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[Mar. 12th, 2003|12:13 pm]
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so my boss (the illustriouse Martha Gray) sent me this e-mail, amongst a few others like alorie parkhill and carl lacombe, and i thought i should share. and feel free, feel encouraged to pass the idea along.


Join the resistance!!!!
We are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer. Do you want
gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united
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 work.
Please read it and join with us!
By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. It is currently $1.97 for regular unleaded in some places.
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 the sellers.
With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to takeaction. 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 suit.
But to have an impact, we need to reach literally million! s of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now, 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.
If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am... so trust me on this one.
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.

oh, and in reply i reminded them that exxon and mobil merged a few years back, making them this uber-evil corperation and that it wouldn't really do any good boycotting just one of them, but both is nessisary. and as i think they make up the majority of the us gasoline market (if not the world gas market, they are both spin off companys from standard oil, yes boys and girls, that standard oli) this might actually potentially have some sort of effect.

ok, that's it for now. now go out and CHANGE THE WORLD (or what you pay for gas)


[User Picture]From: clydemyman
2003-03-12 09:23 am (UTC)
I think gas should be more expensive! yes, i don't really want to pay for it, but the usa has the cheapest gas prices in the world and we are the most dependent on it as well. we deserve to be kicked in the ass with these prices! maybe it would get people to stop driving their bigger-than-necessary, gas-guzzling, air-polluting suvs all over... It's so typical of Americans to complain about opec, but then when prices go up we whine about that. godDAMNit!
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From: dogoncouch
2003-03-12 09:34 am (UTC)
I agree, we do deserve higher gas prices than we have, and we do need to be kicked in the ass. However, there are plenty of reasons to boycott exxon/mobil, and I don't think they should be the ones doing the ass kicking. Gas prices are high because they are worried about what will happen with the whole Iraq thing. Not because they are paying more. Personally I think it isn't necessary to burn all the fossil fuel there is in the world.
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[User Picture]From: clydemyman
2003-03-12 12:58 pm (UTC)


most definetely, i agree with that--i had no problems with the exxon/mobil boycott :)
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[User Picture]From: nchanter
2003-03-12 09:35 am (UTC)


yes, but they are artifically inflated just about everywhere else to decrese polution and dependance. what REALLY needs to happen is to make more fuel efficent cars. like mandating that all cars need to be hybreds by like, 2013 or soemthing. THAT is what needs to happen, not an increase in gas prices
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From: dogoncouch
2003-03-12 09:43 am (UTC)
Personally, I think we should just stop with the cars. Maybe like by 2005, ban cars :).

Oh, and as for the math on 300 million. I'm not a mathematician, you're right. But you have to account for the people that aren't going to send the message to 10 people. I would say at best 50% will. Mathematicians should pay more attention to basic logic.
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From: emperorturill
2003-03-12 09:38 am (UTC)
Wasn't this circulated last year? I seem to remember some sort of boycott of Exxon/Mobil being suggested by someone, perhaps at CSW or perhaps online.
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[User Picture]From: ithych
2003-03-12 01:34 pm (UTC)
First off, more expensive gas prices encourage people to drive less and drive more fuel-effecient vehicles. It's that simple; it worked in Europe, it can work for us, too.
Secondly, if Exxon-Mobil lowers their prices, then they are more likely to put smaller companies that can't afford to follow suit out of business.
Third, if you're really concerned about the evil of Exxon-Mobil... don't worry, they'll go bankrupt in 40 years anyway, when the gas runs out because of the current low prices and massive consumption.
If you really care about not paying for gas, trade in your SUV, dear.
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[User Picture]From: nchanter
2003-03-12 02:06 pm (UTC)
If you really care about not paying for gas, trade in your SUV, dear.

it's not my choice to have an SUV. i would love to have a little japanese car, or even a little japanese hybrid. but this is the car i was given. so i don't bitch about it too much.

look, i just thought it was a good idea, as i go to a little independent gas station in belmont which is full serve and has lower gas prices than any self serve in the area anyways. but that's me.
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