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Heat Throws Off Gas Pumps, and Motorists Pay

As temperatures and fuel prices rise, motorists are getting less bang for their buck at the pumps.

Some consumer advocates say oil companies are overcharging customers by $2 billion a year because they don't adjust their pumps when gasoline expands during the higher summer temperatures.

Gas station owners say it would be far too difficult to sell temperature-adjusted fuel. But one state — Hawaii — already does it.


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