1215"Dump the Pump:" Brits Who Are As Stupid As Americans
- Aug 1, 2000=v= Last year, motorists in the United States staged the
stupidest protest ever: The Great American GAS-OUT. The idea
was not to buy gasoline on a certain day. Just buy extra the
day before, or the day after. Newsflash: it had no effect.
=v= Today there's a UK version: "Dump the Pump." It's just as
stupid and pointless as the US version.
| Organisers do not expect motorists to buy less petrol --
| drivers can fill up on any other day -- but they want empty
| filling stations to send a powerful signal.
| Organisers have mounted a slick campaign complete with a
| website at boycott-the-pumps.com. That links to another site
| -- petrolbusters.com -- which allows consumers to compare
| prices at service stations in their local area.
| But the environmental group Friends of the Earth called the
| campaign a "cynical stunt by the most backward bits of the
| road lobby, prodded by populist papers and opportunist Tory
| politicians". Fuel tax was an essential tool to fight
| environmental damage, it said, noting government figures
| showing the cost of driving a car had not changed in real
| terms in 25 years while train fares had risen by 53 percent
| and bus fares by 87 percent.