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War On Gas

This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It's worthy of our consideration.

Join the resistance! I hear we are going to hit close to $1.50 a litre by summer and it might possibly go higher! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea.

This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around earlier! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.

Please read on and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $.79/litre is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $1.10 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre of gas is CHEAP at $.79 - $.99, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace . . . . not sellers. 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 hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop
buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.

Here's the idea

Starting June 1 of 2007 DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the biggest Company in Canada . Petro Canada ! If they are not selling any gas, they will be very quickly inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. Think about this. Petro Canada has 1500 retail locations and the entire country consumes 68 million gallons a day. Yes per day. And Petro Canada is Canada 's largest gasoline retailer, then doesn't it make sense that the consumer can bring this giant to its knees and force them to lower their prices.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Petro Canada gas buyers. It's really simple to do! Now, don't wimp out at this point . . . keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people.

I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us sends it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) . . . and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) . . . and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million pass it on to ten friends each, then 30 million people!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (If you don't understand how we can reach 30 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people . . . . How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 30 MILLION people could conceivably see this within the next 8 days!!!

Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from Petro Canada UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO A REASONABLE PRICE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.

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:rolleyes: It's amazing how many people think something like this is actually a good idea. :doubt:
It IS a good idea it just requires some serious organization.
Of course down here in America it would be like herding cats. :lol:
I ride my motorcycle to work. 40mpg, save hundreds per month, and it's fun. Many small cars get 30mpg. I think a better idea would be bicycle, motorcycle, car pooling, mass transportation, etc. Cut demand and prices will drop. I do believe the major refiners can easily sell their gas to other distributors so this idea won't work. What I find interesting is how E85 goes up the same rate as gasoline and it's only 15% petroleum.
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They do a much better job than I can of explaining why this won't work...

This year's litany of complaints about gasoline prices is a
re-run of the same program from years past: Gasoline prices in the USA are
too high; gasoline is a unique commodity whose price isn't subject to the
usual market forces of supply and demand; OPEC and greedy American oil
companies secretly manipulate the market to keep prices artificially high;
and a simple boycott of a couple of brands of gasoline will rectify all

Oil companies can manipulate their prices somewhat by controlling how much
gasoline they produce and where they sell it, but they can't alter the
basics of supply and demand: prices go down when people buy less of a
good, prices go up when people buy more of a good, and prices go way up
when demand outstrips available supply. The "gas out" schemes that propose
to alter the demand side of the equation by shunning one or two specific
brands of gasoline for a while won't work, however, because they're based
on the misconception that an oil company's only outlet for gasoline is its
own branded service stations. That isn't the case: gasoline is a fungible
commodity, so if one oil company's product isn't being bought up in one
particular market or outlet, it will simply sell its output to (or
through) other outlets:

Economics Prof. Pat Welch of St. Louis University says any boycott of "bad
guy" gasoline in favor of "good guy" brands would have some unintended
(and unhappy) results.

. . . Welch says the law of supply and demand is set in stone. "To meet
the sudden demand," he says, "the good guys would have to buy gasoline
wholesale from the bad guys, who are suddenly stuck with unwanted

So motorists would end up . . . paying more for it, because they'd be
buying it at fewer stations.

And yes, oil companies do buy and sell from one another. Mike Right of AAA
Missouri says, "If a company has a station that can be served more
economically by a competitor's refinery, they'll do it."

Right adds, "In some cases, gasoline retailers have no refinery at all.
Some convenience-store chains sell a lot of gasoline — and buy it all from
somebody else's refinery."

A boycott of a couple of brands of gasoline won't result in lower overall
prices. Prices at all the non-boycotted outlets would rise due to the
temporarily limited supply and increased demand, making the original
prices look cheap by comparison. The shunned outlets could then make a
killing by offering gasoline at its "normal" (i.e., pre-boycott) price or
by selling off their output to the non-boycotted companies, who will need
the extra supply to meet demand. The only person who really gets hurt in
this proposed scheme is the service station operator, who has almost no
control over the price of gasoline.

The only practical way of reducing gasoline prices is through the
straightforward means of buying less gasoline, not through a simple and
painless scheme of just shifting where we buy it. The inconvenience of
driving less is a hardship too many people apparently aren't willing to
endure, however.
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I received an email last year similar to this here in town re station boycotting and it did not appear to do much. Some of the grocery chains will take off 5 cents a litre if you buy gas then go shop in the store ... gotta buy food anyway so why not save 5 cents on your gas at the same time. $1.10 is better than the $1.22.9 per litre here in Central BC and we have a refinery too ... appears the excuses for high costs are lack of refinery capacity in the US, fighting in Nigeria, a storm next week in the Persian Gulf, threat of another storm in the Southern US ... plus our gov't depends on the taxes on gas and won't be reducing those anytime soon ... :doubt:
Let me know when gas (petrol) gets as expensive as here and I will join in on this thread.........
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