Thursday, May 03, 2007

Don't pump gas on May 15th?

Got this in an e-mail (twice) today :
NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
Don't pump gas on may 15th ; In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.On May 15th 2007, all internet users are asked not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companys pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldnt) resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th"

On the surface, this looks like a great idea. But I thought about it and came to the realization that it is the typical American response. Choking on the crap in the air all winter is irrelevant. Global warming is too. And who gives a crap about the political problems caused by dependance on foreign oil. Nope, but we get really pissed off when gas gets up past $3 a gallon (Europe has been paying over $6 a gallon for years). And then, are we going to do something real about it? Are we going to give up our big-block V8 SUV's? Are we going to transfer our work closer to home so we have a shorter commute (or move closer to our jobs)? Car pool? Take the bus? Hell no, but we will put off filling up the car - for 1 day! That'll show them. Question : of the $3 BILLION dollars we take out of the oil companies pockets, how much will we really be giving them the day before in anticipation of this protest? How much will simply be postponed until the 16th? Doing it in '97 was obviously only temporary, what do we really expect to accomplish?


Here's a better idea - on the 15th of May flip off anyone driving a big SUV, Crown Vic, Corvette or any other gas-sucking hog, with no one else in the vehicle with them.

1 comment:

A Paperback Writer said...

Yeah, I got that e-mail, too, and I had similar thoughts.
Well put, m'dear.