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I am working to further the idea and research and use of alternative fuels. In the meantime, life goes on and the guys at the big oil companies are taking advantage and reaping huge revenues, so I must spread the word about something good I just read and just posted about in a Myspace bulletin.

 

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Ok, I have a Facebook profile because someone talked me into it around a year and a half ago. I never used it and had forgotten about it until we wanted to see pictures of Jennie's new boyfriend, but we still have not because she still has yet to add me as one of her friends. Anyway, so I went on there this evening to check again and I stumbled across this group, the description of which is below. They have a really good idea. It sounds very feasible and easy to do, so I thought I would do my part to spread the word.

John

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How to get GAS back down to $1.30 per gallon
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Common Interest - Beliefs & Causes
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THIS IS NOT THE 'DON'T BUY' GAS FOR ONE DAY, BUT IT WILL SHOW YOU HOW WE CAN GET GAS BACK DOWN TO $1.30 PER GALLON.

I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. The oil companies just laughed at us when we tried to unite to not buy gas for a day because they knew we wouldn't continue to 'hurt' ourselves by continuing it any longer.
Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea, and this idea make much more sense than the 'don't buy gas on a certain day' campaign that was going around last April or May!
It's worth your consideration.


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 IT 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 wimp out on me at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

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 $2.00 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK.


Keep it going

 

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John

 

** edited for profanity in violation with the Terms of Service


Edited by stins - 3/9/2009 at 07:22 pm
post #2 of 9

I love the idea of motivating the masses!

 

I guess i wonder if something like boycotting Exxon-Mobil will work, though...how much control do the specific oil companies have over price-setting?  How far do consumer gas prices deviate from the price of crude oil set by the major international petroleum exchanges (eg. International Petroleum Exchange in London or NY Mercantile Exchange?).

 

Does anyone know?  I'd really be interested in more info on this.


Edited by lola - Tue, 22 Apr 2008 04:50:08 GMT
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I have been boycotting Exxon/ Mobil for years. I know of others who do as well. Maybe if more people did that, it would have an impact.

 

If nothing else, it would keep those greedy people from getting richer. But, which gas company would one frequent then? Aren't they pretty much all the same?

 

I sometimes go to the local gas station in our small town, and I paid $3.99 / gallon last Friday already! It is a Fina station. Are local gas stations better, even if they are a little more expensive?

 

It may be a no-brainer to some, but to me this is a head- scratcher. I want to do the right thing, but don't exactly know what the right thing would be (except public transportation, which doesn't exist in my area- argghh).

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Yeah I boycott Exxon/Mobile as well.  Don't particularly like Chevron either.  I usually go to Shell, because at least they do a good amount of alternative fuel research.

 

In the end all gas stations are getting their fuel from essentially the same sources, so it doesn't make a particularly big difference.  The best solution is to decrease your gas consumption as much as possible.  Switch to an electric vehicle if possible.

 

I haven't been to a gas station for a while, but all the ones I've noticed in passing recently have had gas at $4.49 per gallon.  Impressive how rapidly the price has increased.


Edited by dana1981 - Fri, 6 Jun 2008 18:05:57 UTC
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Gas prices are going craaaazy, regardless of who you buy it from.  I live in the San Francisco area and have been taking BART (our underground train system) since moving back to the area.  In the last few months as gas prices have gone up, I've noticed that traffic on BART is rising and freeway traffic (i.e. private car usage) is decreasing DRAMATICALLY.  On certain days of the week, I don't even see anymore rush hour across the Bay Bridge!  It's nuts.  But great.

 

Bottom line, I think that consumers will begin to "boycott" gas altogether, in favor of alternative technologies or (for those of us who can't afford the electric switch) public transport.

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p.s. anyone else noticing dramatic shifts in private car traffic patterns?  Curious if it's unique to the Bay Area, or if gas prices are having a more widespread impact.

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Hard to say since I don't drive to work.  I have noticed when passing over the freeway lately there's been less traffic, but that may be because I-5 is undergoing repairs which is altering people's routes.  I haven't noticed any dramatic changes, other than seeing more mopeds and alternative fuel vehicles on the road.

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I haven't seen much change, and everytime I see someone speeding past me on the freeway I note that gas must not be too expensive quite yet.

 

Personally, I boycot Citgo as their gas comes from Venezuela and I'm not a fan of Hugo Chavez at all. I don't do it to try to lower gas prices, I just don't want to send any of my own money to that guy. I doubt this plan would work, Facebook and even the internet is too small of an audience for this to have much measurable impact especially when you add in the millions of people who saw this and didn't boycott exxon (like me).

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According to the Minneapolis newspaper-

 

Bus ridership rose 8.6 percent in May, year-to-date ridership rose 7.8 percent.  Light rail ridership had a 14.9 percent increase last month, and year-to-date 2008 ridership has increased 15.8 percent.

 

Our lightrail line is pretty new, and even before the gas price hike, the actual ridership was much higher than the projected ridership.  They will be adding new lines over the next several years, so I bet more and more people will start catching the trains.

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