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ExxonMobil, Shell to Testify on Hot Fuels

WASHINGTON -- Senior executives from ExxonMobil and Shell will appear before the U.S. House of Representatives Domestic Policy Subcommittee's second hearing on hot fuels, Land Line Magazine reported.

Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), chairman of the subcommittee, called the second meeting to question why fuel retailers and oil companies have embraced an automated method of temperature compensation at retail pumps in Canada, but not in the U.S., the report stated.

The issue behind hot fuel refers to when diesel and gasoline is sold warmer than the standard 60 degrees. While fuel temperature is compensated for at all points of the refining and wholesale fuel process, it is not at the retail pump. When fuel is warmer than the standard, it expands, giving consumers less energy for the price, according to the report.

The subcommittee hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday. Kucinich previously invited executives from ExxonMobil and Shell to the subcommittee's first "hot fuel" hearing on June 8, but none were present.

The agenda for the July 25 hearing shows that officials from both companies plan to attend. Scheduled to testify are Ben Soraci, U.S. retail sales director for ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co., and Hugh Cooley, vice president and general manager of Shell Oil Co.'s National Wholesale and Joint Ventures.

Kucinich has claimed that both companies use a double standard when doing business in the U.S. and Canada:

"In Canada, the oil industry moved quickly to adopt automated temperature compensation at the retail pump," Kucinich stated in a press release. "But in the U.S., where temperatures are often considerably warmer than the industry standard of 60 degrees, the oil industry has resisted equipping gas stations with temperature- compensating technology."