The days when oil companies could credibly deny they gouge California drivers in fairly regular cycles should now be over. Just three years ago, reports from the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group thoroughly documented how record profits for gasoline refiners like Chevron and Valero coincided with record-high pump prices throughout this state.
Recyclable goods are much more likely to be thrown out in California now than at any time in the last 30 years. (Wikimedia photo) California has long considered itself to be a global beacon on environmentalism. But the state is now going on four straight years with a poor record on one of the core environmental practices: recycling.
Carmen Balber, executive director of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica advocacy group, said that “it’s no shocker cable and satellite companies have found another way to fleece their customers. But yet another ripoff is bound to drive more people into the arms of the streaming services.”