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In a message dated 02/27/2001 8:49:09 PM Eastern Standard Time,

<< Subj: Boycott Exxon / Mobil - Fight the Gasoline Gouge

This makes more sense than the don't buy gas on a certain day routine that was going around in April or May. Whoever started this has a good point.

By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.49 is cheap as it is now $1.58 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 less than $1.50, we need to try an aggressive response.

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 don't buy it. But, that's not really a practical option since we all have come to rely on our cars. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together.

Here's the idea -

For the rest of this year, don't purchase gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling, they should be inclined to reduce their prices - and if they reduce their prices the other companies will too. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of users. It's doable!

I am sending this note to 42 people. If each of you send it to at least 10 more ...and those 10 send it to at least 10 more ... and so on by the time the message reaches the sixth iteration we will have reached over one million consumers. Acting together we can make a difference.

If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on, or one you compose, to at least 10 more E-mail addresses.
Hope Podway
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-- (, March 09, 2001


This is fine, but...

I have a brother-in-law who owns and runs two Exxon stations in upstate NY. I can tell you that he makes a living not from the gas sales, but from the stuff sold in the "minimart" store inside. On gasoline he makes pennies per gallon if he's lucky. He gets grief from customers about the price of gas, but he himself is not exactly floating in money. He's a hard working guy, he employs local kids to run the store as well as taking shifts himself--and he gets called out of bed every other night to solve the little crises that afflict any small business, much less one running 24 hours a day and handling volatile flammable chemicals (the gasoline). Meanwhile, the real money flows much higher up the chain.

So...keep in mind the small retail station owner. If you choose to participate in this boycott, why not make a point of going to you local Exxon and Mobil gas station once a week and buying a sandwich, a soda, a candy bar, or even a newspaper while NOT buying any gasoline? You'll help them keep in business while "stickin' it to the big oil companies".

-- Andre Weltman (, March 09, 2001.

I wish it was that easy,but the problem is more complex than. Oil production peaked in the US in the seventies and its now starting to peak around the rest of the world in other words we are running out of oil along with natural gas,at the same time demand is increasing. Prices will get much higher before its over,count on it. It might make more sense to start learning to live with less gas than wasting time picketing.


-- Edward C Elliott (, March 09, 2001.

Good point Andre!
and I will do just that!

-- (, March 09, 2001.

<< It might make more sense to start learning to live with less gas than wasting time picketing. >>

Of course you are right, I trust the lack of enthusiam in my first post was apparent.


-- Andre Weltman (, March 09, 2001.

My 1.49 cents. I think the original idea is a much more effective one than are the one-day boycotts. If enough people did it, it would certainly drive the message home.

However, there's only so much "learning to live with less gas" that we can do. Once you've developed car pooling and hauled out the bicycles (when and where climate allows), once you've learned to consolidate and to make fewer shopping trips, once you realize you don't need to go out as often as you do, what then? The amount of fuel consumers use is but a fraction of what business does, and it would seem that their choices for conservation are even more limited.

I think we should be focussing our efforts on alternate fuel.

-- Rachel Gibson (, March 09, 2001.

Let's not forget that a big portion of the gas price is Federal and State taxes. In California I believe we pay something around 45 cents per gallon. Back when the price of the gasoline itself was under a dollar, we were paying substantially more.

-- Gasman (Gas@for.less), March 10, 2001.

I will offer a bit of knowledge. There is not a human solution to what is occurring because of Who is behind the events. At certain points in human history God determined the "human condition," had run its course. Then judgment was brought to bear and that judgment was terrible to behold. The why and how of God's action is contained in the Bible for the astute or the most childlike. Don't take my word for it but seek for your self. I am only a hungry begger who know where the bread is, and so I point you in that direction. Therefore, if you have not resolved who Jesus Christ is; a liar, a lunatic or the Lord of the Universe, I recommend that you do so.

-- Phil Maley (, March 10, 2001.

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