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News Story
3/12/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California Energy Commission says the costs of compensating for gasoline temperature would outweigh the gains in fuel volume. Sacramento, CA -- Amid allegations of conflict of interest, the five members of the California Energy Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to tell lawmakers there was no benefit to fixing service station pumps to end an...
News Release
3/11/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
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 the California Energy Commission's politically appointed Board Members...
News Story
3/2/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Two consumer rights groups in California are claiming that the lead energy commissioner involved in a gasoline "hot fuel" study has a conflict of interest because his wife serves in an executive position with the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA). As a result, the two groups contend that the findings of the California Energy...
News Release
2/24/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Commission Again Delays Vote on Anti-Consumer Report as Oil-Lobbyist Spouse of Commissioner Quits Her Role   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...
News Story
2/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- A consumer group's fight over hot fuel is gearing down, and it looks like they will not get what they want. Gas expands and contracts depending on the temperature. A study by the California Energy Commission found the average temperature of gas in California is 71 degrees. At that temperature, gas is expanding and consumers...
News Release
2/9/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
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 rights on the sale of gasoline in the state. The California action...
News Release
12/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
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 doubt that consumers are unfairly treated at the pump, yet fails to recommend that the ripoff be fixed...
News Story
12/4/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
California drivers were overcharged $376.4 million on gasoline in one year because fuel pumps don't adjust for changing temperatures, according to a state study. And that has consumer advocates livid. Just like other fluids, gasoline expands as it warms up. But gas pumps always dispense the same volume, both in winter's chill and summer's heat. So...
News Story
8/11/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some people say it’s better to buy your gasoline first thing in the morning, rather than in the heat of the day. That’s because gasoline, like all liquids, expands when heated. So, according to this advice, gasoline will be denser in the cool of early morning, meaning you’ll get more energy per gallon than later in the day. The...
News Story
8/9/2008
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When is the best time of the week to buy gas? Best time of day? It doesn't matter It's Saturday and your gas tank is almost empty. Should you fill it up immediately, or will gas prices be lower on Monday, after all the summer road-trippers are home? Waiting will not necessarily give you a price advantage. "A lot of it has to do with when each...