Monday, April 30, 2007

Please Don't Pump On May 15th

The cost of gasoline is very important to me. I have a limited amount of money right now (divorce, and all that comes with it) and I drive to Kansas just about every other weekend. It adds up!!! So when my dad forwarded the following e-mail to me it hit home.

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"

There is absolutely no reason for gas prices to be as high as they are right now, and changes can take place when people join together. Even if you drive a gas guzzling SUV without a care about gas prices, or don't believe it can work, think of this single mother paying for overpriced gasoline just so DB and I can spend Shabbos with the ones we love. So make sure that your gas tanks are filled on the 14th and don't pump gas on May 15th.


socialworker/frustrated mom said...

You got it I am with you all the way.

Nice Jewish Guy said...

Not to be a party pooper, but not buying gas on a certain given day will have absolutely no effect on gasoline prices. The flaw in this premise is that it differs from a boycott, which is a longer-term action where the consumer makes a sacrifice to do without a given commodity, signaling that unless changes are made they are willing to do without. Here, the consumer merely shifts purchasing gas to either an earlier or later date-- so the same amount of gas is sold either way.

Check out:

come running said...




i was thinking along those lines, and if people bought gas either before or after the 15th they would still be buying gas. BUT, if a tremendous amount of people didn't buy gas on a certain day wouldn't it influence the business for at least one day. did i just make sense?

Nice Jewish Guy said...

Only if it matters when the oil companies get their money.

Besides, the oil companies technically already made their money. Gas purchases on the 15th would only really directly affect the retailers, wouldn't it?

Did you read the page?

come running said...


OK, and I'm going to the snopes page now.


come running said...


What would really work is if anyone who had to get to work by a gas run vehicle or that uses a gas run vehicle for their would not go to work on one specific day. All the companies affected by the loss of their employees (including the govt.) would probably force the gas companies to lower prices immediately. They could do this by refusing to supply trucking or if the company has its own fleet than refuse to send parts and tools used to fix the fleet etc. The phone companies could stop service to the gas companies etc.....

Frum Satire said...

Why don't you people get off your asses and buy a bike or some hiking boots.

Or hook up a biodiesel conversion.

come running said...


I can't travel through Oz with DB on a bike. Most mothers can't make do without their cars.

And I do have a pair of hiking boots.