|03-25-2011 07:02 PM|
|thewasel||I fall more into the category of burning used motor oil on "Earth Day" because it's all a big fat load of BS. If I bought into the enviro-hippy stuff I certainly wouldn't own a Jeep. As far as "big evil oil", oil companies profit by % aren't gross by any means and cost is controlled more by the government deciding how much drilling and refining is "allowed". If you want to send a message to the enemy, write letters to congress.|
|03-25-2011 06:04 PM|
I once was listening to a radio interview with one of the oil refineries top dogs and the question of direct cause for increasing gas prices was asked while the price of crude per barrel was decreasing, the reply "we will charge whatever the market will bear".
I remember that statement every time I pull up to the pump.
The gas station is just the messenger, I'll play the game on the 31st but the only way we will ever get the refineries to pay attention is to consistantly cut our consumption. MHO
|03-25-2011 04:48 PM|
In all reality, oil companies only make about %10 in revenue cause of all the over head involved with refining oil. They aren't always laughing to the bank (sometimes yeah). They don't want to pay $115+ a barrel anymore than you want to pay for $3.50+ a gallon.
Again, not trying to troll or anything, just something I learned that i have found that most people do not have a clue about, thought I would pass it on.
|03-25-2011 04:32 PM|
|motokeen||I do these whenever I can. We just need to make it a large scale deal.|
|03-25-2011 04:28 PM|
Now I'm going to give you an informed opinion. I see this type of price hike and the related publicity every 2 years it seems. "Gas will rise to $?.00/gallon by the summer", "Mid-east crisis to cause American gas prices to spike by summer", "Blah blah blah will cause price hikes and fuel shortages by summer" and I think it's all b.s. geared to boost what the price that we, the American public, will pay for fuel in the coming year. If you think about it, we expect the worst at these times, but the reality is a 50 cent increase to the price after all the fear-mongering is finished and we, as sheep, breath a sigh of relief and say "I can live with that!" (Where's my "I'm a moron" smilie?) For the next 2 years we have "fairly" stable pricing, with minor fluctuations and life is good again.
I don't know if it's 100% true, but I'm told we don't get oil from the mid-east anymore. I also doubt that Libya provided much, if any, oil to us. It stands to reason that there are markets much closer to them that will gladly buy their product, thereby reducing transport costs. Here in New Mexico we pump enough oil to satisfy our needs and export some to other states, yet we're paying through the a$$ for our fuel. (Yes, we even have our own refineries) To me it stands to reason that what happens in Libya and the mid-east should have zero effect on our pricing, but it does. I blame the rich bastards on wall street and the people that play with our pocketbooks in the futures market. They withdraw supply, prices go up. They loose the reigns, prices go down. Kill a few futures traders and see if they stop playing with our lives like it's a game of Monopoly.
Just my humble opinion.
|03-25-2011 09:41 AM|
|03-25-2011 09:37 AM|
|shrubeck||Come on guys. I'm sure this one will work way better than all the other "no gas days" a couple years ago...|
|03-25-2011 09:10 AM|
It won't do a bit of good.
When the supply of oil becomes more than comsumption then the price of crude will drop, usually suddenly and drastically, and gas will become cheaper. We'll all be happy except for the people that work in the industry and are getting laid off. Then the demand for oil will again become more than is available and prices will climb, usually suddenly and drastically, and everyone will be hollering about the price of gas. The bright side is that the laid off oil industry workers will again find employment and get to start over. Again and again since the oil industry is just a never ending cycle of boom and bust.
|03-24-2011 01:31 PM|
|dmacioce||I drove across the county line today and filled up several gas cans for about $0.10/gal cheaper than what I can get where I normally go, so I may be able to participate in this. I don't know if it will have an impact though, since I'll just buy gas again next time I need to. What am I gonna do? "Oh well, I'm out of gas.. Guess I'll stop driving my Jeep!" Don't think so.|
|03-24-2011 08:51 AM|
|99jeeper||would like to join a cause but after being laydoff since november if my boss ,calls i'm drive'n and getting alittle petrol if i gotta!|
|03-24-2011 08:46 AM|
Boycott Shell and other major brands! Hurt the franchisee and their employees!
|03-24-2011 08:38 AM|
I posted this on the same topic on FaceCrack:
|03-24-2011 07:46 AM|
|Mac2411||In any event, the price of oil is not driven by the so-called "Big Oil" companies. Most reserves around the world are controlled by sovereign nations (like Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Venezuela) that operate their own national oil companies. Further, most of the price ups and downs are driven by speculators on Wall Street and other exchanges around the world. Finally, the actuall profit margin that "Big Oil" earns on each barrel is actually very slim-a few dollars per barrel at most. The margin of proft that a station earns on each gallon of gas is even slimmer-a few cents at best. These types of campaigns are not only baseless, but don't accomplish anything. The fact remains that one will have to fill up eventually.|
|03-24-2011 06:54 AM|
|h2obill||you do know that some gas stations are independently owned and you are simply taking money away from an individual and not big oil. Heck, the gas at a Shell station may not have even come from Shell.|
|03-24-2011 03:19 AM|
|jeepers29||If you really want to hurt the gas stations, buy only gas and nothing from the store. All the extra tems is where they make their money. Gas is almost a loss leader for them. I buy nothing else from gas stations, when I can get it elsewhere for much less.|
|03-24-2011 01:56 AM|
|billytheyj||Yet I will still do it...|
|03-24-2011 01:54 AM|
|billytheyj||True true yet I choose to do it just cuz if the nation collectively did this they would feel it, but the only problem us if you need to fill up that day and don't then you will the next day. We can't be bothered to try to boycott our gas companies we will consume the same amount of gas and just spend or money less than 24hrs later.|
|03-24-2011 01:46 AM|
I'll bet that one day won't bother them one bit. They will just raise the price to make the difference if they notice it.
Gas prices may seem high, but globally speaking, gas in the US is still pretty cheap, and at least it's available whenever you want it. We haven't gone to back to rationing(yet)...Supply and demand, brother. How many people in India or China are saving to buy cars? I'm sure they'll buy the gas you choose not to.
Besides, what choice to people really have? Not too many people are refining biodiesel or ethanol at home to power their favorite hobbies, lifestyles and conveniences.
Unfortunately, the game we all chose to play involves fuel. The day we can't afford the buy-in is the day we no longer play the game.
Just my .02.
|03-24-2011 01:42 AM|
|03-24-2011 01:15 AM|
No gas day!
"Simply avoid all gas stations on March 31, 2011. And if you can go one step further, don't even drive that day.
However, don't forget your local mom and pop shop. Go IN and buy something that day. Make a point of it!
We're mad as hell, and are tired of watching the big oil companies laugh all the way to the bank while we all suffer. Let's do this!"
One day out of 365 probably won't make a difference to their money, but I bet it will make them at least take a look.