The topic of "hot fuel" was center stage at a meeting of the
National Council of Weights and Measures that's underway in
On Monday, Jan. 22, representatives for the oil industry tried
to convince council members that hot fuel doesn't cost consumers anything.
But OOIDA Association researcher John Siebert told "Land
Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that at the same meeting, he spelled out how
hot - and therefore expanded - fuel delivers less energy, which means truckers
and other motorists are short-changed.
"The time has run out," Siebert said. "There are state
legislatures, there are state attorneys general, and there are governors who
are calling for the Weights and Measures people to give them information on
automatic temperature-compensation devices."
Siebert, who conducted much of the original research that
put the hot fuel issue in the national spotlight, said the council could vote
at its July meeting to issue national guidelines for temperature compensation
at the pump - and that it would be none too soon from the standpoint of states
that want to install the devices.
- By Reed Black, staff