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"Hot Fuel" Fix Urgent

Thursday, May 22, 2008

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"Hot Fuel" Fix Urgent

NEWS RELEASE Zooming Oil Price Makes "Hot Fuel" Fix More Urgent as Memorial Day Approaches Consumer Groups Criticize Oil Industry Resistance to Fixing Hidden Charge at Pump That Costs U.S. Drivers Close to $3 Billion Yearly CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x305 May 22, 2008 Washington, D.C. — As Memorial Day kicks off the summer driving […]

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Milk Is Sold Fairly; Not Gas

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Milk Is Sold Fairly; Not Gas

4-23-08 by dugan   Edited 4/23, 5:00 p.m. to use exact temperature benchmarks, as provided by K. Floren.  Around a meeting table at the California Energy Commission today, some of us were stifling yawns. Then, in one sentence, a veteran weights and measures regulator put the "hot fuel" issue in a perfect frame: Every packaged […]

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Yep, We have Hot Fuel

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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Yep, We have Hot Fuel

4-01-08   (4/02 correction: Average California gasoline temperature based on raw data of study is 71.1 degrees, not 76.4, based on raw data from state study). A year-long study of gasoline temperatures in the state finished up yesterday and is now posted online. The average yearly fuel temperature in California came out at 71.2 degrees, […]

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Hot Fuel's Alternate Universe

Monday, March 24, 2008

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Hot Fuel's Alternate Universe

3-24-08 by dugan     Sometimes when an argument doesn’t make sense, it’s the argument’s fault. That was my conclusion when a weights and measures official from New York came to the California Energy Commision to defend gas stations’ practice of selling "hot fuel," which gives drivers less value than they think when they buy […]

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CA Gas Price Tops Hawaii

Monday, March 17, 2008

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CA Gas Price Tops Hawaii

NEWS RELEASE – Contact: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, x 305 (cell: 213 280-0175), or Jamie Court, x 327  Californians Say Aloha (in the Bye-Bye Sense) to Their Savings — State Gasoline Price Tops Hawaii California’s Record Pump Price is $3.634, Usual Leader Hawaii Drops to $3.62 — Group Praises Hawaii Effort to Expose Profits Santa Monica, […]

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Three-Penny Operatics

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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Three-Penny Operatics

3-12-08 by dugan     When oil marketing lobbyists argue that motorists don’t need or deserve a fix for the "hot fuel" ripoff, their fallback is that a consumer loss of a few cents a gallon just isn’t worth fixing. For Californians, for instance, the average loss is now 3.5 cents a gallon, at the […]

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Fuel Issue Sizzles in DC, CA

Thursday, March 6, 2008

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Fuel Issue Sizzles in DC, CA

3-06-08 by dugan   $4.00 gasoline isn’t a prediction any more, despite the fact that President Bush hadn’t heard a word about it. There are California stations charging up to $3.99 for regular and nearly $4.20 for premium. The state average for regular is at a record $3.52 a gallon. The rest of the nation […]

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How Hot Fuel Fix Got Axed

Friday, February 22, 2008

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How Hot Fuel Fix Got Axed

2-22-08 by dugan     Is this week’s early-stage victory for a national lawsuit against the "hot fuel" ripoff important? Ever more so, Considering the collapse of would-be regulation to fix it. Here’s a memo I wrote recently to the National Conference on Weights and Measures, giving a flavor of how cowed by industry the […]

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National ‘Hot Fuel’ Suit Update

Thursday, February 21, 2008

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National ‘Hot Fuel’ Suit Update

Consumer Victory as National ‘Hot Fuel’ Lawsuit Moves Forward on All Counts Federal District Judge in Kansas City Refuses to Dismiss Suit Against Petroleum Marketers Alleging Deceptive Sale of Gasoline, Diesel Fuel Santa Monica, CA — The sale of “hot fuel” will bring a long, uncomfortable summer to petroleum marketers, refiners and oil companies with […]

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Wacky Weights 'n Measures

Monday, January 28, 2008

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Wacky Weights 'n Measures

1-28-08 by dugan   A t-shirt widely sold in Albuquerque, N.M., where the National Conference on Weights and Measures is meeting, says: "Keep the Quirky in ‘Querque." Today was "Quirky" and far, far more at this meeting. Oil and gasoline lobbyists spent seven hours railing to a committee that fixing the "hot fuel" ripoff would […]

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