Help Dubya save gas, don't buy anything from Exxon-Mobil! Pass this on
I totally agree with George Bush that we should all save gas and oil.
I think we should first save Exxon-Mobil gas since it's the largest oil
company and has the most to save right?
Let's show George just how much we can save just for him!
We all have to have gas, but we don't have to have ExxonMobil gas!
So if everyone will please purchase their fuel and oil from any other
company except for Exxon-Mobil, look how much Americans can save for
George. It's the least we can do for the depressed Oil Industry. Of
course this has nothing to do with the PRICE GOUGING BY MAJOR OIL
COMPANIES and the OIL COMPANY'S MONOPOLY
Oil companies can manipulate their prices somewhat by controlling how much
gasoline they produce and where they sell it, but they can't alter the
basics of supply and demand: prices go down when people buy less of a good,
prices go up when people buy more of a good, and prices go way up when
demand outstrips available supply. The "gas out" schemes that propose to
alter the demand side of the equation by shunning one or two specific brands
of gasoline for a while won't work, however, because they're based on the
misconception that an oil company's only outlet for gasoline is its own
branded service stations. That isn't the case: gasoline is a fungible
commodity, so if one oil company's product isn't being bought up in one
particular market or outlet, it will simply sell its output to (or through)
Economics Prof. Pat Welch of St. Louis University says any boycott of "bad
guy" gasoline in favor of "good guy" brands would have some unintended (and
.. . . Welch says the law of supply and demand is set in stone. "To meet the
sudden demand," he says, "the good guys would have to buy gasoline wholesale
from the bad guys, who are suddenly stuck with unwanted gasoline."
So motorists would end up . . . paying more for it, because they'd be buying
it at fewer stations.
And yes, oil companies do buy and sell from one another. Mike Right of AAA
Missouri says, "If a company has a station that can be served more
economically by a competitor's refinery, they'll do it."
Right adds, "In some cases, gasoline retailers have no refinery at all. Some
convenience-store chains sell a lot of gasoline - and buy it all from
somebody else's refinery."
A boycott of a couple of brands of gasoline won't result in lower overall
prices. Prices at all the non-boycotted outlets would rise due to the
temporarily limited supply and increased demand, making the original prices
look cheap by comparison. The shunned outlets could then make a killing by
offering gasoline at its "normal" (i.e., pre-boycott) price or by selling
off their output to the non-boycotted companies, who will need the extra
supply to meet demand. The only person who really gets hurt in this proposed
scheme is the service station operator, who has almost no control over the
price of gasoline.
The only practical way of reducing gasoline prices is through the
straightforward means of buying less gasoline, not through a simple and
painless scheme of just shifting where we buy it. The inconvenience of
driving less is a hardship too many people apparently aren't willing to
Won't work They will just sell the gas to another seller under their name.
the only way to save gas is to actually use less. The Tuesday boycotts
don't work either as you still buy the same amount, just on a different day.
If you are serious, drive less and/or buy a smaller car with better mileage.
Turning off the AC can actually decrease mileage at higher speeds as the
aerodynamics change with the windows down. Older cars needed a lot of power
to drive the compressor, but today, it makes little difference.
A light foot certainly helps and I agree that we all can improve if we want
I'm working on getting that information with my car. It has a computer that
gives "instant mile per gallon" so I noted the readings on three sections of
highway that I usually drive a 70 mph. Each section is relatively flat for
a long time so the reading is steady. At 70, the readings were 25, 24, 26.
At 65, the readings were 25, 25, 26. I've only been able to get one reading
at 60 and that is the middle one and it was 31.
I'm unable to get the lower reading yet as I'd be run over in the morning
driving that slow. I was quite startled to see the 31 mpg and I will repeat
it so verify it. At 70 mph, my engine is running at 2,000 rpm. This was
all done on cruise control so as to remove the human factor.
The readout is also a whole number and I don't know how the computer rounds
off. While it reads 25, the actual number may vary from 24.51 to 25.49.
Considering that temperature, more or less weight in the car can also be a
factor, that is close enough to see a big trend. Every car will vary a bit
between speeds depending on gearing. I have two cars that run 2,000 rpm at
70 mph. I drove a smaller rental car on a trip and at that speed it was
running 2500. My thought was it was a nice car, but I'd not expect the
engine to last as long since it had to crank out an extra 500 turns for each
mile driven and I keep cars for 150,000 miles or so. That could be an extra
75 million revolutions.
Depends. At about 60, the wind resistance come more into play that road
resistance. Cars today are much more aerodynamic. I'm not done with my
"testing" yet so I'm not going to draw a complete conclusion. Again, what
my model car does is not necessarily the same as another due to differences
in gearing and engine size. So far, the difference between 65 and 70 is
Modern cars have the ability to get outside air through the
airconditioning vents without running the a/c compressor. You don't
need to roll down the windows.
The airconditioner compressor in ANY passenger car will use 8 to 15
horsepower. Try this: Go up a steep hill at about 20 MPH with the air
conditioner running. Turn it off and you can FEEL the power boost.
Many people habitually turn off the a/c when pulling into traffic to
give them better acceleration.
Agreed. Also take all that junk out of your trunk! Many people carry a
surprising amount of crap in their cars. It takes EXTRA power to move
that stuff. Nobody and nothing rides for free!
I love boycotts when they make since. We need to all plan trips to the
store better, takes a few less longs trips and keep our cars, trucks,
vans and SUV's tuned-up, clean air filters and an oil and transmission
additives like AMSoil, synthetic oil or QMI etc.
SUV's get a bit hit today from everything from running people over,
gobbling up too much gas, or voting for the wrong candidate.
Have you seen the latest headlines:
Florida: SUV survives fire
Texas: SUV runs over 4 people
California: SUV causes major traffic jam
Oregon: SUV causes major power failure
I AM TIRED OF PEOPLE SLAMMING SUV's! I have a Ford F150 that gets 16-17
mpg. I usually drive it alone everywhere. No one ever questions a man
and his truck that sucks gas as well as any SUV. Don't mess with a guy
and his beloved truck. Yet who drives most SUV's? Mom's that shuttle
kids to school, sports events, and trips. I wishj they would quit
slamming the Mama. At least she is not driving those old ugly station
===================Hurricane Guy wrote:
Perception is much of the battle. Many pickups are used as real life
working tools. Most are not. The perception, though, is that the guy has a
legitimate reason to drive his truck.
Many SUV's really do transport a bunch of kids to school. Most don't. The
perception is one little woman going to the grocery store for a loaf of
The reality is that 95% of us can get away with a much smaller vehicle that
gets better mileage, but we just don't. The arguments for safety, better
handling on secondary roads, etc, just don't measure up either. Very few 4
x 4's ever go off road.
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