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deminks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 11:39 PM
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ABC: Motorists: We're Being Cheated with "Hot Fuel"
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A group of motorists and truck drivers say Americans are being cheated out of billions of dollars by gas stations selling "hot fuel," gasoline that expands under high temperatures but provides no greater bang for the buck.

The allegation is contained in a lawsuit filed against 17 oil and gas companies operating stations in seven of the country's warmest states, including Florida, Arizona, Texas and California.

The current standard, agreed to by regulators and the industry, is that each gallon of gasoline should be sold at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If gasoline heats above this temperature, it expands by volume but not by energy content, meaning consumers would be getting less energy per gallon. An investigation by the Kansas City Star estimated that hot fuel costs consumers $2.3 billion a year.

Without commenting on the lawsuit, John Bisney of the American Petroleum Institute said the current system is fair because "motorists get a gallon regardless of the temperature outside." Bisney said it would also be prohibitively expensive for the industry to install temperature adjusted fuel pumps. It would cost up to $12 thousand to retrofit older pumps, he said.

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