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polisci
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No Gas on May 15th

This is an e-mail chain that I have seen going around. I normally just discard any chain e-mail but when it cost me $45 to fill the 14 gallon tank in my car, I had second thoughts!!!!

NO GAS...On May 15th 2007

Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

In 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'.

DalekMagi
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Let's see how long it is before people start posting, snivelling about the "poor gas station owners" and how this won't do any good. Honestly, I don't believe it will do much, but it's the thought that counts.

Mark T. Cenci
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Why?

So we can pump all the more on the 16th?

I don't see the point.

polisci
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Sometimes just making the statement feels good. Hey, who knows, if enough people do it maybe someone will get the point. Trust me, I doubt it too.

Mark T. Cenci
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Reducing consumption will send a better message than not pumping on one day.

polisci
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Why go after the cause when the effect is more fun!!??

eagleisland
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Please. This same stupid idea floats up right about this time every year. Do a search on AMG - or Snopes for that matter - and you'll see why this idea is completely idiotic.

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It just so happens to fall in the middle of Commute Another Way Week and Tuesday is TRANSIT TUESDAY, May 15: Most fixed-route local bus services will be providing FREE rides all day. Just hop on and ride! The Amtrak Downeaster will have special ride deals, as will the Casco Bay Ferries.

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Michelle Anderson
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[quote="eagleisland"]Please. This same stupid idea floats up right about this time every year. Do a search on AMG - or Snopes for that matter - and you'll see why this idea is completely idiotic.[/quote]

If it makes people feel less frustrated, why would you call it idiotic?

I will do it...again. Who cares what the outcome is? I sometimes make statements to people I know full well could not care less. If you don't believe me, ask our town council. :)

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Bless you, Michelle. I know exactly what you mean. I know Mark is right, but for some reason, doing the little things helps at times. That's why I recycle plastic, glass, tin and newspapers. Don't laugh. I am glad to do that rather than send more bags to the pile in Hampden. AND, I find that my best gas mileage is about 68 so with my cc set on the interstate I have nearly everyone passing me, [color=green]including the new state Toyota hybrid (doing around 85!). [/color] :roll:

charlie neville
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It's only idiotic...

...if you expect it to have along term effect. It won't.

charlie

Michelle Anderson
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If people made statements only when they believed such statements would result in long-term effects, Augusta would be a quiet place indeed.

Country
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I only fill up once every two weeks (about ten gallons) so I guess I can skip the 15th for a fill-up. Just don't blame the filling station owners for the high prices. They have nothing to do with it.

Country
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[quote]I find that my best gas mileage is about 68...[/quote]

Really? Better than 55 or 60?

polisci
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It is definitely not the store that is selling you the gas that is setting the prices!!!! They take their orders from corporate or, if they are independent, buying it at a price that they have no control over. Mark T. is completely right in his summation. However, sometimes small things can still have an impact. Of course everyone is going to fill up the next day or the day before. But if the e-mail is even close to correct and everyone does this on the same day, someone will notice!!

BlueJay
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Yes, Country. I play around with it because I'm tired of shelling out a $50. bill everytime I gas up. Sometimes the wind, as yesterday, will play a roll and on a hot summer day I've done well at 70+, but this spring it's been right around 68-70. Because I'm on dirt roads alot throughout the year I have a 4-wheel drive vehicle with fairly large tires, so I want to keep road costs down. 24+ miles per gallon is what I'm trying to stay at. Back when I drove a Saab I was only getting 27-28 mph.
That little state Toyota hybrid that passed me just zippin' along at 85 must be doin' real good. Yessuh'. :wink:

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This idiotic idea makes the rounds every time
a gallon of gasoline goes up a dime!!

And the [i]biggest whiners[/i] seem to be filling [b][u]Suburbans[/u]![/b]

[color=red][i][b]"Boycott ExxonMobil... gas will drop to $1.15..."[/b][/i][/color]

[color=blue][i][b]"Don't buy gas on Tuesdays... Shell will go out of business!"[/b][/i][/color]

Yeah, right!

If you morons REALLY feel the need to [i][color=green]Get Back[/color] [/i]and take out your
[color=orange][i]Revenge[/i] [/color]and[color=indigo] [i]Anger[/i] [/color]on [size=18][b]BIG OIL...[/b][/size]

Ride a bike!

Heat with wood!

Walk!!

OK???

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[quote="polisci"]It is definitely not the store that is selling you the gas that is setting the prices!!!! They take their orders from corporate or, if they are independent, buying it at a price that they have no control over. Mark T. is completely right in his summation. However, sometimes small things can still have an impact. Of course everyone is going to fill up the next day or the day before. But if the e-mail is even close to correct and everyone does this on the same day, someone will notice!![/quote]

polisci, that's adorable.

1) The e-mail is not even close to correct.

2) The oil companies will not notice. They sold the gas to the distributors last week. The distributors sold the gas to the gas station four days ago. As for the local gas station, people will buy gas on the 15th if they need it. If they MUST make a statement and drive home on fumes, they'll show up on the 16th.

Oil prices are where they're at because of worldwide demand, instability in much of the oil-producing markets, and, as Country posted a few days ago, the fact that there are a number of refineries that are having technical problems right now.

Understand this, folks: state and federal governments are making way more per gallon than the oil companies are. You wanna protest energy costs? I'm with you. Tell your local rep or senator to cut taxes on energy.

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[quote="Michelle Anderson"]If it makes people feel less frustrated, why would you call it idiotic?

I will do it...again. Who cares what the outcome is? I sometimes make statements to people I know full well could not care less. If you don't believe me, ask our town council. :)[/quote]

And what statement is this making?

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Sorry - this is sheer idiocy. Just waiting to fill your tank until the 16th but driving just as much on the 15th will have no impact on demand for gas or on gas prices. If you really want to reduce gas prices - stop using so much of the dang stuff!

Dan Billings
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If you really want to do something, get a vehicle that gets better gas mileage and drive less.

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Did it?

"In April 1997, there was a 'gas out' conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. "

My memory isn't too good, but I don't remember a 30 cent drop in '97. I admit that in '97 my commute was about 1 mile so I could have missed it.

Roger S
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Angler's memory is good enough. There was no such price drop in April '97.

[url=http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/pet/hist/mg_tt_usw.htm]Weekly retail gas price report[/url]

It's a commentary on the general stupidity of the American people that meaningless empty gestures are preferred to actually modifying one's energy use.

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The gas retailers in Calais purposely keep the price up an extra 20 cents. Irving wants to milk extra dough out of the Canadian customers, so they price their gas well above average, and the other stations say they're afraid of Irving starting a price war and putting them out of business. Gas stations are raping the people in the Calais Area. Go to hell, Irving!

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I'm waiting for the chain email that tells millions of us to do without driving for three straight months.
Only an action as big as that will have the kind of effect promised in this silly email.

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Wanna know why gas prices are high? [url=http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID... can, in large part, thank your congresscritters.[/url]

Ignore the Reuter-esque hyperbole in the opening graf and find the goods:

[quote]This year, companies struggling to retool refineries to meet new environmental standards, have faced longer, more extensive maintenance and serious outages, draining gasoline inventories ahead of peak summer demand.[/quote]

and

[quote]New lower sulfur fuel specifications have forced refiners to increase the complexity of their equipment, making them more prone to outages. [/quote]

And bear in mind that Reuters rarely misses an opportunity to bash the Bush administration.

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I recently posted this as a MySpace Bulletin:

Date: Apr 30, 2007 8:00 AM
Subject Not buying gas on May 15th isn't going to affect a THING!
Body: People, people, people.....

I keep getting these emails and bulletins telling me not to buy gas on May 15th, as if that's going to do a dang THING at all.

Unless you plan on not using any fossil fuels at all on May 15th (no driving, no electricity, no heat (if you need it), no A/C, no NOTHING) then not buying gas isn't going to change anything at all.

You're just going to need to stock up on gas either on May 14th, or buy it on May 16th.

All it's going to do is make those people who pump gas really bored.

If you REALLY want to affect change; use more energy efficient vehicles, TURN OFF THE LIGHTS, keep the heat down, don't take off too fast when your car is stopped, keep your car tuned up, keep your tires properly inflated, upgrade your windows if they need upgrading, etc.

Again, not buying gas on one specific day is just some little thing that's going to accomplish SQUAT. If it makes you feel empowered, well, whatever. Sorry for raining on your parade. :p That's all it's doing, though.

:D

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I am determined not to buy any gas today. Good enough?

Andrew Ian Dodge
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What a daft idea. I will make sure to get gas on 15th of May in solidarity was gas station owners. (Well, ok, I won't go to Citgo because of Chavez...)

And high gas prices? Yeah right, have you ever looked how much it costs in other parts of the West like the UK?

Well said Eagleisland. I wonder why these dolts behind the email didn't bother to include how much of the cost is tax? Oh yeah, because its another anti-capitalist campaign that is why.

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[quote="DalekMagi"]The gas retailers in Calais purposely keep the price up an extra 20 cents. Irving wants to milk extra dough out of the Canadian customers, so they price their gas well above average, and the other stations say they're afraid of Irving starting a price war and putting them out of business. Gas stations are raping the people in the Calais Area. Go to hell, Irving![/quote]

This is actually a classic example of supply and demand at work. Because of its proximity to Canada, Calais would be flooded with demad for gas from Canadians if thier prices were the same as those in Bangor or even Machias. As a result the higher prices are nessecary to keep enough supply for local customers. It stinks if you live in Calais, but it isn't an evil conspiracy by greedy gas merchants. It is the pricing mechanism of the market at work to keep supply in equilibriam with demand.

I understand that most people in the world have never taken an introductory course in economics, but this is what is taught in the first week of Economics 101. Gas prices are high because too few Americans have reduced their use of gasoline while supply has been curtailed by fewer refineries, complex gasoline formulations required to reduce polution and higher demand for oil in other parts of the world like China, India and Eastern Europe.

The solutions to this problem are to:

- Encourage the building of new refineries
- Develop new oil resources
- Develop alternative fuels
- Drive less and/or conserve

One of the benefits of a higher gas price is that it creates an incentive for all of the above. In the mean time we all have to learn to adapt. Taking out our anger on gas station owners and oil companies is both fruitless and counterproductive.

(We could also hope for a recession in China - but I would not hold my breath waiting for one.)

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....I have really done my part; I can look at my debit card statements and see that on at least 67 days so far this year, I have not purchased gas. I showed them.

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