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March 10th Gas Boycott

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  1. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:36 AM
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    I don't know if any of you are aware of the gas boycott set for tomorrow, so I thought I'd post a thread about it. I don't know if it's really going to happen, but supposedly on facebook there are more than 45,000 people throughout the country who are planning to boycott gas stations tomorrow. I figured it couldn't hurt to pass the word along through tacoma world, because it would be a great way to send a message to the oil companies. Just passing along the info I received, so we'll see what happens.
     
  2. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:38 AM
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    This is stupid. All this does is make people stock up the night before, or delay their fillup for another day.

    A real "message" would be to go a whole day without driving. that would decrease usage of gas, not just purchasing it.
     
  3. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:39 AM
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    Everyone needs gas. 45,000 people sounds like chump change to oil companies. I filled up yesterday so i guess i'm in by default, like he said ^.
     
  4. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:40 AM
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    That's true. But even if people fill up the night before or the day after, at least the oil companies would take a hit for one day. At least it's a start in trying to send a message to them. Just passing along the info I received. It can't hurt to try.
     
  5. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:41 AM
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  6. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:50 AM
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    Your not hurting the oil companies. They have already sold the oil that made the gas. If they happen to refine their own oil into gasoline, the "quickie mart" your not buying your gas at has already paid said oil company for the gasoline in their tanks. So, it accomplishes zero other than not supporting your local small business owner at the gas station.

    Big oil has zero to do with gas prices or oil prices. Speculators and the middle east have it all in their hands. There's no reason oil or gas should be this high right now. The Libya situation has not changed the supply enough yet to actually effect the price but speculators think it will be effected in a month or two. It's simple supply and demand with Inflation thrown in.

    I'm not happy about it either. I fill my truck with diesel everyday to the tune of 80 bucks now at 3.70 a gal. So it hurts us too.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:52 AM
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    You think 45,000 people is really going to hurt them. Lol. Maybe 4.5 million on the other hand
     
  8. Mar 9, 2011 at 5:53 AM
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    Every time the gas prices shoot up, there is a 'boycott gas' day. As mentioned above, the gas will be bought one way or the other, so the perceived hit to the gas companies is just an illusion.
    I do agree that cutting back on your driving or driving more fuel efficient vehicles are the only way to really stick it to the gas companies, but you also have to balance your desire to save gas with you personal freedom and enjoyment.

    My method of dealing with gas prices is to ask myself, is this really as bad as everyone is making it out to be? Am I going to be homeless if I spend an extra $30 to fill up every 2 weeks (also known as $15/week or $2.14/day)? Yes, I would rather spend put that $30 towards a nice meal out or something else I enjoy, but is a measly $30 really going to impact my life style in the long run? No, not really, so what ever. I have bigger things to worry about in my life than a few extra bucks here and there.
    We can't change the price of gas, but we can change the way we mentally react to it. They are already beating up our wallets, so why let them make us mentally beat ourselves up as well? Get out there and enjoy your life, because it will go on despite higher gas prices.
    Just a bit of positive thinking as an alternative to mass hysteria/gloom and doom. :)
     
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    A real boycott would be to NEVER, EVER fill your truck with exxon gas and avoid as much as possible the other biggies... chevron, BP, connoco. If the oil companies at the top of the pyramid took a hit, they would be forced to drop prices to try and out compete the little guys. If we could get that message tweeted round the globe, we might have a chance at controlling the price of oil through consumerism.

    Look for the big green dinosaur and hit up Sinclair whenever you see it.
     
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    Even if it does, by some crazy magical instance, happen and everybody doesnt go to the gas station, they will just sit back and have a nice cup of coffee until march 11, when everyone returns to the gas pump at once. But please, tell everyone in the Northern VA area to stay off the roads so i can get my errands done without any traffic
     
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    This is all OBAMA's Fault. He probably Drives a Raptor! Bull Bars are the greatest!! Street Racing is my favorite past time! Breaking the law!!!
     
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    As the others said, it won't hurt the oil companies.
    Writing your constituents non stop & watching how they vote on key issues are more effective than a facebook campaign. No offense.
    I do write to my senators & representatives & vote.
    As far as tomorrow, we're snowmobiling so ya gotta have petro...
     
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    Big oil has ZERO to do with oil prices. It is traded as a commodity on the stock market. There is a chance that the flow of oil will be interrupted therefore driving the price up. It's not some capitalist pig conspiracy to get more of your money. The Gov,t and EPA only allow the refineries in the USA to operate at about 65% capacity. Then about 30 to 50 cents of every gallon go to Uncle Sam. If the gov't would allow the building of new refineries oil could be $200 a barrel and you wouldn't care less because gas would be $2.
     
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    Everyone remember what happened a couple years ago when it shot up to about $4.25/gal? It reached a tipping point and people with big, clunky SUVs couldn't afford to drive them, so they traded them in for priuses, civics, accords, camrys, etc. Hell, there was even a market for people fixing up Geo metros.

    Demand went down and what happened to the price? Went back down to $2.50.

    Curtailing your usage is the only way to drive down the price and "Stick it" to the oil companies.
     
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    What he said.

    I take public transit right now. I drive 8 miles to the train station and 8 miles home. If I have to drive to work it is 52 miles round trip. When I did drive in I would fill up every 4 days. Now I'm filling the truck up every other week. Luckily my employer provides me with a transit pass so I'm only out the cost of gas to the train station. However, the train ride is only $3.50 so even if I had to pay it would still be cheaper than driving every day.
     
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    I took public transit when my job location allowed it. In my present employment it would be 90 minutes each direction and just not feasible if I am to have any kind of life. But I really loved taking transit, it was awesome. It reduced my stress, my mileage & gas & insurance costs... too many pro's to list here.

    If everyone could pay attention to their driving style and simply *slow down*, we would save fuel and save money and reduce stress and feel better and send a message to the oil industry all with the same stroke. Yes it will take us all a few more minutes to get where we are going, but considering the benefits, it really is a no-brainer. Plan ahead and allow travel time -- what an amazing concept. It's not like people don't know they have to be at the same place same time every day (or every week).

    Where's the fire?
     
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    That wouldn't work either. Most gas companies get their gas from one refinery. Then they add their additives. The only thing that would happen is demand on the other stations would increase resulting in them raising their price. Exxon stations would then become more attractive.

    And as has already been stated, you're only hurting your local gas station owner. Exxon has already made their money when they sold it to the refinery. The only way to truely affect gas prices is for everyone to use less.
     
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