July 20, 1994 |
Under attack by rival Chevron Corp., Texaco agreed Tuesday to change millions of dollars' worth of advertising for its much-vaunted new gasoline. Following recommendations by an advertising industry arbitration group, Texaco said it will remove wording that suggests that a new gasoline additive is uniquely capable of removing deposits in the engine combustion chamber. Such deposits can cause rough idling, poor acceleration and power loss.
July 29, 1990 |
We are now notified that pumping our own gas causes cancer. Actually, I suspected this all along. When the station hirelings started lurking in their bulletproof cages, refusing to come out to the Tarmac, it was the tip-off that something was wrong. We should have known to beware the pumps. So last week the news came. The gasoline in California is laced with a heavy dose of benzene, more than in any other state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 1989 |
Chemists at the Texaco Research Center in Beacon, N.Y., have developed what they call a "revolutionary" new package of engine additives that can clean up both the car's carburetor or fuel injection system and interior motor parts without increasing the engine's octane requirement. Texaco has recently begun marketing the additive package as part of its System-3 gasoline.
October 30, 1997 |
Tosco Corp. is urging the state Air Resources Board to move quickly toward eliminating a smog-reducing gasoline additive because of concerns it could cause widespread contamination of drinking water supplies. The plea by Tosco to stop oil industry usage of methyl tertiary butyl ether, or MTBE, could rock an industry that has invested billions in formulating fuel with the additive to make a federally required "cleaner-burning gasoline."
May 16, 2006 |
Chevron Corp. is exploring investments in ethanol plants to guarantee steady supplies of the gasoline additive for its refineries. Chevron is examining whether larger ethanol distilleries could be built to lower production costs, Donald Paul, the company's chief technology officer, said in a telephone interview Monday. Chevron would be the first major oil company in 26 years to invest in U.S. production of the grain-based additive.
May 18, 2006 |
What do mothballs and toilet bowl deodorant bars have to do with drastically improving gas mileage? Nothing, say prosecutors who are going after a company that claims a small ball made with the chemicals in those products is a "gas pill" that can boost mileage 25% or more. Texas Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott sued BioPerformance Inc. on Wednesday, a day after a San Antonio judge signed a temporary restraining order forcing the Dallas company to cease allegedly deceptive acts and froze its assets.
April 10, 2009 |
The increased use of ethanol could cost the government up to $900 million for food stamps and child nutrition programs, a congressional report says. Higher use of the corn-based fuel additive accounted for about 10% to 15% of the rise in food prices from April 2007 to April 2008, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. That translates into higher costs for food programs for the needy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2003 |
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the Bush administration must reconsider its decision to force California to use the gasoline additive ethanol, which state air quality officials say is unnecessary to reduce air pollution. Under the ruling, the court concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency acted improperly two years ago when it denied California's request for a waiver from a federal requirement to add ethanol to its gasoline.
June 11, 2001 |
The Bush administration plans to deny California's request for exemption from a federal gas rule that state officials say would increase already-rising prices at the pumps, an Environmental Protection Agency official said Sunday night. The decision, expected this week, would require the state to use a fuel additive, most likely ethanol, to help gasoline burn more cleanly. That could cost California drivers as much as $450 million a year, said Roger Salazar, a spokesman for Gov. Gray Davis.
May 15, 2006 |
In a stuffy Marina del Rey hotel meeting room Thursday night, Taylor Rivera spoke excitedly about a gas-saving additive he'd discovered a few months before. "I normally get 255 miles to the tank," said Rivera, who drives a Porsche SUV. After popping the gas additive BioPerformance Fuel into his tank several times, he said, "my mileage jumped up to 305. I didn't research it, but it worked for me, so I shared it with my friends."