No Gas on May 15, 2007

No Gas on May 15, 2007

I’m usually not a fan of receiving forwarded emails, even less of being someone to forward them on to other unsuspecting victims. Somehow, I’ve managed to get through my life so far without any horrible bad luck or anyone dying or any of the other bad omens promised by chain emails. Nevertheless, every once in a while there comes a chain email that is almost worth heeding in spite of the annoying medium through which it is transmitted. However, I still don’t like to send out mass emails. Yet, for some reason blogging it doesn’t seem to bother me quite as much.

This is why.

I came to a realization yesterday. Gas is expensive. It cost $30 to fill up my little Honda Accord. Being busy with school and all I haven’t filled the car up for about a month now. Gas prices have gone up about $0.70/gallon since then. It’s a pretty well known fact that petroleum companies are some of the most evil organizations on earth. There’s no need to prove that to anyone. Anyway, upon arriving home after the extortion I went through at the gas pump I found the following email:

NO GAS…On May 15th 2007

On 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 companies 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

wouldn’t) resend this to all your contact list. With

it saying, “Don’t pump gas on May 15th”

Except I have a better idea.  Why not go for the whole week?  Someone needs to see that the demand for gas is not as inelastic as they think.  Walk to work, take the bus, ride a bike.  The weather is beautiful.  Not only will you get a breath of fresh air, but you might meet some people you wouldn’t have along the way.  That and you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’re sticking it to the man.

2 thoughts on “No Gas on May 15, 2007

  1. Way to go! throw the economic argument in there. Everyone ends up using the same amount of gas over the course of that week — prices probably just went up either the day before or the day after, when people actually fueled up. You have do really decrease your fuel consumption or it doesn’t make any difference.

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