Tag Archive | "hot fuel"

Hot Fuel Fix in Deep Freeze

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Hot Fuel Fix in Deep Freeze

  When a private club that is too cozy with corporations make the rules on consumer protection, guess what happens? The National Conference on Weights and Measures met last week and did exactly what the fuel business–from Exxon to the corner gas station–wanted. It voted to just get rid of proposals and plans to fix [...]

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Hot fuel fix rises from the dead

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

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Hot fuel fix rises from the dead

7-21-09 by dugan     Is it hot out? Well, so’s your gasoline. You’re losing a few cents a gallon each time you fill up at the pump. And no, with today’s insulated underground tanks, you can’t get cooler fuel in the morning. You just have to pay, while the dealer and oil companies reap [...]

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Big hammer in hot fuel lawsuit

Friday, May 1, 2009

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Big hammer in hot fuel lawsuit

05-01-09 by dugan Last week I figured the vehement reaction of the fuel industry, as Costco agreed to sell gasoline adjusted for temperature, was because Costco was the first crack in the industry’s united front. I think now I’ve found the real reason: a court order last month telling the oil industry to cough up [...]

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Running scared on hot fuel

Monday, April 27, 2009

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Running scared on hot fuel

04-27-08 by dugan A retail fuel industry publication sent out this story today, making every argument it could think of against Costco’s agreement to sell gasoline that is adjusted for temperature so motorists get the same energy from every gallon they buy. If Costco is only going to do this in a handful of states, [...]

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Costco Hot Fuel Deal Applauded

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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Costco Hot Fuel Deal Applauded

Consumer Group Applauds Costco for Deal to Sell ‘Fair Fuel,’ Ending Hot Fuel Ripoff Agreement for Costco Gas Stations Would Adjust Fuel for Temperature in Several States. Oil Companies Will be ‘Making Fairness Illegal’ if They Try to Stop Costco Deal, says Consumer Watchdog Santa Monica, CA — Costco has agreed to settle a lawsuit [...]

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Costco ‘Hot Fuel’ fix, almost

Monday, April 20, 2009

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Costco ‘Hot Fuel’ fix, almost

4-20-09 by dugan  Great news–the legal paper Daily Journal (subscription barrier) said Friday that the Costco chain, already know for consumer-friendliness, agreed to eliminate the "hot fuel" ripoff at its gasoline stations. Unlike every other gasoline retailer in the U.S., Costco would install new pumps that put a little more gas in every gallon when [...]

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Conflict Taints Hot Fuel Study Outcome

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Conflict Taints Hot Fuel Study Outcome

Consumer Group Letters Charge Conflict of Interest in Oil-Friendly Outcome of California Fuel Temperature Study Gov. Schwarzenegger, Assembly Speaker Bass Asked for Action to Protect Consumer Fairness Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog has filed a state complaint that a conflict of interest affected the outcome of the California Energy Commission’s study on the costs [...]

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Hot Fuel Study Fixed For Big Oil

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

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Hot Fuel Study Fixed For Big Oil

Documents Show Political Appointees Interfered With Cal. Energy Commission Study Of Hot Fuel Ripoff To Protect Oil Companies Consumer Group Says Government Staff’s Consumer-Oriented Findings Were Altered by Commissioners With Ties to Oil Industry Santa Monica, CA — Public documents retrieved by Consumer Watchdog reveal that, after private meetings with oil industry representatives, some of [...]

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Word fight over hot fuel

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

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Word fight over hot fuel

03-04-09 by dugan Are fairness and transparency in buying and selling just "public perceptions" that are "subjective" and "variable"? Of course not. That’s why regulators measure and inspect the scales at your supermarket. They even limit the amount of water injected into a frozen turkey, since it’s not something shoppers can see for themselves. So [...]

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Groups Seek Hot Fuel Records

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Groups Seek Hot Fuel Records

Consumer Groups Seek Records of California Energy Commission On Disputed ‘Hot Fuel’ Report, After Conflict of Interest Charge Against Commissioner Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen have filed a detailed request for public records of the California Energy Commission, seeking communications between its professional staff and a politically appointed member of the [...]

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Timing is everything

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

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Timing is everything

2-10-09 by dugan Last night, a few hours after Consumer Watchdog and Public Citizen sent out a news release that was highly critical of the California Energy Commission (along with a letter pointing out a key commissioner’s conflict of interest on the "hot fuel" issue), the CEC canceled tomorrow’s showdown meeting. The cancellation puts off [...]

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CEC’s Skew To Big Oil Protested

Monday, February 9, 2009

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CEC’s Skew To Big Oil Protested

Consumer Groups Protest California Energy Commission’s Skew to Oil Industry in ‘Hot Fuel’ Report Letter to Commissioner Heading Hot Fuel Study Cites His Clear Conflict of Interest:  Spouse’s Petroleum Association Job Washington, DC — Two national consumer advocacy groups today protested a report by the California Energy Commission that is likely to roll back consumer [...]

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CEC Deep Freeze On Hot Fuel

Thursday, December 4, 2008

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CEC Deep Freeze On Hot Fuel

California Energy Board Seeks To Put Remedy for ‘Hot Fuel’ Ripoff in Deep Freeze — Group Calls for Immediate Fix Draft Report Accepts Industry Call for Ban on Temperature-Compensating Device, Denies Consumers Would Benefit From Any Remedy Santa Monica, CA — A California Energy Commission (CEC) draft report on the “hot fuel” ripoff proves beyond [...]

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