This aboveground tank at a Colorado gas station is painted black for one reason; to heat the gasoline or diesel any time the sun shines. Hotter fuel expands and gives you less energy in the tank. Read more about how to stop the motorist rip-off below.
When the temperature of gasoline rises above 60 degrees, gasoline expands but gas pumps don’t account for the bigger volume, so consumers receive less gasoline than they should.
Federal estimates say motorists in California, with average fuel temps of 74 degrees, are overcharged about $450 million a year by sales of hot fuel. State regulators have certified a temperature adjusted pump, but the oil industry is lobbying to prevent its sale and use.
STICK IT TO BIG OIL…
Get your own Oilwatchdog ‘Hot Fuel Ripoff sticker: Don’t let
ExxonMobil’s mealymouthed pump sticker be the last word! Put
Oilwatchdog’s sticker on your car or anywhere it will be seen by many.
Not, of course, on gas pumps, which could be construed as posting
• Rep. Dennis Kucinich demands that oil company executives explain their opposition to temperature adjusted fuel.
• OilWatchdog To California Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown: Investigate why California Can’t Get Temperature Adjusted Pumps.
Expert series by the Kansas City Star’s Steve Everly, explaining what
“hot fuel” is and how oil companies take advantage for more profit:
Los Angeles Times:
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