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Tips On Filling Up At
The Gas Station

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 I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here   in  California we are also paying higher, up to $3.50 per gallon. But my   line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here are   some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon..     
Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in San Jose , CA  we deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period thru the   pipeline.  One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline,   regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total   capacity of 16,8 00,000 gallons.     Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when   the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service   stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the   ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline   expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening....your gallon is not   exactly a gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and   the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol   and other petroleum products plays an important role.     A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.   But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the   pumps.   
 When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle   to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three   (3)stages: low, middle, and high. In slow mode you should be   pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while   you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are   pumping  on the fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank   becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the   underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.     One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank   is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason for this is, the more gas you   have in your tank the less air occupying i ts empty space. Gasoline   evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an   internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the   gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service   stations, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature   compensated so that every gallon is actually the exact amount.      Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the   storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the   gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might   pick up some f the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope   this will help you get the most value for your money.     DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS! 
WHERE TO BUY USA GAS, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW. READ ON    Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about  it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American  goods. We should return the favor.    An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.    Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into  the coffers of Saudi Arabia .. Just buy from gas companies that don't  import their oil from the Saudis.    Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up  the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my  family, and my friends.    I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies  are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import  Middle Eastern oil. These companies import Middle Eastern oil:   
Shell........................... 205,742,000 barrels 
Chevron/Texaco......... 144,332,000 barrels 
Exxon /Mobil............... 130,082,000 barrels 
Marathon/Speedway... 117,740,000 barrels 
Amoco............................62,231,000 barrels
Citgo gas is from South America, from Hugo Chavez' Venezuela.
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18  BILLION!  (oil is now $100+ a barrel)     Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil: 
Sunoco..................0 barrels 
Conoco.. ................0 barrels 
Sinclair.................0 barrels 
B P/Phillips............0 barrels 
Hess.......................0 barrels 
ARC0....................0 barrels 
If you go to Sunoco.com, you will get a list of the station locations  near you.    All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and  each is required to state where they get their oil and how much  they are importing.    But to have an impact, w e need to reach literally millions of gas  buyers. It's really simple to do. Now, don't wimp out at this point.... keep reading and I'll  explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!    I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)...and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) .. and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers !!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!    If it goes one level further, you guessed it ..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!  Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would all that take?  
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