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May 15th, dont get gas?

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Just got this via email... Think it's worth participating in, or for the most part, even true?Don't pump gas on May 15th.in April 1997, there was a "gas out" conductednationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped30 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 $3.00a gallon in most places.There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on theinternet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50dollars 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 company's pockets for just one day, so please do not go tothe gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

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A few percent less fuel sold that ONE day.But what people do participate will buy enough fuel before that date to last until day after the "protest".It will amount to the SAME quantity of fuel sold, the fuel refiners and wholesalers won't be inconvenienced AT ALL and what few retail outlets are leased to smaller businessmen will still sell the usual quantity of coffee, pastries and roller grilled sausages they make their actual profit from anyway.Just remember that the fuel isn't what the retailer makes his/her money on anyway. The fuel pumps are only there to get people in or in the parking lot of the convenience store. The retailer justs adjusts the price to cover the cost of getting the wholesaler to deliver it and operate the equipment to pump it into your fuel tank.A LARGE quantity of drivers would have to park their cars for WEEKS before the wholesalers and refiners would even notice.

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Just consider how lucky you are..................In the UK wer'e paying

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You guys are so spoilt. Buy a smaller car and quit whining. Massive fuel consumption isn't good for the world anyway.-

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>>>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>company's 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.[/i]This is political double talk. The oil companies have already made their money on the gas you're not going to buy. So people will be pumping gas on May 14th, or May 16th, or whenever. The oil companies do not run on a day to day operation, nor do they set the price of oil....this is set on a free open trade market by investors, or speculators as some are called. Besides other factors, they look at supply and demand....high demand, low supply, equals higher prices and vice-a-versa. Throw in an increased threat of terrorism or a major hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and we'll be paying about double of what we're paying now for oil products. This will happen whether we don't buy gas on May 15th, or not.If you really want to take "billions out of the oil company's pocket", stop buying products that use oil....that, I'm afraid, is all but impossible in today's "modern" society.John M

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>Just consider how lucky you are..................>>In the UK wer'e paying

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In the US, there are some many different types of automobiles and so many uses. I think what you drive depends on where you live. Even my japanese suv gets about 15 mpg with a 19.5 gallon tank.

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>>You guys are so spoilt. Buy a smaller car and quit whining.<

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15mpg blimey! I drive a Ford Fiesta which gets 40mpg. My Dad drives a Ford CMax (mini MPV) which gets 35mpg. Your right when you say there are many vehicles and many uses. Unfortunatly, here in the UK definatly, we get people using 4 wheel drives (SUVs) for the school run, or for the weekly shop. This kind of activity could be done using a small family saloon.DaveEdit: "I have one, but now that you've said that I think I may get myself a huge vehicle that gets about 2 miles a gallon, and I'm completely willing to cough up the cash to pay for its gas..Jeff"Saw this just after i posted. I think this is what alot of people feel. They get told by environmentalists what to do, psychology kicks in and it creates resentment/ disobedience.

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>>>You guys are so spoilt. Buy a smaller car and quit>whining.<<>>I have one, but now that you've said that I think I may get>myself a huge vehicle that gets about 2 miles a gallon, and>I'm completely willing to cough up the cash to pay for its>gas..>>JeffSo basically AND inconsistent AND willing to use a large amount of your own money to get back me, even though I will never know or care anyway? So why should anyone listen to your advice, you're obviously crazy?-

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>>So basically AND inconsistent AND willing to use a large amount of your own money to get back me, even though I will never know or care anyway? So why should anyone listen to your advice, you're obviously crazy?-

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>>>So basically AND inconsistent AND willing to use a large>amount of your own money to get back me, even though I will>never know or care anyway? So why should anyone listen to your>advice, you're obviously crazy?>>-

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No problem. And in all honesty I wouldn't trade my little car in for anything, it hasn't had any serious problems since I purchased it four years ago and it does get great gas mileage.Jeff

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My brother just bought his wife a 07 Mazda 3 Speed Turbo. 16psi, 263hp/280lbs trq. Not too bad. Pretty quick in all honesty. Suprised me... :)I wouldnt mind having one.

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Wanna know something that ticks me off with for? And believe me, Im a huge ford fan. But here in the states, I dont think they have one car that uses projection or xenon headlights, but I see in the UK, that's all they know. Correct?Anyways, we're still stuck with halogen bulbs.

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A very interesting post, especially the price difference between the countries.I do remember a couple of years ago going into my local garage and seeing some coloured leaflets in a display box placed there by the AA (Automobile Association, for the American readers) which stated in the fliers that for every

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I guess it is a shock to have fuel duty risen, but as many have mentioned your fuel is very cheap, even if they raise the tax i would rather pay your fuel prices than ours here in the UK.Personaly wouldnt mind paying the tax if i could see it being spent on transport. Where i live the roads are crumbling. We pay road tax, fuel duty and now there are talks on a "pay per mile" scheme, despite this there seems little evidnece of improvements in road conditions/public transport. Where i live, there is a bridge that takes traffic south, over the river Thames called the Queen Elizabeth II bridge (or QE2 bridge). There is also a Tunnel that takes traffic north into the county of Essex called the Dartfod tunnel. When this was built a toll was set up and it was promised by our MPs (politicians) that when the cost of building was met the toll would be gone. Now over 10 years since it opened we still pay to cross the bridge/tunnel!!!Politicians, you just cant trust them (well, most of the time)Dave

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But consider this:1) Most automobiles in the US arent to fuel efficient. Many very popular trucks and suv's have 25 or 30 gallon tanks or bigger. 2) On top of the tanks, vehicles like the Ford Expedition typically see only around 12mpg with normal driving conditions here in houston.3) Cost of living is less, and so is the income. Yes, houston is a beautiful city, but people make less here than what they make in LA or San Fran. 4)Not sure on this, but I though European's had a bigger income? Correct?Here in the states, Texas especially... 70 or 80 bucks for a complete fill-up every 5 to 7 days.. Well, for this economy, thats a good chunk of change.Im trying to think of more, but I'm brain dead at the moment...

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"(...) What really ticks a lot of Texans off is the fact that every time we turn around, there is road construction (...)"Although I've never been to Texas, I now got a very familiar mental picture of the state. I'd feel at home immediately, amidst such frequent reminders of "my" little part of Western Europe (sad grin)!As for the main subject of this thread: again speaking as a European (Dutchman), I really can't see what US-Americans are complaining about, when it comes to gas prices: you lot are, gas-price-wise, among the "wellest-offest" in the so-called First World.Yet I'll make you a bit jealous: last year, in Kuwait, I paid 3 KD (Kuwaiti dinar) to completely fill the tank of our faithful SUV. That's 9 euro or about US$10.75 for a LOT of gas! Spoils one though: back in the Netherlands I wept with deep sorrow after having made the first tank stop since the Middle East!Jaap Verduijn.

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"(...) Taxes are huge. Here in Texas, we have a 20cent tax for each gallon, and we're nearly at $3 per gallon (...)"That's not huge, that's minimal. The posting Pom pays close to 80% tax on his petrol, while you Texans only pay some 7 percent on your gas. Although every single percent paid to the government (ANY government) is one too many, calling 7 percent "huge" kind of confuses the matter.Jaap Verduijn.

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