Alexander The Great

March 25, 2008

Stupidness and Gas Prices

Filed under: Modern Life,spam — alexanderthegreatest @ 10:02 am
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I got this email yesterday. It was probably written by an Exxon competitor. I have no problem with that – but please don’t try to hide things from us.

Thing is, if everybody stops buying gas from the #1 distributor, that would mean suddenly there’s more demand and less supply all being channeled to the other gas companies. Everyone who used to buy Exxon going to Shell instead means Shell raises their rates. And probably winds up buying gasoline from Exxon to keep up with the demand spike.

If who writes this sends it to 30 people who all send it to 10, a lot of people are going to get the same email from several friends. Six degrees of separation and all that. You and I might both send this to the same person, but that doesn’t make that person count twice.

Friends, the only way gas prices will ever come down for more than a few days is if demand falls compared to supply. Magical wishful thinking won’t do it. Neither will Enron style accounting games, using numbers to pretend something is happening when it’s not. This is a distraction from actually doing anything to improve the situation!


This was sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his
engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. If you are tired of the gas
prices going up AND they will continue to rise this summer, take time to
read this please.

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! 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. 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 $2.00 is super
cheap. Me too! It is currently $3.49 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 on me 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 send it to at least ten
more (30 x 10 = 300) … and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x
10 = 3,000)… and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of
people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumer. 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

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

Keep it going

Is it just me, or do others find it funny that the author writes things like “I need gas as badly as junkies need crack, and that means I should get to set the price!” Typical entitled thinking, almost certainly hatched by a Republican.



  1. The logic behind this letter is inherently flawed. The price of gas is determined largely by the supply of crude oil (priced by the barrel.) We recently saw that number go to about $111, which caused the stock market to tumble (for a second time in a week). The price was over inflated and corrected to under $100 a few days later. However, these prices are not charged by Exxon or any other American owned company. These are the prices those companies pay to OPEC nations. If Americans buy from one distributor and not another, this doesn’t change the aggregate demand of our national economy. Therefore, the amount of national consumption (The Demand) is the same and the amount of oil pumped (The Supply)is adjusted to match the demand by OPEC. That was the purpose of forming OPEC, to control the supply to a certain percentage of demand. Working together, they can get maximum profit/benefit from their resources. There are only two ways to lower prices, increase supply or decrease demand (or both). Better fuel economy cars? We also need OPEC to pump more (One of the founding nations of OPEC is Iraq, you think we might benefit from setting up a friendly government there?) OR we can pump some of our extensive reserves. Thats what China does. Just some thoughts. Like the Blog.

    Comment by whatmenthink — March 25, 2008 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  2. America complains about paying $4.00 for a gallon of petrol (gasoline), but over here, we’re paying about £1.15 per LITRE of petrol! Roughly, that’s £5.18 per gallon, or somewhere round the $10.00 mark. It’s considerably more expensive than the USA, primarily because of the massive amount of tax on petrol.

    Comment by Dan — March 25, 2008 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  3. Want cheaper gas? Use the law of supply and demand. Use less of it. Do all the stuff that gets repeated a thousand times.
    ° Drive slower
    ° Maintain tire inflation
    ° Combine trips
    ° Get all excess weight out of the car
    ° Carpool
    ° Leave for work early (beat rush hour)
    ° Get a smaller car

    If everybody did these things, the price of gas would plummet. Until it fell, you’d still be saving money.

    Comment by Paul — March 26, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  4. Ironically, I think people have the opinion that if they used less gas, it wouldn’t matter so much if the price came down? 😦

    Comment by alexanderthegreatest — March 26, 2008 @ 2:54 pm | Reply

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