What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Some people are so gullible!
The latest email circulating the tubes of the internet is the “Don’t Pump Gas on May 15” email. It goes something like this:
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 let’s try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.
At the time of writing this post, the Facebook group created for this event had over 68,000 (gullible) members.
Why the popularity for such a load of bologna?
The snopes page indicates that there have been similar emails floated around in previous years, all making the same ludicrous claim that by not buying gas on a single day, the oil industry will somehow suffer, thereby reducing the price of gasoline. The email even includes a fictitious claim that in 1997 the price of a gallon of gasoline plummeted in response to such a “strike”.
The snopes article points out why this is so absurd:
The premise behind all these messages is inherently flawed, because consumers’ not buying gasoline on one particular day doesn’t affect oil companies at all. The “gas out” scheme doesn’t call upon people to use less gasoline, but simply to shift their date of purchase and buy gas a day earlier or later than they usually would The very same amount of gasoline is sold either way, so oil companies don’t lose any money.
The key to impacting the oil industry and lowering prices lies in the basic economic principle of supply and demand. If we all used less gasoline, the demand would not be nearly as high, and then the prices would drop. Using the same amount of gasoline and instead choosing to buy it one day later will not make any impact whatsoever, as the oil industry will recoup their “lost money” the following day.
Wake up, people. Oh, and while you’re at it, stop using so much toilet paper! ::: rolls eyes :::