'Hot fuel' is hot topic this summer

June 9, 2007 at 9:49 AM

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. drivers could pay an extra $1.5 billion more for gas in summer because of the fuel's tendency to expand in warmer weather, it was reported Saturday.

"People are paying for gasoline they're not getting," said Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich, D-Ohio, who conducted a congressional hearing on the issue Friday.

Lawmakers and consumer groups accuse oil companies and gas station owners of cheating customers by not dropping the price of gasoline during warmer temperatures.

Consumer groups, truckers and others want gas stations to install devices that would end the inequity of "hot fuel" by automatically adjusting volume according to the temperature at the pump.

"You're not getting a real gallon when it's hot," said John Telles, a Pinole, Calif., trucker who has joined one of several lawsuits filed against fuel retailers over "hot fuel" prices.


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