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Don't buy gas on the 15th of May

post #1 of 28
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Perhaps most of you are aware of this protest, but for those of you that are not, no one is buying gas on the 15th to send a message to the gasoline companies.
post #2 of 28
Rut ro, I need gas and i will have to get some tomorrow.
post #3 of 28
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Originally Posted by gailuvscats View Post
Perhaps most of you are aware of this protest, but for those of you that are not, no one is buying gas on the 15th to send a message to the gasoline companies.
I heard about it too... unfortunatly, it means people will gas up alot today oro the 16th
post #4 of 28
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Originally Posted by Trouts mom View Post
Rut ro, I need gas and i will have to get some tomorrow.



Guess I can try to push it.... Hmmmmm
post #5 of 28
Not to be a negative Nelly, but this doesn't do a thing... People need gas and will continue to buy it. Not getting gas on one day doesn't do a thing. People will either fill up today if they're low, or do it on Wednesday, and they'll still get their money.

Go read http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/nogas.asp for a bit of a read about it.

If you want to seriously send a message, carpool more regularly - find a way to do it. Take a bike or public transport rather than drive whenever you can. If you have to buy a new car, look at hybrids - second hand hybrids are really coming down in price, and hybrid 4WDs are available if you need a bigger car.

And for the record, yes I am lucky enough to own a hybrid, and try to ride to work whenever I can, and DH and I own one car between us, even though a second car would be nice on occasions - we deal with it though.
post #6 of 28
We would only have 1 car,but our work hours a so far apart,I work all over the county ,driving to house to house,some days 7 hours and sometimes only 5. Ted works 12 hours a day 2 times one week and the next week 4 days.I sometimes put 90 to 100 miles a week on my van! He drives 45 mintes .1 way.So yes we are paying (gold ) to drive to work!And in our small town we don't have cabs or bus's
post #7 of 28
Thanks Sarah!

Yes, unfortunately all it does is cause other people to fill up on a different day. Depleating the use of gas (or gas guzzlers) will start.

I do try to walk anywhere I can. Often I like to have a little shopping center within walking distance that I can opt out of a car for the day.
post #8 of 28
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Not to be a negative Nelly, but this doesn't do a thing... People need gas and will continue to buy it. Not getting gas on one day doesn't do a thing. People will either fill up today if they're low, or do it on Wednesday, and they'll still get their money.
I agree!!! Now, if we were lucky enough to go for about a week without buying any, that may work.
I to need gas and I will be buying it as well as hubby tomm. He has to work and I have errands to do.Plus, I need to keep gas in it incase Seth or any of the others kids need to go to the Dr.
post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by sherral46 View Post
We would only have 1 car,but our work hours a so far apart,I work all over the county ,driving to house to house,some days 7 hours and sometimes only 5. Ted works 12 hours a day 2 times one week and the next week 4 days.I sometimes put 90 to 100 miles a week on my van! He drives 45 mintes .1 way.So yes we are paying (gold ) to drive to work!And in our small town we don't have cabs or bus's
I understand not everyone can go for these options, my point was just that not buying petrol for one day won't make a difference, it has to be a lifestyle change!

And most of the country has probably not seen this email that's going around, so the petrol stations will still be busy anyway...

AND not to mention that the US has about the cheapest petrol in most developed countries, it's just relatively expensive to what it used to be (which was ridiculously dirt cheap, which I blame for the American obsession with big gas guzzling cars!). Most countries with expensive petrol (that I've been to) drive smaller, more economical vehicles.
post #10 of 28
As others have said, it wont make any difference,
you will buy the gas today or the next day. the same amount will get used.
Also as others have said, lifestyle change is the only thing that will in the long run make any difference.
post #11 of 28
You know what would make a difference is if people decided not to USE gas for a day. Not just stay home either, but walk to the grocery store, take the bus to work, that kind of stuff.

Better yet, try to quit using gas altogether. I do so less than once a month, it's not impossible.
post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by theimp98 View Post
As others have said, it wont make any difference,
you will buy the gas today or the next day. the same amount will get used.
Also as others have said, lifestyle change is the only thing that will in the long run make any difference.
I agree. I wish i could go without having to use gas- but living in this area- it's unavoidable! it's not like we have cabs or even public transportaion in a lot of parts out here (in the deeper parts of memphis there is a bus line - but it is NOT safe - they've had several attacks on it and i would never risk my safety). It is also not safe to walk around the streets of memphis unfortunately Bartlett,TN (where i just moved to with colin) is literally down the road from memphis- while it is much nicer and safer....you can not get to work (at least not for me) or many other places for that matter without a car. So it is unavoidable. What i do instead, to try and cut down on the amount of gas i use- is carpool to lunch with my coworkers. (we get to work at different times during the week so we can't carpool together to get there and back.) HOWEVER- when we take our lunch breaks- ALL of us carpool together in the car that uses the least gas It's something we all do to try and cut down on how much we drive/pollute. Every little bit helps. Also- when my sister kimmy and i need to get groceries- we take my car and go together- that way we get to spend some time together and also save on gas money by carpooling (we're actually doing that tomorrow!) Colin and I also just take one vehicle when we're both off work and need to go somewhere so that we don't use up too much gas there again. Sometimes- driving is just unavoidable- but there are always good ideas/creative ways to cut down on how much gas you guzzle if you try a little bit
post #13 of 28
I live in rural america. Not only is there no "public transport", but I can't walk anywhere, either. Also, I have places I have to go tomorrow that I cannot miss. And my little arrow is on "E".
post #14 of 28
I'm thinking Tuesday would be the perfect day to buy gas. Lines will be shorter.

And yes, if you want to make a statement, do something other than drive. Ride a bike, walk, use public transportation. Work from home more, carpool. Anything. You will save money, discover new things, and do your part to go green.
post #15 of 28
Also living in rural america-no such thing as public transport. But also I have had years of experience in combining errands. Unfortunately I might have to start adding a small fuel surcharge on to my clients invoices as the IRS mileage reinbursement does not cover all my costs.
post #16 of 28
Yeah- I agree with Sarah- it wont do anything, not for just one day.
We have public transportation here, but its horrid and never in my area. Its just easier to use my car. And walking? HA! Living in my town, there's no such thing. Its 10 miles across town to the nearest grocery store!
post #17 of 28
By the time the gasoline is at the gas station, it has already been purchased from the big companies, whom the boycott is designed to hurt. The only people that would be harmed by such a boycott would be the small business/station owner.

If this were to truly have a REAL effect rather than an imagined one, we would need the GAS STATIONS to refuse to buy gasoline to provide to the public.

It's a nice thought, but the supply chain is misunderstood.

I'm buying gas today because I'm almost on empty. It's already at the gas station, and I support the little guy trying to make a living.

MY method of consuming less gas - which is what we should all be focusing on rather than "don't buy it for just one day" - is to ride my motorcycle to work as often as possible. It gets close to 50 mpg rather than my pickup truck, which gets about 18 mpg.

Better than not buying for one day: Buy a 4-cylinder vehicle, get rid of the gas-guzzling SUVs. That will cause a major drop in your consumption and still get you the same places you need to go.

Then with the money you save on gas, you can go buy a rain barrel to conserve water use in your home. Rainwater is great for watering the lawn.

Not buying gas on one day, then filling up your 30 gallon SUV tank the next is purely hypocritical, IMO.
post #18 of 28
ride your bike, that saves a ton a gas,(i know i wish i could)
post #19 of 28
im sorry, i thought the title said 'dont pass gas on the 15th'...
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
im sorry, i thought the title said 'dont pass gas on the 15th'...
post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
im sorry, i thought the title said 'dont pass gas on the 15th'...
Now THAT would be impossible!!!

It'd probably do a LOT more good for the environment though if no gas could be passed for a day...
post #22 of 28
Dragoriana - should I put on a helmut and strap on some rollarblades?
post #23 of 28
Hopefully, when I'm done working at camp this summer, I'll be buying myself a scooter that gets about 75 MPG. With a sticker on the back w/ a middle finger and "Oil Companies/Dubya" on it.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by Whisky'sDad View Post
Hopefully, when I'm done working at camp this summer, I'll be buying myself a scooter that gets about 75 MPG. With a sticker on the back w/ a middle finger and "Oil Companies/Dubya" on it.
That is awesome!
post #25 of 28
I was told today that a town about 30 miles from me....gas is $4.15 a gallon!!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I was told today that a town about 30 miles from me....gas is $4.15 a gallon!!
Where is that Natalie? Because I have a hard time believing that... my Grandparents were in Mankato yesterday, and it was only $3.15 - surly it can't be THAT much in any surrounding towns.
post #27 of 28
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
Dragoriana - should I put on a helmut and strap on some rollarblades?

Yes well if you were known to pas alot of gas, and weren't to drive your car that day, it might work
post #28 of 28
Welp, I made it through the day not buying gas Now, I may run out tomorrow morning on the way to work though
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