Thread: Oh Crap!?!?!!?
04-25-2006, 06:09 PM #1
I will try this again. An interseting article on gas!!!
GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work
This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It ' s worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might 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 last April or May! 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. BUT, whoever thought of this idea has come up with a plan that can really work.
Please read on and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 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 gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, 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: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil 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 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 =3D 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 get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED 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 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people.... Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am, so trust me on this one.) 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 300 MILLION people could conceivably be
contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you? 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 EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK.
I am adding to this.... Exxon CEO is retiring with 36 million as his bonus package..... Not bad.....huh? He helped his company make more in profits than before...And at our cost......Mad yet?
There s only two things stopping you - fear and common sense!! The Truth you CAN"T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!!!!!
04-25-2006, 06:14 PM #2
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I already recieved this in a e-mail by a friend of mine. Thanks for the input though.
04-25-2006, 06:27 PM #3
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It's not entirely the oil companies' fault.. Much of the blame should be aimed squarely at OPEC and the nature of the Stock Markets that drive up the price of oil. Let's not forget that FEAR is one of the main reasons why oil prices have broken $75 a barrel.
FEAR over Middle Eastern production thanks to Desert Storm II.
FEAR over Nigerian Production.
FEAR over Iran's nuclear programme and how that affects stability in the region.
I could go on.. And maybe I'm wrong. Maybe it is the oil companies' fault. It certainly couldn't hurt them to reduce the cost of petrol based on their record profits posted over the last 2 or 3 years, but that comes with healthy economies. Look at the last time the USA and Europe were growing at a healthy rate and check oil prices.. They were going up too! The only thing that stopped oil prices in 1998-1999 was the Asian Stock Market crash.
And that, my friends, is the only way to bring down oil prices.
Anyway.. Just for the English on the site, we're gonna see petrol prices go OVER Ã‚Â£1 a litre in the next year. GUARANTEED. And, sadly for us, it's not the oil companies' fault. Nope. Over 50% of our petrol prices go straight into the government's coffers. So, really, petrol prices should be about two-thirds of what they are now (remember, petrol taxes in Britain are inclusive of VAT, which is 17.5% so the petrol-specific taxes total approximately 33% of the price of a litre of petrol).
Either way.. It's a bloody awful time to be learning to drive and looking to get a car soon, ie: IT'S A BLOODY AWFUL TIME FOR ME TO BLOODY LEARN TO BLOODY DRIVE AND GET A BLOODY CAR THAT WILL LEECH BLOOD FROM ME LIKE A BLOODY... blood-leeching-thing.
04-25-2006, 06:32 PM #4
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Breaking news from today:
Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline
By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 1 minute ago
President Bush on Tuesday ordered a temporary suspension of environmental rules for gasoline, making it easier for refiners to meet demand and possibly dampen prices at the pump. He also halted for the summer the purchase of crude oil for the government's emergency reserve.
The moves came as political pressure intensified on Bush to do something about gasoline prices that are expected to stay high throughout the summer.
Bush said the nation's strategic petroleum reserve had enough fuel to guard against any major supply disruption over the next few months.
"So, by deferring deposits until the fall, we'll leave a little more oil on the market. Every little bit helps," he said.
Wholesale gasoline futures prices for June delivery dropped 8 cents a gallon to $2.10 on the New York Mercantile Exchange immediately upon Bush's remarks.
Easing the environment rules will allow refiners greater flexibility in providing oil supplies since they will not have to use certain additives such as ethanol to meet clean air standards. The suspension of oil purchases for the federal emergency oil reserve is likely to have only modest impact since relative little extra oil will be involved.
The high cost at the pump has turned into a major political issue, with Democrats and Republicans blaming each other for a problem that is largely out of Congress' control. Republicans are worried that voters paying more than $3 per gallon would punish the party in power. Democrats want to make that happen.
Bush said that high gasoline prices are like a hidden tax on consumers and businesses, although he said the nation's economy was strong. He urged Congress to take back some of the billions of dollars in tax incentives it gave energy companies, saying that with record profits, they don't need the breaks. He urged lawmakers to expand tax breaks for the purchase of fuel-efficient hybrid automobiles.
The president said Democrats in the past have urged higher taxes on fuel and price caps to control fuel expenses, but he said neither approach works. Instead, he called for increased conservation, an expansion of domestic production and increased use of alternative fuels like ethanol.
Bush said high energy prices are disturbing.
"Our addiction to oil is a matter of national security concerns," the president said in a speech to the Renewable Fuels Association, which advocates alternate energy sources. "After all, today we get about 60 percent of our oil from foreign countries. That's up from 20 years ago, where about 25 percent of our oil came from foreign countries."
Bush said gasoline prices are expected to remain high throughout the summer and "that's going to be a continued strain on the American people."
Bush said the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and the Energy Department were investigating whether the price of gasoline has been unfairly manipulated. The administration also contacted all 50 state attorneys general to offer technical assistance to urge them to investigate possible illegal price manipulation within their jurisdictions.
During the last few days, Bush asked his Energy and Justice departments to open inquiries into whether the price of gasoline has been illegally manipulated.
It's unclear what impact, if any, Bush's investigation would have on prices that are near or at $3 a gallon or more. Asked if Bush had any reason to suspect market manipulation, White House press secretary Scott McClellan responded, "Well, gas prices are high right now, and that's why you want to make sure there's not."
The administration sent letters Tuesday to state attorneys general urging them to vigorously enforce state law "against any anticompetitive, anticonsumer conduct in the petroleum industry."
"Consumers around the nation have expressed concerns about what they have perceived as anticompetitive or otherwise unfair conduct by the world's major oil companies," said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and Federal Trade Commission Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras. Their letter said federal agencies had substantially increased efforts to monitor, detect and prevent any violations of the law.
Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., urged Bush in a letter Monday to order a federal investigation into any gasoline price gouging or market speculation.
"There is no silver bullet," Frist said Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," but "we need to make sure that any efforts at price-gouging be addressed and addressed aggressively." Meanwhile, Frist said, consumers should take steps to conserve gasoline Ã¢â‚¬â€ drive at slower speeds, tune up car engines for maximum efficiency and carpool.
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada dispatched his own letter, calling for a multi-pronged approach to restrain gas prices.
04-25-2006, 06:36 PM #5
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DAMN THE MAN!!!!!
04-25-2006, 06:49 PM #6
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I am sorry. But the rules are no politics. We all know he these end up. Its not my rule, its the site rule. Hate me all you want.
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