I'm Buying Gasoline Today...

@ParaTed2k (22977)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
May 14, 2007 7:17am CST
There's been a lot of calls for boycotting gas stations today. I guess some people think that the oil companies somehow care what day of the week we buy our gas. A one day "boycott" is rediculous and means absolutely nothing. I'm buying gas today, how about you? ;~D
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@Destiny007 (5819)
• United States
14 May 07
Boycotting gas is really going to show those heartless gas station owners who are trying to run a business...NOT! If you own anything that requires oil based fuel to run, then either you give up the vehicle or you buy fuel for it. So what statement does anyone really think that they are making by a boycott? You are going to buy the gas eventually, and the oil companies don't really care if you don't buy fuel today or even this week. The only way to make a statement is by not ever buying gas. So...how are you going to get to work, go shopping, see the doctor, or any of those many other things that we use our cars for? Until we can find an alternative fuel that eliminates the need for oil and gas...we are pretty much stuck with buying gas. Will I be buying gas today?...No, but only because I can no longer drive and have no vehicle, therefore I have no need of gas...
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
I think we should all run our cars on "good intentions", that seems to get a lot of mileage out of mindless protesters. ;~D
• Grand Junction, Colorado
15 May 07
Destiny007, it's not the gas station owners that are getting rich by running a gas station, I just wanted to make that clarification. I did a discussion about 2 weeks ago that explains how a gas station owner is able to stay in business if you would like to go check it out. The oil companies are the ones that are getting rich off of us. The discussion is titled "Boycotting gas stations May 15, 2007 WON'T affect THE OIL COMPANIES in the least" You do make very valid points that we must change our habits for prices to come down. Which means using public transportation and carpooling more. To many of us just drive when we could so easily walk, catch a ride with a neighbor, or use public transportation. Why? For most it's just out of laziness and convenience. As always my 2 cents worth! :)
@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
Beaniefactor... you have it to a tee. You can do anything to Americans (and western culture in general), but you have crossed the line when you threaten our Comfort and Conveniences.
• United States
14 May 07
Actually I think that is suppose to happen tomorrow. I don't really think it will work myself, but I have been proven wrong before, and stranger things have happened. Plus I don't drive that often, and my car is not a gas guzzler, so it's maybe once every two weeks I need to fill up.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
Yup, you skipping a day (or even a week or two) would really show them oil dudes a thing or two! ;~D
• United States
14 May 07
Well the silly piece of chain mail actually says the 15th not the 14th. But any way you slice it, it's still rather dumb. If people would actually put some thought into this instead of forwarding everything that comes through their in boxes they would realize that the gas companies don't give a darn whether they tank up on the night before the boycott or the day after. They still get their money either way.
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@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
You're right! For some reason the news coverage said it was today. Leave it to the press to blow another story.
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
14 May 07
I had to fill up yesterday, so no reason to get gas today or tomorrow or for several days actually. I don't think a one day boycott will accomplish anything in the long run. I think an overall decrease in gas purchases day after day, week after week, month after month is what will make the difference.
@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
Yup, the only real "boycott" is to use less gasoline this year than we did last year.
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
14 May 07
I'll be filling up today too. Although it's a good idea in theory, a boycott will have no impact on the oil refineries profits. Just another urban myth to make people feel like they are actually doing something to help.
@ParaTed2k (22977)
• Sheboygan, Wisconsin
15 May 07
True... I live by a basic rule of thumb... if I hear about it in a "Fwd" Email, it probably isn't true... course I have the same basic rule for news from the press too. ;~D