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Old 02-24-2004, 11:00 AM
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Speaking of fuel

This email has come my way a couple of times, and I thought this would be a good place to pass it on:

> Join the resistance!!!!
> I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer. Want
gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united
action. 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 $1.97 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 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
level further, you guessed it...THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
> Again, all You have to do is send this to 10 people. 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 I 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

So ya'll think this would work?
I hardly ever buy from Exxon or Modile anyway, cause there are oil fields and local gas stations in Illinois I'd rather support.

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Old 02-24-2004, 11:12 AM
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The question is how many of the local shops buy their gas from Exxon or Mobile. You may still be supporting the big 2 without knowing it. The local mom and pop has to buy gas from somewhere.
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Wow! Your gas is cheap!

Our prices are about $.70/liter. With a $.75 Canadian dollar that's $.52.5 US /liter. That converts to $2.39 US for an Imperial gallon, wich converts to $1.99 US for an American gallon. And you're complaining?

Seriously though, I hope it works for you. We have the big 4 here. Petrocan, Exxon, Sunoco, and Shell. Petrocan is owned by the Canadian gov't. ( they gobbled up Gulf, BP, Reliance, Supertest, Texaco, Citgo, and afew other small fries) and we know that they really don't care if they operate in the red.

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Old 02-24-2004, 01:07 PM
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I'm in southern california and just paid $2.21 a gallon(unleaded) at a little piece of crap gas station.
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There's a Shell refinery here and from what I've been told, most of the ma & pa stations around here get it from them. But there again, does Shell buy crude from the United Arab Emirates (OPEC)? I don't know. I've also been told that Citgo stations buy from Shell.
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:12 PM
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"Nah man, there's no way around it. The only thing that would work is to walk right up to the board of directors in the middle of a meeting, pull out an AK and just start pumping round after round, mowing 'em down like a bunch of . . . . . . . "


'Thank you pump 4.'

Sorry, I was daydreaming while pumping gas. Off to school.

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