Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bottoms up Exxon-Mobil

This morning I've received a few e-mails from totally unrelated friends telling me to boycott Exxon-Mobil; hopefully bringing down the price of gas. I agree grassroots involvement is so important and much under rated in our society and we sure could use lower gas prices but hurting Exxon, not as much as you'd wish. Yes, they might notice an excess of supply but they'd just sell it to someone else. Costco and these little independent stations don't refine their own gas and Exxon would just market it elsewhere.

If you'd like to stab these bastards in the ass, reduce the amount of gas you use. Does that mean you have to drastically cut consumption, no because if enough of us reduce, just a bit, it will send that all important message to their bottoms, ah bottom line, that is.

So, make a few less extra trips this week, drive with a co-worker, or get out there and walk. Don't wait for the other guy to do this, you do this now and tell your friends. Ask them to commit to just one less trip a week or walk to lunch instead of driving. Reduce our need for oil and it will help everyone, well maybe not those oil company execs.

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  1. I'm going to go out on a limb and say something unpopular: I think it's good petrol prices are going up - they should go up more. People need a better understanding of the true cost of energy. If people start to think "I should drive less and use less petrol" this is a good thing.

    Of course, the downside of this is profiteering oil companies and governments who will doubtless waste their tax windfall. I guess we can't have everything.

  2. Strange as this sounds, I understand your point. Humans, being the louts we are, will take the easiest road and fossil fuel has a filling station on that road. We, the global we, need to reduce our need but we can't until we have another alternative. Our public transportation in Los Angeles is horrible, who wouldn't want to drive themselves even if the freeways are a mess. I blame the government and the bastard oil companies for keeping us from this goal.

    As a side note, I drive a hybrid.