 2022 

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2022-10-20/california-oil-drillin…

You might soon be approached outside your grocery store by signature gatherers urging you to sign a petition about lowering gas prices or stopping a so-called “energy shutdown.”

Here’s what it’s really about, and why Californians shouldn’t sign it.

Letter To Editor - Do Better, Lara

Letter to the Editor - SACRAMENTO BEE

October 16, 2022

Do better, Lara

"This would be the most miserable choice on California's ballot -- if it were a choice," (sacbee.com, Oct. 10)

The Bee is justly critical of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara's first term. But blaming the voters for making the office an elected post -- part of insurance reform Proposition 103 -- ignores history. 

CDI Orders Auto Insurers To Reveal Pandemic Profits

By Dave LaChance, REPAIRER DRIVEN NEWS

October 7, 2022

https://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2022/10/07/cdi-orders-auto-insurers-…

Maintaining that auto insurers still owe rebates to California drivers who were overcharged during the stay-at-home period of the pandemic, the state’s insurance commissioner has ordered 47 carriers to provide detailed information about their claim costs during that time.

KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA: Consumer Watchdog Urges Gov Newsom To Follow Through On Windfall Profits Tax On Oil Refiners

By Staff Reporters, KNX 1070AM Los Angeles, CA

October 6, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog urges Governor Newsom to follow through and push the State Legislature to reconvene to pass a windfall profits tax on greedy oil refiners ripping off Californians at the gas pump.

KQED 88.5 FM San Francisco, CA: Calls Grow For Special Session of CA Legislature To Pass Windfall Profits Tax On Big Oil

By Tara Siler, KQED 88.5 FM San Francisco, CA

October 6, 2022

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Jamie Court with Consumer Watchdog urges Gov Newsom to call the CA State Legislature back for a special session to pass a windfall profits tax on Big Oil. 

California Gas Prices Hit Record Highs. But Relief May Be Coming. Here's Why

By Janet Wilson, THE DESERT SUN

October 5, 2022

https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2022/10/05/california-gas-pump-pri…

Gas prices at the pump hit record highs in many parts of California on Wednesday, with greater Los Angeles seeing an unprecedented average of $6.49 per gallon for regular. Prices at some Southern California locations hit more than $8 per gallon.