No-Gas War?

Here is a Forward I received the other day:

Subject: Fw: No gas purchase 5/19

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 COMPANIES.

THEREFORE MAY 19TH HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED a STICK IT TO THEM 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 ADMINISTRATION 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 MAKES A DIFFERENCE

And here is my response to the kind person who sent it to me:

Let me tell you a couple of reasons why I don’t think this holds any water. (Were you expecting this kind of response from me?)

1) I’ve seen this before, only with a different date on it.

2) If people aren’t going to buy gas on one specific day of the week, and they need gas (else why would they buy it on that day anyway) they are either going to buy it the day before or the day after. Now having some business sense, you know that one single day of one week is not going to make or break a company, even if they didn’t sell anything (ie the entire world joined this ban). What matters is that the people who need gas but don’t buy on that day are either going to buy the day before or the day after. Therefore the books will average out the same when they are closed at the end of the fiscal period.

Perhaps a better ploy would have been to ask everyone to carpool or even take the bus as much as possible for the entire week, that way less people would use gas as opposed to using the same amount but filling up on a different day, only accomplishing an anomaly in the oil companys’ ledger while taking no money out of their pockets.

In the end, I didn’t get gas yesterday. Neither of my cars needed any.

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3 Responses to No-Gas War?

  1. Hannah says:

    The forward doesn’t seem to present a good reason to skive off gas at all – it simply states that we are sending a message to oil companies. This seems to imply that the oil companies are arbitrarily (sp?) setting gas prices just to infuriate us all and make us cough up all our cash. This simply isn’t so. If anyone truly wanted to make a difference in gas prices, maybe they should be on one of the teams researching alternative fuel. Besides that, all we can do is complain!

  2. Roger says:

    Yeah,I pretty much didn’t take this forward seriously at all. I’ve seen it a few times in my many years of having an email address. I did want to point out an obvious fallacy from an accounting standpoint, though.

    Speaking of alternative fuels, I think I want a hybrid car. What do you think about that (anyone)?

  3. Eric says:

    Ford has a new Hybrid SUV. You can rant about that now along with your other SUV stuff… 😈

    I want a Hyrbid also… especially with the commute to work and back… 🙁

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