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"I Got Mine" Attitude on Hot Fuel

Monday, October 8, 2007

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"I Got Mine" Attitude on Hot Fuel

10-08-07 by dugan I’ve heard lots of arguments by gasoline distributors and retail chains about why they "can’t" adjust retail fuel sales for temperature expansion: "We’ve always done it this way, no one would benefit, we can’t afford to fix it." The Kansas City Star now tells us that the same arguments were used by […]

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Truckstop Tale

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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Truckstop Tale

09-26-07 by dugan   There’s no one more upset about the "hot fuel" ripoff than independent truckers, who lose hundreds of dollars a year on lost energy from heat-expanded fuel. They also find truck stops that sell fuel really hot, way above the air temperature. Here’s a great story about one of these "hot spots" […]

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Not Cooking With Gas In CA

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

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Not Cooking With Gas In CA

9-24-07 by Court   Turns out that ambitious reform plan Speaker Nunez promoted for the cameras this summer has fizzled. Surprise, surpise. The only legislation on Governor Schwarzenegger’s desk at the end of session are two bills endorsed by Big Oil. For the record, here’s the final wrap-up of this year’s edition of "As Big […]

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Issa Challenged On “Hot Fuel” Rip-off

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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Issa Challenged On “Hot Fuel” Rip-off

NEWS RELEASE September 18, 2007 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 310-392-0522, ext. 305, or cell: 213-280-0175, or Jamie Court, ext. 327, or cell: 310-874-9989 Consumer Group Challenges Rep. Darrell Issa On "Hot Fuel" Ripoff of Motorists; Congressman Stands By Scientifically Inaccurate FTC "Opinion Letter," Despite Withdrawal and Apology Santa Monica, CA — OilWatchdog.org today challenged Rep. Darrell […]

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Gov. Urged To Veto AB 868

Monday, September 17, 2007

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Gov. Urged To Veto AB 868

NEWS RELEASE September 17, 2007 CONTACT: Judy Dugan, 213-280-0175 (cell), or Jamie Court, 310-392-0522 ext. 327 Gov. Schwarzenegger Urged to Veto Fake ‘Consumer Protection’ on Hot Fuel Rip-off; Foundation Says Legislation, AB868, Will Delay or Prevent Fair Sales of Gasoline Santa Monica, CA — The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights today asked Gov. Arnold […]

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Cruising On the Company Dime

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Cruising On the Company Dime

Tuesday night’s big dinner outing at the Western Weights and Measures Conference was a nice social occasion, a touristy dinner cruise on a calm Lake Tahoe. The sky was alive with stars we never see in Southern California. It was a little luxury amid a conference so tightly budgeted that there was no coffee or […]

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Insider's Theory On FTC/Issa Ghost Writing

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Insider's Theory On FTC/Issa Ghost Writing

  9-11-07 by Court Our source in the industry, Insider, offers these observations about how the oil industry has historically stolen Congress’s and the FTC’s masthead:     As Oilwatchdog.org demands that Rep. Darrell Issa of San Diego release a  letter he wrote to the Federal TradeCommission requesting its opinion on the "hot fuel" issue, don’t […]

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FTC Falls on Its Sword

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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FTC Falls on Its Sword

The guys (yeah, it’s mostly guys) at the Western Weights and Measures Association conference here in Tahoe are serious about their math, but they have a great sense of humor. Lately the joke is on the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC’s scientifically illiterate "opinion" issued last week on the hot fuel issue described mere "tablespoons" […]

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Snakes in Tahoe

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

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Snakes in Tahoe

I jokingly suggested in front of the microphone yesterday that if gasoline marketers don’t want to sell fuel compensated for temperature, they should just post the temperature of the fuel in their underground tanks right up with the price per gallon. You’d have thought I was wearing snakes on my head, from the lobbyists’ reaction. […]

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The Crown for Cynicism Goes To….

Monday, September 10, 2007

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The Crown for Cynicism Goes To….

09-10-07 by Dugan   The first person to tell me today that Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez’s fake cure for the "hot fuel ripoff" had passed the Legislature was from an oil marketing organization. He was delighted, calling it a model for state laws on "hot fuel." He should be happy. The California Independent Oil Marketers […]

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