Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Stop the Madness!!!

Gas prices are rising all around the country, but I imagine that California is leading the charge. I'm sad to say that this happened to me yesterday:

I wish there was something that we could do to make the price of gas reasonable once again. As consumers, we are kind of at the mercy of the gas companies because we need gas to live our lives, and for many of us, public transportation isn't even an option.

I got the following e-mail from a friend with a suggestion. Do you think it could work? Any other suggestions?

Join the resistance! I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by this coming summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.

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 work. Please read on and join with us!

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is Super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 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, 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 PRODUCTS especially GASOLINE from the two biggest companies(which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. Their Brands include
the following:

Mobil Delvac
On The Run

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 wimp 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 30 people. If each of us 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 group 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. That's all!

How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail 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. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 Range and keep it there.


I'm not a fan of mass e-mailing, but I would consider breaking my rule just this once if I thought I could do something to stop the madness at the pump! I'm interested in your feedback.


Jenn said...

I've done this for years already. I NEVER go to Mobile/Exxon....

Cousin said...

Hi Tracy -- first, thanks for stopping by our blog ("Cousin" and "Monz" actually are two different people -- Monz is a friend from high school, long story how the lunchcentric blog got started). Stop by again soon!

My thought on gas is that we should have a "not-really-a-tax" tax. Hike gas prices $1 - $2 per gallon, but give people the money back at the end of the year (they could use special debit cards to keep track, or send in receipts, or whatever). People probably wouldn't think "ok, I'm going to fill the tank because I know I'm going to get this money back later" but conserve right away and use whatever refunds they did get for something else.

Forky said...

Okay. I'll give it a shot. Although my cat is currently telling me this is a terrible idea.

Either that or he's just hungry.

Cherry said...

I don't know if this will work, but I too don't buy gas at these stations, so I'll continue to do my part in the fight.