Strategy for fighting high gas prices

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  1. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

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    I saw this on the net and thought I would share it.

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    It sounds good to me. I don't know if this will work or not but I'm going to do it.
    Join the resistance!!!!
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    > We are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer. Do you want
    > gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united
    > action.
    >
    > Here's the 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. It is currently $1.97 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 $1.50-$1.75, we need to take
    > aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the
    > marketplace....not the 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 biggest
    > companies (which now are one), SHELL, EXXON and MOBIL. They are the
    > biggest purchasers of Saudi Arabia Oil. 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 Shell, Exxon
    > and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now, 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.
    >
    > 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 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.
    >
    > I thought it's worth a try, so why not!
     
  2. KerryK

    KerryK Stunt Coordinator

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    Here's how I fight high gas prices & emissions: a bike, bus tokens and a downtown apartment. It's a good way to live...until you get asthma from the pollution. [​IMG]
     
  3. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

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    That's also a part of my strategy. However, for some things you have to use a car. Try taking your date to the drive in on a bike. [​IMG]
     
  4. BrianB

    BrianB Producer

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    There's already been a long thread disproving this email...
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

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    I live 3 miles from work, do all my shopping and errands on the way home from work. Averaging 4k miles a year on my car, which is an 01 Nissan Sentra SE which gets great mileage. I only need to fill the 12 gallon tank about every 3 weeks.
     
  6. KerryK

    KerryK Stunt Coordinator

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    LOL, Reginald! Reminds me, I used to date this guy that always wanted to go for a DRIVE. Made me crazy. Why just drive around aimlessly? Well, he was a suburb dweller and I'm a downtown girl; it was never meant to be!
     
  7. joe rizzuto

    joe rizzuto Stunt Coordinator

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    are there still drive in movies?
    where???
     
  8. Reginald Trent

    Reginald Trent Screenwriter

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    Yeah and now they have DTS surround sound. [​IMG]

    BTW KerryK, seems like your friend should have gotten his driving bug out of his systen during the drive from the suburbs to your place downtown. [​IMG]
     
  9. MikeAlletto

    MikeAlletto Cinematographer

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    The only thing worse than spam is spam thats spread through message boards. If you get any email that has anywhere in it something like:

     
  10. Chris Knox

    Chris Knox Stunt Coordinator

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    You know, I am so lazy that I would rather just pay higher gas prices than have to dip into my address book for ten people to send this to.

    Besides, If I don't buy my gas from these big three then I am more than likely going to go to a conv. store and get trash gas and that's going to wreak havoc on my car. I have already wasted enough energy just responding.

    ..I'm going back to bed...
     
  11. Will Pomeroy

    Will Pomeroy Stunt Coordinator

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  12. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

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    I dunno, this sounds an awful lot like someone that works for a smaller gasoline station owner that wants to improve their revenue.

    The more companies we put out of business, the closer it gets to a monopoly for the last existing company. I believe that the larger companies might even help reduce costs of gas because of their mass production and established experience.

    Why not work a little harder to save the money to compensate for the increased gas price. Either that, do what I do and that is carpooling with beautiful women to save the environment. hehe jk

    I just don't think this is a wise solution to the problem of rising gas prices.
     
  13. Josh Lowe

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  14. LewB

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    Does anyone know where the 'no name' gas comes from ? I always assumed it was purchased as 'odd lots' from the major gas companies. I'm sure that each quickie mart doesn't have it's own refinery. I always figured that I was buying Exxon one week and Mobil the next depending on who they got their delivery from.
    As for sticking it to the big oil companies, I say why not if that floats your boat. Ever find it curious how their profits seem to go up in step with the price of crude oil ? They seem to prosper when the rest of the economy tanks due to high energy prices.
     

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