Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Don't Buy Gas Sept. 1 !

Thursday, September 1, has been declared "Boycott Gas Day", by the will of the American people. Help to end the out of control spiraling of gas pricing in this country by refusing to purchase gas on Thursday. We can show the corporate interests and the commodity speculators that we the people, will no longer permit the unscrupulous price gouging that is taking place by a small, elite profiteering class that controls and rules over the vast majority of American society. Let's begin a movement to take back our country by demonstrating the organized power of the American consumer. Buy your gas on Wednesday, so that you can particpate in the boycott and increase its effectiveness. Let's begin tomorrow to return the country to the everyday people who "make it all work" each day, and take it back from the profiteers who have hijacked our democracy by taking our nation into an illegal and immoral war for oil. Let's show them who this country really belongs to!

Democracy now, and forever!


Blogger Åñèè§å said...

well that won't make much sense to strike 4 one day....cause 1 u'll need to full ur tank sooner or later its not like they'll lose if u really want to make and impact just tell ppl to walk to work or ride a bike....and how many ppl do you really think would do this??? my guess is not not buying gas 4 one day won't have a great or even no impact on the revenue of these oil companies...

8:44 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

This was spreading around the 'Net, that Thursday would be Don't Buy Gas day, so I helped by also posting it. You're right, the impact would be limited, but it could be the beginning of some organizing that might have greater future impacts; maybe organized boycotts more and more often, and with more and more people, who would then bike or walk to work. You have to start somewhere, and more and more people are willing to take actions as prices keep spiraling upward.

1:14 AM  
Blogger Åñèè§å said...

but do u seriouly think it would go that far??? i mean ppl love their cars anything thats easy....what will happen due to increase fuel prices...or what had happen the last time fuel prices increases in my drivers increased their fees which then cause ppl to demand higher wages etc cause ppl transpost food stuff so their cost is also rising etc....prices are going to rise if ppl take industrial action or not...if they take it, they may get a better deal....but either way it will go up..

11:26 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

What you say is about right, rising gas prices, push up transportation costs, pushing wage demands, and increasing almost all other related costs. It is a matter of pure economics though, supply and demand; demand for a commmodity pushes the price up, while if there is not much demand for a product, the price goes down. The problem here is that our demand is very, very strong, but if we can somehow convince people to lower their demand (admittedly difficult, but maybe easier soon as people become more upset with higher prices), then the prices will fall. It sounds like your family is in the business of buying and selling, so you've probably seen yourself that things in demand have a high price, while things not much in demand many times will have the price lowered until people will eventually buy the item.

The main thing is, somehow we must lower our demand, if we want lower prices, and as you say, many people simply don't wish to do that, as long as gas is still affordable to them. When they feel that gas has become unaffordable, then that might be a different matter...

12:13 PM

12:17 PM  
Blogger willowtree said...

Should I tell you how they missed this announcement in NC? I was watching the news yesterday and it seems that after a "rumor" was started that gas stations were closing, the cars backed up for miles waiting to get gas. No matter how high. Last night the lowest in the part of VA I was, was 3.09, this moring it was 3.19.
There was a guy in Atlanta selling gas for 6.07. When the reporter went in to ask...what the hell?
The guy says, that his gas was running low, and he didnt want anyone to come in.
Try this you thieving idiot: put up a sign that says, no gas here.
He knows that he might still make a buck especially from people to whom $$ is no object at all. People are going to go into a panic soon, soon, but they will still buy gas.
As long as they can scrape two pennies together- they will buy it...
Hmmm, as long as they can scrape 3.19 together, they will buy it!

1:40 PM  
Blogger Åñèè§å said...

so true...unless they have a good substitute 4 it....fuel prices will always be inelastic in demand...and i understand what ur tryin to say that ppl should demand less of it in order to lower prices but it won't happen n e time soon...not until they find a substitute...

2:06 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

As prices go up, I'm hoping the substitute will be walking, biking, public transportation, car pooling, etc. These things will certainly increase as gas prices continue to climb, and I hope that rising prices might eventually result in a sea change of attitudes in the American public, so that we rely less and less upon fossil fuels, and more upon the above alternatives, as well as fuel substitutes like ethanol and others. This addiction to oil is getting us in too much trouble, as well as being increasingly unaffordable.

4:33 PM  
Blogger Frank said...

Hi Willowtree,
Since when does any merchant not want people coming in and buying their product? $6.07 sure sound more like price gouging to me. People are starting to panic a little, filling tanks now (which is only pushing up prices more by creating more demand), but $6.07 is surely taking advantage of the current situation. This Don't Buy Gas thing was limited in getting the message out, but as I say, you have to start somewhere, and I hope a movt. grows further as prices increase, so we can fight back against the price gougers and others who take advantage of the consumer, the average person.

4:42 PM  

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