Fw: O/T-Good Idea - LETS DO IT !!! (Rising Gas Prices)
- Or we could just boycott... I know. I know..... It's already been said
that we all depend on our vehicles..... But that's not entirely true.
Let's be realistic... Many of us could walk and/or bike. It may be a tad
inconvienent, but it wouldn't be too too bad for several of us. How
about this?...... We could all call for a boycott and exclude all of
those who work, or attend school, too far away to arrive at a reasonable
hour by commuting without a vehicle. Hell, for many people, commuting by
foot or bicycle would be faster... It all depends upon the area you're
in. So let's do this.... Let's park the vehicles and say no to gas until
prices drop drastically! I hope no one thinks I'm being a pain. I'm
proposing this as a way to help everyone....human and non-human alike.
I'll explain.... Rescue depends heavily upon the transports that
rescuers arrange. Transports would be almost halted during the boycott,
but the boycott would benefit rescue in the end.... Because, when prices
fall, transporters will be better capable of meeting the demand of
carrying companion animals from here to there....to their rescues,
fosters, and fur-ever homes. As things stand now, gas is so expensive
that I've heard of transporters "taking a break" or "cutting back".
Let's boycott gasoline.... A boycott will help us AND our non-human
friends!!! Nobody will blame you if you can't participate.....if you
can't participate then atleast follow the plan below, but, for all who
CAN participate.... LET'S DO IT! LET'S BOYCOTT!!!!!!!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: J J :)
> Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2005 12:15:15 -0700 (PDT)
> I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer.
> Want gasoline prices to come down?
> We need to take some intelligent, united action Phillip Hollsworth,
> offered this good idea:
> This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a
> certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May!
> The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we
> wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was
> more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT,
> whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really
> Please read it and join with us!
> By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super
> Me too! It is currently $2.75 for regular unleaded in my town.
> 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,
> 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
> 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 (sic) 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!!!
> Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people and DON"T purchase
> ANY gasoline from EXXON and MOBIL. That's all.
> How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten
> more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could
> conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't
> think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we
> can make a difference.
> If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
> PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30
> RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK
> Love never dies, you just pass it along.
- I'm not suggesting a "gas out day". I'm suggesting a boycott until
I'm not basing my suggestion upon some kind of myth or urban legend.
Boycotts can work. It depends upon the level of participation involved
and how long the participation continues. Boycotts have been successful
in the past with regards to other issues. Why not this? Snopes is not
the end all be all of "factual information", and people who rely too
heavily upon snopes are in no different a place than those who rely upon
other sources for information. You can't just take any piece of
information and "run it past" snopes. If I suggested boycotting a
grocery store until they stopped purchasing product X from supplier X,
would you check snopes? Do you do that with each email alert you
receive? I called for a gas boycott. I didn't forward some off the wall
nonsense. I merely called for a boycott. People can do it or not do
it..... Their choice. It's not an urban legend any more than it would be
an urban legend for me to call for a boycott against a resturant, a
store, or some other company. It's just something I suggested.
> On Fri, 2 Sep 2005 5:57am, fidyl wrote:
> Gas Out Day An Urban Legend
> Claim: Participating in a one-day "gas out" on May 19 will help
> bring the retail price of gasoline down.
> Status: False.
> [Collected on the Internet, 2004]
> IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES DID
> NOT PURCHASE A DROP OF GASOLINE FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME,
> THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.
> AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS
> OF OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL
> THEREFORE MAY 19TH HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR
> BEHINDS DAY" AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE
> DROP OF GASOLINE THAT DAY.
> THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS
> MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT.
> WAITING ON THIS ADMIINSTRATION TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES
> IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN
> PRICES THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?
> REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF GASOLINE GOING UP
> BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES,
> TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH EFFECTS
> PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING,
> BUILDING MATERIALS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC. WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!
> WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON'T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE
> DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.
> SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO
> EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE MAY 19TH A DAY THAT
> THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"
> [Collected on the Internet, 2000]
> Last year on April 30, 1999, a gas out was staged across Canada
> and the U.S. to bring the price of gas down, and it worked. It's time
> to do something about it again.
> Only this time lets make it for three days instead of just one.
> The so-called oil cartel decided to slow production to drive up
> gasoline prices. Lets see how many Canadian\American people we can
> get to ban together for a three day period in April, NOT TO BUY ANY
> GASOLINE, during those three days.
> LET'S HAVE A GAS OUT. Do not buy any gasoline from APRIL 7, 2000,
> THROUGH APRIL 9, 2000. Buy what you need before the dates listed
> above, or after, but try not to buy any during the GAS OUT.
> If you want to help, just send this to everyone you know and ask
> them to do the same. We brought the prices down once before, and we
> can do it again.
> Come on North America lets stand together. WE CAN MAKE A
> Even if you receive this 100 times keep passing it around, this
> way you know everyone is being informed and no one will
> Origins: Although
> it went into hiding for several years, the one-day "gas out" craze is
> back — and with it a reminder that protest schemes that don't cost
> the the participants any inconvenience, hardship, or money remain the
> most popular, despite their dubious effectiveness. A one-day "gas
> out" was proposed in 1999, and a three-day-long event was called for
> in 2000, but both drew little participation and had no effect on
> retail gasoline prices because they were based upon flawed premises.
> This year's version is no different.
> First of all, everyone's "not purchasing a drop of gasoline for one
> day" will not cause oil companies to "choke on their stockpiles." Oil
> companies run their inventories on a weekly basis, and since the "gas
> out" scheme doesn't call on people to buy less gasoline but simply to
> shift their date of purchase by one day, oil company stockpiles won't
> be affected at all.
> Next, merely shifting the day of purchase will not "hit the entire
> industry with a net loss of over $4.6 billion." Consumers won't be
> buying any less gasoline under this "gas out" proposal; they'll
> simply be purchasing gas a day earlier or a day later than they
> usually would. The very same amount of gasoline will be sold either
> way, so the oil companies aren't going to lose any money at all.
> By definition, a boycott involves the doing without of something,
> with the renunciation of the boycotted product held up as tangible
> proof to those who supply the commodity that consumers are prepared
> to do without it unless changes are made. What the "gas out" calls
> for isn't consumers' swearing off using or buying gasoline, even for
> a short time, but simply shifting their purchases by one day. Because
> the "gas out" doesn't call on consumers to make a sacrifice by
> actually giving up something, the threat it poses is a hollow one.
> Not buying gas on a designated day may make people feel a bit better
> about things by providing them a chance to vent their anger at higher
> gasoline prices, but the action won't have any real impact on retail
> prices. An effective protest would involve something like organizing
> people to forswear the use of their cars on specified days, an act
> that could effectively demonstrate the reality of the threat that if
> gasoline prices stay up, American consumers are prepared to move to
> carpooling and public transportation for the long term. Simply
> changing the day one buys gas, however, imparts no such threat,
> because nothing is being done without.
> Moreover, the primary potential effect of the type of boycott
> proposed in the "gas out" messages is to hurt those at the very end
> of the oil-to-gasoline chain, service station operators — the people
> who have the least say in setting gasoline prices. As such, the "gas
> out" is a punch on the nose delivered to the wrong person.
> Either apathy or an outbreak of common sense has made previous "gas
> outs" non-events with very low levels of participation, as documented
> by these snippets of news accounts from across North America:
> Friday's gasoline boycott was an effort that sputtered, coughed,
> then died. Motorists continued to fill up gas-guzzling sport-utility
> vehicles and trucks alongside smaller vehicles despite a one-day
> protest aimed to pressure oil companies to lower gas prices.
> Although a gasoline boycott that began as an electronic mail
> campaign kept some drivers nationwide away from the pump, dealers say
> they saw little, if any, effect on their traffic.
> In Seattle, there were so many cars waiting to get into [a]
> Texaco station . . . yesterday afternoon that it caused a backup five
> cars deep into [the] right-hand lane.
> Reports indicated few motorists paid attention to a nationwide
> boycott touted initially by Internet e-mail and later by word of
> A planned nationwide boycott protesting the high price of
> gasoline didn't have much effect on local gas stations.
> "We were expecting something substantial," said Mark Johnson, the
> owner of a Chevron station. "We haven't really noticed much of a