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Can We Force Lower Gas Prices?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bross82, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Bross82

    Bross82 1/2 ton status

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    here's an email that is being passed around:

    "I have been getting a lot of emails lately from friends and family members looking to take action on the rising price of gas. I have seen everything from the "fill up your tank and send the receipt to your congressman with a note.." to "if we all car pooled, then the amount of gas we use...". None of those schemes will affect the big oil companies to budge, which means OPEC will not budge. This one makes sense though:

    Subject: Gas Prices
    Date: Sun, 22 August 2005 7:300 AM

    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. 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, 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 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 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"

    Seems like maybe a good idea....except on my way home the mobil station was $2.89 while the other stations nearby were about $3.23...So naturally people going home just watched the signs and there was a line at mobil while the other stations were empty.... :o
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    I'm just wondering how many millions of times this is going to get posted over the next couple of years????????????????????????????????
     
  3. cbbr

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    At least as many as the "don't buy gas" e-mail.
     
  4. Roz

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    gotta give credit for trying- if it were that simple :( heck im going on strike, i only buy base gas-what ever that is, and i am going to ride to work
     
  5. Corey 78K5

    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    This has been on here a millon times over and it's also not a good ideal!!!
    Ok so say You don't buy gas from Exxon or Mobil but instead buy it from the local gas n go which is supplied buy they big oil companys like Exxon and Mobile then what good does that do.

    There is only one answer to this whole problem.
    Start drilling off of Our Pacific Coast (California is full of refineries) and in Alaska as well as the Midwest. Set restictions on how much the oil companys can make on a barrel of oil. It only cost them about $4-5 per barrel but they get around $70 for one on the market now.
    A lot of jobs could also be created with MY little ideal and the enviromentalist would just have to suck it up and deal with it.
     
  6. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Problems with that though.........................................

    They say the refineries run anywhere from 90% to 100% at capacity all the time. From everything I have read, it's not a supply problem, it's a refinery problem because we don't have enough. They say there has been no new refinery built in this country in 25 years.

    Furthermore, yup, there's a lot of refineries out there and when they are not blowing up on a yearly basis (used to live a mile east of a Shell refinery); they refine gas for you guys and you guys only since CA has their own regulations.

    I have to agree though, the eco-nazis need some steel-toed kicks to the balls...............
     
  7. Emmettology 101

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    So with all the billions of $$ in profits the oil companies have been making, why cant the gov't step in and have them open new refinieries? More or less step in and tell the eco-nazis this is what needs to be done, end of story....
     
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    The oil companies are making all the money on the oil because its a comodity and thats the price that the market dictates. Bubbas right we havent built a new refinary in 25 years because of the eco-nazis and everytime you give them an answer they bitch about it they dont like nuclear and they say the wind is an eyesore and hurts the birds. If we got rid of all these nutcakes it would solve all this, we could not only build the good stuff but there would be less people to use it :laugh:
     
  9. Thunder

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    Yes the answer is simple.
    We just have to develop an engine that will run on enviromentalists. It would be great. :D
    I can see it now.
    " Hey what kind of gas milage do you get?"
    Oh! I dont burn gas any more. I converted over to cheap enviromentalists as an alternate fuel source. I get 35 miles a tree hugger. Just have to go over to California. They are selling them cheap You can buy them by the cord.
     
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    More random thoughts on enviromentalists as an alternate fuel source.......
    All the lefty tree huggers I know are miserable that the republicans control the government. All they talk is doom and gloom and seem like they are ready to end it all. Sooooooo i figgured to make things easy for them.
    As an Alternate fuel source they would have to be rendered down to something an engine can burn. Since many of them are vegans they should be a good source of methanol.
    Of course we could not call these rendering plants what they are. Rendering plants or slaughter houses sound pretty barbaric.
    So i was thinking " Recycleing Center" would be a good name.
    They would turn themselves in in droves to "Help Mother Earth" with a clean fuel source. Thus helping Mother Earth and Mankind an a whole.
    The methanol they produce could not only be used as a clean fuel
    It can also be consumed as beverage.
    A Grennie and tonic may be the next trendy drink.
     
  13. dremu

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  14. jarheadk5

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    Same reason there haven't been any new nuclear power plants built in the US in a couple decades - the tree-huggers and the NIMBY crowd. (for those that don't know... NIMBY = Not In My BackYard) They're all real quick to say "You can't do that!" and find a judge that agrees, but they're pretty silent on alternatives.
     
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    we had a local Clark refinery shut down 10 yrs back or so.
    their reasoning was that it wasnt needed anymore.
     
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    Yup, we need more refineries to process the crude..

    However, the other reason gas prices are so much higher lately is our own damn fault.

    Our patronizing wal marts and buying goods made by third world countries has built up their economies to the point where now china and everybody else is competing for the same energy resources we are. As countries grow, so do their energy needs.

    Tom
     
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    I wish more people would understand this. I tell everyone I know that buying from wal-mart may save you a bit of money now, but you will spend twice as much later as you save today. I could rant about wallyword for hours. www.walmartwatch.com
     
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    Exxon and Mobils aren't to be built anymore as far as I know. If you can tell me what is built, go ahead and boycott them, but I bet most people don't know.
     

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