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    Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work
    E-mails calling for May 15 service station drive-by will have zero impact
    COMMENTARY
    By John W. Schoen
    Senior Producer
    Updated: 11:28 a.m. PT May 6, 2007




    With gasoline prices topping $3 a gallon again, a number of readers, including Greg in Louisiana, are wondering about a proposed one-day "gas boycott" that has a goal of taking $2.3 billion in oil company profits. Aside from circulating some questionable math, organizers of this event stand exactly zero chance of having an impact on gas prices.

    statistics compiled by the Department of EnergyCrude oilTaxesRefiningWholesalers and retailers
    Though retailers bear the brunt of pump price rage, they actually get the smallest piece of your gasoline dollar. About 9 percent of the retail pump price pays for distribution and marketing, which includes the cost of shipping gasoline to wholesalers, who take a cut and then ship it to your local gas station.
    Very little of the retailers' cut goes back to oil companies. Something like 80 percent of the gasoline consumed in the United States is sold by 112,000 convenience stores, according to the National Association of Convenience Stores. Even though they may display an oil company logo, less than 3 percent of U.S. gas stations are owned by a major oil company. After factoring in all expenses, including credit card fees, the average retail profit per gallon is roughly 1 cent, according to the NACS. Some stores lose money on gasoline to boost foot traffic to the store and increase sales of soda and chips.

    An alternative fuel boycott review suggestions for improving ithttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18492185/
    Three-time MVP Larry Bird, noting that Bryant has been the NBA's premier player for years, told Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick before this week's announcement, "When someone told me the other day that Kobe hadn't won an MVP trophy, it sort of made me feel like I wanted to throw mine away."


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    Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

    Do people really think Gas Companies haven't thought of this???

    So they don't sell gas 1 day, they will sell twice as much the day before and day after.

    Also, I got another email about boycotting just "Shell". I wouldn't be surprised if the gas companies already have a plan in place to help out the other company should they get boycotted.

    Your still going to be paying for the gas and the only people you will be hurting are the independent owners of the gas stations who can't control the prices anyway.

    The only real way to get gas prices low is to stop depending so much on gas. This means no more Hummers, large SUV's, Off-road trucks, NASCAR, NHRA, etc, etc, etc.

    So until we really want to get serious about conserving gas, high prices are here to stay.

    Just buy some stock in a gas company and make some of that $$ back.

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    • #3
      Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

      :lol: Maybe I should forward this to every one who sends me this email about the boycott... which happens at least once or twice a year.




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      • #4
        Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

        Originally posted by penguinsoda View Post
        :lol: Maybe I should forward this to every one who sends me this email about the boycott... which happens at least once or twice a year.
        LOLOL! Thats what I just did...

        I see the only way to do it is to have a 'take the bus or metro' to work day.

        But here in LA the problem is that we have to DRIVE to the metro stop!!! lol
        Three-time MVP Larry Bird, noting that Bryant has been the NBA's premier player for years, told Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick before this week's announcement, "When someone told me the other day that Kobe hadn't won an MVP trophy, it sort of made me feel like I wanted to throw mine away."

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        • #5
          Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

          Ugh, I think I have received at least 10 of these emails in the last month alone. I may just have to start sending this article back to the little (well-intentioned) do-gooders. Not that it will do much good... They'll just find some other thing to mindlessly forward to me.
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          - Satchel Paige

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          • #6
            Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

            I'm going to quote the best line of the article, and something we should all do:

            Because the only way we’re going to have any impact on demand — and price — is to reduce the amount of gasoline consumed per person. And the best way to do that is to improve the efficiency of cars on U.S. roads. If you doubled your average mileage, you would cut consumption in half.
            Now that would put a big crimp in gasoline sales and almost certainly send pump prices tumbling.
            Unfortunately it will never happen. And those that get 9 mpg are the ones complaining the loudest.

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            • #7
              Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

              Gas is $3.60 here which is ridiculous but not buying it for one day isn't going to make an impact.

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              • #8
                Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                Also, I got another email about boycotting just "Shell". I wouldn't be surprised if the gas companies already have a plan in place to help out the other company should they get boycotted.
                No conspiring is needed. Gas at a Shell station is not 100% Shell drilled and refined. Gas changes hands and is mixed many times over.

                The big oil branded stations are mostly franchises. And small stations buy from the big companies.

                Shell will just shift its supply to where the demand is shifting. Then the poor guy who owns the Shell station gets screwed.

                Gas prices will go down when the supply is allowed to increase. The oil companies continue to apply for permits to build new refineries and are shot down.

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                • #9
                  Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                  ^ That's the other thing. If you want to blame somebody for the high gas prices, blame environmentalists.

                  I'm all for saving the planet and fixing what we broke, but they are barking up the wrong tree. We are the ONLY country that has people that feel it's their right and responsibility to own the biggest, bad *** cars in the world. Look at places like the UK and see what cars sell. Tiny little cars.

                  We have to change the mentality of the people in this country that they don't need a military grade hummer to drop little sally off at school.

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                    Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                    Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                    ^ That's the other thing. If you want to blame somebody for the high gas prices, blame environmentalists.

                    I'm all for saving the planet and fixing what we broke, but they are barking up the wrong tree. We are the ONLY country that has people that feel it's their right and responsibility to own the biggest, bad *** cars in the world. Look at places like the UK and see what cars sell. Tiny little cars.

                    We have to change the mentality of the people in this country that they don't need a military grade hummer to drop little sally off at school.
                    I wouldn't even go so far as to blame the environmentalists. Oil refinieries are pretty nasty places to live near. I can't blame anybody for not wanting one nearby. But they need to be remembered as the reason why prices are what they are. The refineries are at max capacity, so prices can only go up. Getting one person out of their, "I just want to plow through an accident" Hummers is definitely a better idea. But that won't help for long as demand continues to increase.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                      I read another article that refineries are on limited production because of "unexpected maintenance"....uh,?
                      Three-time MVP Larry Bird, noting that Bryant has been the NBA's premier player for years, told Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick before this week's announcement, "When someone told me the other day that Kobe hadn't won an MVP trophy, it sort of made me feel like I wanted to throw mine away."

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                      • #12
                        Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                        One thing the article fails to address is the people who will go out of their way to buy EXTRA gas on the 15th, I even saw the facebook group! :lol:
                        What an idiot....

                        Yeah, I do that Twitter thing.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                          Originally posted by sir clinksalot View Post
                          Unfortunately it will never happen. And those that get 9 mpg are the ones complaining the loudest.
                          I've noticed this as well. And yet, they'd rather continue to complain, than downsize their vehicle.
                          She did it!

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                          • #14
                            Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                            http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18522401/


                            "One of the nation’s largest refineries, a BP PLC plant in Indiana that processes more than 400,000 barrels of oil per day, will not be operating at full capacity for several months due to unexpected repairs.
                            Other examples include a 170,000-barrel-per-day plant in McKee, Texas, that was shut down for a month, and a 470,000 barrels-per-day plant in Texas City operating at less than half capacity.
                            The outages have been reflected in weekly government data which has shown gasoline inventories falling during a season when most analysts think they should be rising. Summer driving begins Memorial Day weekend, and analysts worry refineries won’t be producing enough gasoline by then to meet demand."


                            ummmm yeah....
                            Three-time MVP Larry Bird, noting that Bryant has been the NBA's premier player for years, told Sports Illustrated's Dan Patrick before this week's announcement, "When someone told me the other day that Kobe hadn't won an MVP trophy, it sort of made me feel like I wanted to throw mine away."

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                            • #15
                              Re: Why one-day gas 'boycott' won't work

                              [quote=sir clinksalot;1718813We have to change the mentality of the people in this country that they don't need a military grade hummer to drop little sally off at school.[/quote]

                              This is true to an extent, many people have SUVs when they dont need them, and barely use capacity. I know people that have SUVs because they think they look cool or are safe. My friend just bought a mid sized SUV and never drives with anyone in his car. I live in Santa Clarita which I believe is the unofficial Hummer and SUV capital of the state.

                              I have an SUV (Tahoe), I also have a husband, two kids both still in carseats, grandparents and two nieces and friends that we carpool with whenever we go long distances (otherwise we drive hubbys car, which is gas efficient). In addition I need a vehicle that can tow my boat, which yes is a toy but in the summer we literally live on the lake every weekend.

                              I think a lot of people believe that everyone with an SUV is just being a gas hog, but for many of us, we use them efficiently by carpooling as much as possible. For me as soon as they come out with a Hybrid that is powerful to tow, can hold at least 8 and is affordable, I am all for it.

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