Gas prices too high? Don’t pump on May 15

Politics, Shopping | | May 15, 2007 at 02:23

gas-pump.jpgThere’s an internet action in the works to boycott gas pumps on May 15 in protest over high gas prices. The claim is a national “gas out” in April 1997 in protest of those gas prices (look cheap today) caused gasoline prices to drop 30 cents/gallon overnight.

The program goes like this: There are 73,000,000 American users on the internet. It takes $30-$50 to fill up the average car. If everyone abstained on the 15th, it would take $292,000,000 (that’s almost $300 mil) out of the oil companies’ pockets for just one day. That does assume that every internet user drives his own car. Probably a fair assessment in the USA. A blip might even be felt in the Middle Eastern oil industry.

I could avoid the gas station on May 15th. It certainly is an easy way to protest. Might be fun to try and see what happens.

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