Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Crude Awakening

I got a forwarded message from my grandfather (to me and to my family) about how North Americans should boycott gas bars on September 1st to show displeasure over oil prices:

IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF NO ONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA PURCHASED A DROP OF GASOLINE FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES. AT THE SAME TIME, IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OF OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES.

THEREFORE SEPTEMBER 1st HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR BEHIND" DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THESE TWO NATIONS SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF GASOLINE THAT DAY. THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT. WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?

REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF GASOLINE GOING UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, ALL AFFECTING PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED (THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING, BUILDING MATERIALS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC.). WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO! WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DO NOT GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.

SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE SEPTEMBER 1ST A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" CHEERS ALL!!

First, writing in ALL CAPS bothers me. Second, this is foolish - denying an oil crunch is burying one's head in the sand.

So I wrote back:

Higher gas prices are a part of the new reality of the energy world (right, dad?). It we want to drive our cars as much as we do (and I drive more than any of you, guaranteed), we have to accept the fact that it will cost a $1.25 for a litre.

When the oil dries up in 40 or 50 years, we'll be begging for these prices.

So I will SPITE the September 1st spite. It's all about being spiteful.


Then dad sent me an article about the coming oil crisis - nothing groundbreaking, but it puts things into perspective.

Get the article and read it:

http://savefile.com/files/4274609

(since it's freely hosted, you'll have to fight throuh some corporate advertising)

3 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

That's some nice spite'n

9:39 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I invented the spite. It should only be used under my supervision.

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One: I love your reason for the spite... are you becoming a polluting, environment killing sucker again? God I hope so, because this blog was beginning to kill me. I will let you keep your vegetables.

Two: That email's premise wouldn't work anyway. "It has been calculated"? By who? The same guy who would not buy gas on Sept 1 I guess. That is the resolve of the email generation I guess. All talk. They might have forwarded the email, but then they drove to Wendy's.

11:58 AM  

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