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By Robert Rapier on Feb 5, 2008 with no responses

The Intellectual Dishonesty of a "Consumer Watchdog"

I am having an internal debate with myself regarding which aspect Oil Watchdog I find most annoying: Their intellectual dishonesty, their reprehensible tactics, or just their plain old-fashioned stupidity. I can give lots of examples of each, but I really think it’s their dishonesty that bothers me the most. When a “consumer watchdog” stoops repeatedly to dishonesty and distortions to sell their story, it calls into question their true motivation. And when the press picks up these distortions and reports them as news, the credibility of the reporting organizations is damaged (as it should be when they don’t do their homework). We see the tactics of Judy Dugan and her cronies all the time with politicians: One distorts the record… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 14, 2007 with no responses

Who’s Watching Oil Watchdog?

NEWS RELEASE November 14, 2007 “Consumer Advocacy” Group Under Investigation Group Charged with Deceptive Journalism and Misrepresentation Santa Monica, CA — Judy Dugan, Research Director for the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR), again finds herself defending against allegations of misconduct. Dugan is being investigated for consistent misleading press releases originating from the FTCR’s Oil Watchdog project. Oil Watchdog ostensibly exists to protect consumers from rising oil and gas prices. However, an investigation has revealed that the organization is actually funded by trial lawyers, and that the misleading information promoted by Dugan’s organizations is aimed at stirring anger toward corporate interests. Dugan, who could not be reached for comment on these allegations, clearly understands that angry consumers are litigious… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Oct 17, 2007 with no responses

Where I Go for Comic Relief

I am going to have to start issuing my own press releases. That’s what our good friends at Oil Watchdog – the oil-hating arm of the FTCR, like to do. They write their own press releases – daily – and use as reference material other press releases they have written. Their sources are frequently “Insider”, who frequently says very silly things. Not the kind of things an actual insider would say. Things like this: “Oil companies have cut back production in refineries to a mere 87 percent of potential and the surplus in storage tanks is drying up fast.” Sounds like someone never heard of fall turnaround season. You know, that time of year – every year – where utilization… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Mar 27, 2007 with no responses

More on Hot Gas Lawsuit

I really love my Site Meter at the bottom of the page. I check it most days, and it gives me a lot of good information about who is linking to the site and where they are coming from. Incidentally, you can access the same information I can see by clicking on it. Anyway, a few days ago I wrote Hot Gas Lawsuit in Utah. It is about a class action lawsuit that claims that oil companies are making a killing from overcharging customers because gas expands in the summer. According to my Site Meter, I was getting some hits on this article, which I ultimately tracked back to here. The discussion was fine, until one of my beloved fringe… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Nov 13, 2006 with no responses

A Case Study in Cluelessness

I saw a familiar name today in a news article, which I will get to in a bit. I was reading an article from the Sacramento Bee that said that gas prices may have bottomed out. (I won’t link to the article, since it requires registration). I have been saying that gas prices couldn’t fall much further based on weekly EIA inventory numbers, and were poised to rise. Gas pricing is pretty simple, really. You basically have to watch gasoline inventories, which are reported every week at: This Week in Petroleum If you want a very reliable indicator of which direction gas prices are headed, watch the gasoline inventories graph. When inventories are plunging, as they were in the first… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Aug 22, 2006 with no responses

Inventory Management

I have been engaged in an e-mail exchange with a journalist overseas who is writing an article on gasoline pricing in the U.S. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t be any more specific than that. However, I do want to share a couple of responses that I sent regarding some questions of price-gouging. In one response, I commented on the writings of Tim Hamilton and Jamie Court at the FTCR. I have documented their cluelessness in a previous essay: Another Uninformed Consumer Watchdog This time, I was asked about this particular document by Court and Hamilton: Low gasoline inventories set the stage for $4 at the pump in 2006 Their claim is that oil companies are… Continue»