Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Rant #2

Let me quote an e-mail/myspace bulletin that I have been seeing:

NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
Body: Don't pump gas on may 15th
Body: 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 to 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"

Now let me quote my response the first time I read this (this year):

I love love love the person from whom I received this bulletin.

BUT, I have to let you all know that there is some false information in this. The supposed "gas out" did NOT result in gas prices 30 cents lower over night. It was a valiant attempt, but too many people are dependent on their cars, and so they either ignored the boycott altogether or gassed up the day before, which does nothing for the protest of rising gas prices.

Honestly, folks, the only way to deal with this is to ride your bike or use public transportation as much as possible, or buy a hybrid, or convert your diesel into biodiesel.

Also, it's very important to realize that it's not the Middle East that is causing high gas's the greediness of big oil American CEOs and the American public's dependence on petroleum products.

By all means, though, don't buy gas on May 15; just try to take it another step further!

Peace out home chickens,

I find it irritating and irresponsible that people actually think that a one-day weekend warrior protest of high gas prices is going to make a difference.


We keep giving them money day in and day fucking day is NOT going to make a difference in their million dollar paychecks.

As far as the assumption about the middle east banking off of oil prices, here's the proof in the puddin'

Did anyone happen to notice that during elections in November that gas priced went down? That was the good ol' GOP begging for your vote. Notice that gas prices went back up not long after the election?

Ok, enough ranting for one day...gotta clean my house!


Niki said...

Rant on Aimee!!! That one drives me bonkers too.

addie said...

Same here! I get something like that every couple months in my inbox, and it always sets my teeth on edge. I hate to see otherwise well-meaning people wasting their efforts on some mamby-pamby useless "protest" that does nothing... and then they feel all warm & fuzzy like they just chained themselves to an oil tanker. Sheesh. Really making a change takes HARD WORK, not just forwarding an e-mail...

Aimee said...

Hard work, and often, sacrifice.