Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Take down gas prices!

Have you ever gotten one of those chain emails that says, "On May 15th don't fill up your gas tank!" Somehow that's supposed to put some pressure on the mega oil corporations with their daily income of 150 billion petro-dollars? Face it, you're going to buy some gas the next day. We all are. One little hiccup won't kill a giant.


What about this idea: "Don't buy any gas from Chevron until their prices dip below $2.50/gal"? We can get our gas elsewhere (albeit, for more than $2.50) while Chevron applies its pressure to the market above it. Assuming we got enough public cooperation, either Chevron will convince its suppliers to lower gas prices OR Chevron will go out of business. Ergo, we get our prices or we tear the giant apart, limb by limb.

What do you think? Can it work?

10 comments:

JethRobyn said...

I only have one problem with this idea, I only use Chevron with Techron in my car.... I say we just hunt down the CEO's and kick them in the shins until they lower the gas prices.

MidSpeck said...

It's true that would seem to work better than the one day ban idea. What's funny is that photo that you posted was from 2005. Oh, how much more it is true now.

Thaddeus said...

Well, we don't have to pick on Chevron. It just needs to be a national chain with strong buying power on the oil market. Maybe Sinclair or Texaco...

Ryn said...

We should just start making electric cars or go back to horses. Though the waste of said uses are more than gas I'd wager. Thank goodness for my bike!

Benjamin said...

You are an economic genius.

MidSpeck said...

Bikes are the way to go. Heck, we already have disconnected ourselves enough via our methods of communication these days -- (see Robyn's post about Connectivity) why do we need to travel beyond a certain radius anyway?

Thaddeus said...

Oooh, how about instead of socializing medicine we socialize gasoline?

William said...

Socializing gasoline is what Mexico does, I wonder how their prices are? We could pick on Exxon, they made the greatest profit during the last quarter. Your idea is right out of the Adam Smith playbook, make competition work for the consumer. When the producers have a monopoly situation they have no motivation to lower prices or improve quality.

MidSpeck said...

Posted a Digg article here:
http://digg.com/business_finance/The_Proper_Way_To_Reduce_the_Gas_Prices

Thaddeus said...

Okay, so let's take out ExxonMobile. I know they have Exxon gas stations and Mobile gas stations. Do they own any other fueling outlet brand names?