Emails are being circulated, suggesting that all of us avoid purchasing
on May 15, as a show of awareness among drivers.
While it is unlikely to make any big difference, I cant see what it would
It would be easy enough for most of us to fill up before or after that date,
see if a show of solidarity would have any effect.
I'm not saying this one day will make the gas companies drop the price by 50
cents. What I am saying is it is a step in the right direction. At the
moment, those big oil guys think they can do whatever they want, and we will
just sit back and pay higher and higher prices. If 50,000 people were to do
even this one day, then perhaps the next time, it will be 100,000, and the
next time 200,000.
Then exactly what will be accomplished? They'll just buy their gas
the next day. And if very many people "boycott" gas purchases for a
day, it stands to reason they may encounter long lines at the pump the
next day and even waste gas by waiting their turn to fill up. This
isn't a step in any direction. Like most of the emails that come in
with more than one "Fwd:" in the subject line, it's all horseshit.
Let's say you and a large number of drivers participated in this farce
on the same day OPEC raises crude prices by $5/barrel. Are you
willing to wait to buy gas until the price comes down? If not, it's
an exercise in futility. They've got us over the barrel now (pun
intended). They know we're not going to change our lifestyles with
prices at their current levels. When you are ready to discuss true
steps, like reducing consumption or increasing supply, please check
I will totally agree that reducing gas consumption should be an idea in
everyone's mind. But, how do you convince the person making $900,000 a year,
and drives a Hummer, to use less gas? I see people all the time on the NET
posing how they don't give a rat's ass what gas prices are, as they can
afford it. Another thing is you have to look at the MPG ratings for
cars/trucks these days. Some people I have spoke with think it's so awesome
that there brand new car get's 30 MPG on the highway. They are
less-then-impressed when I tell them my 11 year old Bonnie, with a V6 get's
almost the same. With the computing power available these days, all auto
manufactures should be making cars getting well over 30, and I'm not talking
about those shitty little Honda's either. If they could do it 11 years ago,
they should be able to do it a hell of a lot better now.
You start taxing those big bastards. Taxes have historically been
used to curb undesired actions or products (see cigarettes).
I think it's amazing that JFK said in May, 1961 that the US would put
a man on the moon by the end of the decade, and we did it. But no
Apollo-type programs exist for alternate fuels and/or vastly improved
mileage vehicles. As much as I hate to say it, I kind of wish Ross
Perot had won in 1992 and implemented his $.50/gal. tax. That amount
of money put towards energy independence over the past 14+ years would
have gone a LONG way.
If one wants to have a effect on the price at the pump one needs to help to
lower the DEMAND. Simply not buying on a particular day, will no do that.
Parking ones vehicle for a week however will have an effect on the demand.
No matter how many "investigations," into the price of gasoline over the
years, the result has ALWAYS been the same. The prices at the pump are a
result of changes in supply and demand, period
Respectfully suggest that reducing demand will have no
Let me compare with electricity. 10 years ago we were
(virtually) all using incandescent bulbs... lots and lots
of 100 watters. Today we're (virtually) all using compact
flourescents consuming perhaps 25% of the energy that the
incandescents did. We all used vacuum tube TV sets that
burned up 100's of watts - and today use transistor sets
that use only a fraction of that. Gazillions of watts saved,
yet the price of hydro not only hasn't dropped, it's increased so
that our monthly bills are higher than ever.
I 'spect that after I finish inventing the car that gets
10,000 miles per gallon :) the effect will be that gas
will cost $2,000 per gallon.
I will gladly give up driving a day or two, to make a point. The station
will NOT be hurt because what he loses one day, he will pick up the next.
This is to raise awareness. Same sort of crap that the Hispanics and Blacks
did in their marches. It bought them a lot of concessions from politicians.
Are you saying that you cannot join in unity for just one day?? Whether
it works or not??
If so, that is a sad commentary..
If he will pick it up the next day, exactly what is your point?
What are you trying to raise awareness of? I'd think people already
know they are paying a lot more for gas than they were.
I don't know what kind of parallel you are trying to draw here, but it
doesn't square. OK, so some minority groups marched to raise
awareness of situations, but every driver already knows gas costs a
lot more. And who do you think you'll win concessions from? OPEC
couldn't care less, and the government can do little to help, short of
reducing taxes on gasoline. As others have said, it's all supply and
Hell, let's all jack off on the 15th in the spirit of unity. It
doesn't matter if it makes any difference, right?
The sad commentary is that some dimwit started this email garbage a
few years ago, and every time gas prices peak, it gets passed around
again and again. The scary part is that so many people think the
bullshit contained therein is true.
In gas sales yes, but most stations are now part of a convenience store and
a lot of customers get gas and then buy a coffee, lottery tichets, etc. No
one is going to get two coffees the next day to make up for it.
Raise awareness for what? Do you think some people are unaware of the price
of gas? I'm very aware of it and I was paying $6.45 a gallon last month.
I'll be happy to join in on something that works. IMO, this is going to hurt
more people than it helps. If you really want to make a point, park the car
for a day and actually use less of it. As long as we keep driving, they
will keep jacking prices.
Come up with a good idea that works and I'll join in.
BOYCOTT dealers who sell lo-mileage SUVs and Pickup trucks.
I was at a ( classic ) car show recently.
Lots of trucks and cars from the late 70's.
I was reminded of how much less sheet-metal
it used to take to build a pick-up truck.
They're building modern trucks to LOOK like locomotives.
( part of the "mine's bigger than yours is" syndrome )
I already did if you read my post. It was DO NOT DRIVE ONE DAY. That will
have a much bigger impact that buying gas on a different day. No only do we
not buy gas on that day, we use a heck of a lot less of it. Think of the
impact on mass transit systems, on industry, on the news, as well as your
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