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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-05-2001, 01:40 AM
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The following was sent by an Economist within the Fuel Industry and another Economics professor at CAL Reiterated the same last week. I think its worth trying.

We heard today from a reliable source who is very savvy about the economy namely, Clark Howard, and he says that the gas prices are going to start going up again and will be high this summer - $2.00 and up. We need to do whatever we can and do it NOW!!! This makes more sense than the "don't by gas on a certain day" routine, that was going around last year. (Gasoline Prices)
Whoever started this has a good point. By now, you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.58 is cheap, me too, as it is now $1.68 and up for regular unleaded. 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 less than $1.50, we need to try an aggressive response. 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 don't buy it. But, as the gas companies know full well we are counting on, thats not really practical, option, since we all have come to rely on our cars. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together. Here's an idea: For the rest of this year, don't purchase gasoline from the biggest companies (which now are one), namely EXXON, MOBIL, AMOCO, etc...(the ones with the highest prices) You see, if they are not selling, they should be incline to reduce thier prices. And, because of thier size, and hence market share, if they reduce thier prices the other companies will too. (They would HAVE no choice!) Isn't that a "juicy" prospect? But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of users, but it's do-able! I am sending this note to 42 people. If each of you send it to at least 10 more ...and those 10 send it to at least 10 more and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth iteration, we will have reached over one million consumers. Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on, or one you compose, to at least 10 more email addresse's. PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO BELOW $1.28 - $1.29. And KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK!
If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!


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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-19-2001, 07:00 PM
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I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with ya here, and, far be it from me to rain on anyone's parade, but I am not falling for this "conspiracy conditioning" line I keep hearing. If you want prices on fuel to fall, stop using as much. If you recall, a few decades ago the national speed limit was 55 mph, partially because vehicles were more fuel efficient at that speed than at 65, or 75, or however fast people speed about on the nation's highways and biways. Yes, "Speed kills, but you get there faster" [and you waste more fuel].

Don't get me wrong, I'm not the slowest person on the roads either, but I am fully aware that I am contributing to the "realized fuel shortage." No, there's plenty of oil in the world for a while yet, though it'd be nice to see the advance of alternative fuels and an increase in efficiency in engines, but it's not being released in the quantities necessary to keep prices lower.

I shop where the prices for diesel are lowest (currently $1.39 at a local TradeMart)... It seems simple to me... if you don't want to pay Exxon's or Shell's prices...don't... But that's simple economics, and I don't need another junk email in my box to remind me of that, nor do I think the nation needs to waste their time and electrical energy forwarding thousands of junk emails that rank right up there with the hoaxes and the urban legends that no one seems to check out.

If you REALLY want to have an impact on reducing fuel prices... petition Congress to reduce the maximum speed limit, grant favorable tax status to those that create, buy, and use super fuel efficient vehicles, and goodness forbid... buy a bicycle (and use it) for those small convenience trips.

Take care all.

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