Transition from winter to summer fuel blends boosts gas prices

03/31/2011 | Tampa Tribune (Fla.), The

The composition of gasoline changes according to the weather to help maintain a car's performance during warm or freezing temperatures. The transition from one blend to another can cause gas prices to increase because summer fuel contains costlier additives than winter blends, said Laurie Falter, economist from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Higher demand for fuel during warmer weather also raises the prices of gasoline.

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