Hot Fuel Web Site Launched to Educate Consumers

Jul 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association

    GRAIN VALLEY, Mo., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know you may not be
 getting your money's worth at the fuel pump? At warmer temperatures,
 liquids -- including diesel and gasoline -- expand, decreasing the amount
 of energy (Btu) per gallon purchased. The "Turn Down Hot Fuel" campaign
 will educate consumers on how "hot fuel" may have them paying higher prices
 than necessary for fuel. The campaign is spear-headed by a professional
 truckers' organization, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
 (OOIDA), and includes a Web site,
     The phrase "hot fuel" refers to expanded diesel fuel or gasoline that
 is sold at retail pumps at temperatures higher than the century-old
 government standard of 60 degrees. That is the temperature/volume used in
 the petro-chemical industry to measure all petroleum liquids at the
 refinery and every point after the refinery, except at the retail pump.
     At the 60-degree standard, a gallon of fuel delivers a certain amount
 of measurable energy, referred to as Btu. But when expanded by higher
 temperatures, that same amount of fuel actually delivers less energy. The
 warmer the fuel, the less measurable energy and fewer miles to the gallon a
 vehicle will receive.
     Devices can be installed on retail pumps to make up the difference
 called automatic temperature compensation retro-fit kits. Many consumers
 mistakenly believe that filling up their car's gas tank in the morning will
 save money.
     But this is not the case.
     "Temperatures of the fuel in underground storage tanks do not change
 dramatically enough during a 24-hour cycle," said OOIDA Project Leader,
 John Siebert.
     Some also mistakenly believe in-ground tanks at gas stations keep fuel
 at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the insulated, fiberglass tanks tend to
 keep fuel at the temperature it was delivered. Larger retailers turn over
 fuel supplies very rapidly, greatly reducing the time the fuel spends in
 the tanks.
     Congress has stepped in to address the issue. Rep. Dennis Kucinich,
 D-OH called the first-ever congressional hearing on hot fuel June 8, 2007
 where his staff unveiled a study saying hot fuel would cost consumers $1.5
 billion this summer alone. He called a second hearing for July 25
 specifically to get representatives from major oil companies to testify
 about retail fuel practices.

SOURCE Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association