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Gas Prices, Damn 'Em To Hell

04.13.2005

gas prices

I will admit that in the last week gas prices seemed to have stayed the same. Prior to it was a daily event, driving by the gas station and gapping at the prices going up, up, up. I thought prices were bad enough during our Spring Break road trip where we drove about 900 miles, and gas cost me around $2.15 a gallon the entire trip. It had been in the $1.80 range a few weeks prior to that. Now it's in the $2.50 range in Bend.

This showed up in my email today:

Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost! of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace....not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now,don't whimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I am 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!!!

I love the idea, but the chain email part is where these things never go right. Of course, put in on my blog. Why not? You're always less offended to read something like this on a blog page, rather than in email, right? Maybe with the last Don't Buy Gas For A Day failure, this time it might work with blogs. Expensive gas sucks (and I don't care if it costs $5 in Europe, because in the Good Ole' USA, it's your right to drive, drive, and drive).


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Comments

christophe said:

$5 in Europe? You having a laugh?

It's more like $7 a gallon in the UK, and that's with a strong £:$ exchange rate.

http://www.theaa.com/allaboutcars/fuel/

Count yrself lucky :)



Brad said:

I am not off to New Zealand. That was an April Fool's day joke. Apparently not a very good one, because no on knew it was a joke. Everyone thought it was real. So maybe it was a great joke.




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