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Federal Panel Rejects 'Hot Fuel' Proposal

Federal Panel Rejects 'Hot Fuel' Proposal



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A group of measurement experts meeting at the Snowbird Resort rejected a proposal that consumer groups say might save motorists between three cents and nine cents a gallon at the pump.

The theory is, as temperatures rise, liquid gasoline expands and the amount of energy in each gallon falls.

But because U.S. gasoline pumps don't adjust for temperature changes, motorists who buy gas that's hotter than the government-standard 60 degrees they're not getting as much fuel for their money.

Most members of the National Conference of Weights and Measures meeting here voted in favor of a proposal that would place devices at gas stations that would compensate customers for temperature differences.

But more than a simple majority was needed to pass the proposal.

Oil companies and gas station owners say installing the devices would be too costly, and that the science behind the hot fuel phenomenon needs more investigation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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