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  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm
    Link: Will You Join This Facebook Protest? - Would this even work for one day? Any economic majors out there?
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    RuralNinja Male 18-29
    519 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm
    This will not work unless people drove less. Not buying gas one day doesn`t matter if you`re going to buy it the next day.
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    FUFtheKlown Male 18-29
    137 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    This crap never works
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    Turf_Moor Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    Je suis confused
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    Liquidglass Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm
    HELL no this doesn`t work, I despise it whenever someone even brings this up.

    Everyone is going to fill up within the days before the "protest" thus buying the SAME amount of gas as before.

    It`s like telling someone you`re not going to feed them for a day but you`ll give them extra food the day before. It`s retarded.

    I don`t know about anyone else but I don`t need to fill up my tank every day. So some idiots trying to pull a "protest for a day" is basically the same as a coincidence that none of them needed gas that day either.


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    RPGillespie Male 13-17
    217 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    No, this would not work. Yes, the gas companies would lose $3 Billion on March 14, but they would gain $6 Billion on March 15 when everybody fills up.
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    theend81 Male 30-39
    92 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm
    It does nothing... especially when on the 15th, they`ll have double the customers.
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    Wizensilver Male 13-17
    405 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    I don`t have a car.
    Hey, I`m helping!
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    Demonious Male 18-29
    31 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm
    It would never work on so many levels. Just because you don`t buy gas on a specific day doesn`t mean you won`t buy that same gas tomorrow or the day before. Oil companies don`t tally their sales based on one stations daily performance. If anything the only people who would notice or be hurt by this is the gas station owners who operate on very small margins. Attached is a link to really explain this in detail.
    Snopes
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    elHadji Male 70 & Over
    1456 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    Stuff like this should make you to consider alternative fuel, not more oil. Problem solving at its worst.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm
    $4.20 a gallon (Leroy`s comment in the pic)? Jeez. I worked that out to be 69 pence (UK) which is slightly more than half what we are currently paying here int he UK. We haven`t had petrol prices as low at 69 pence for 15 years. America, count your blessings.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    Sorry, 69 pence A LITRE. Not a gallon.
  13. Profile photo of Wiltron
    Wiltron Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm
    I just happen to be an econ major - however this 1000 character limit is stopping my post about these "don`t pump gas" BS scams.. I`ll have to find a place to host the document I wrote on it.
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    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
    1081 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    One of the more idiotic protests I`ve seen. For those who needed to fill up that day and are actually participating, they`ll just buy gas the very next day.
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    WorldOfJames Male 18-29
    978 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Here`s an idea, buy a goddam bicycle.
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    champbronc3 Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    No. Clearly. People do not buy gas everyday to begin with... The odds are that on the 14th they will not need gas since fill up is usually once every 7-14 days. Then factor in people will only not buy gas if they still have gas left in their car.. Very few people are going to have the luxury of not buying gas when their car runs out.

    tldr; these are 194k dumbasses
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    SteelAtlas Male 18-29
    47 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm
    Harvey, this is the internet, there is no room for your logic here !
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    strangersdk Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    No, it wouldn`t work. Why? Because everyone will just buy their gas either before or after. The monthly net profit won`t change a bit.
    Sure, it`s admirable and nice to see people doing something, but it won`t have any effect. What WOULD have an effect is going a month without gas. That would force people to use other modes of transportation.
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    Blaklesby Male 18-29
    24 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    I`m all for it. drat the muslims in Libya.
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    nurse_nancy Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:45 pm
    I`ve gotten on of these for the 12th and the 15th...and now this says the 14th. I think it`s just a load of crap because none of the dates match.
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    Anonkeys1 Male 70 & Over
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    If you buy gas today or tomorrow it wont matter, eventually you`ll have to buy gas.
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    madduck Female 50-59
    7421 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Just had American friends complaining about petrol prices, in the UK it equates to $10.69 a gallon. They think they should pay less because the uS is more spread out and they have to drive more. Lucky the settlers could get cheap petrol or they would never have colonised so far out in the sticks!
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm
    Lol I already made a comment on this here`s my solution....

    "Save energy go green with brown reduce your heating cost by lighting your farts and thinking happy thoughts!"

    It`s pretty pointless because even if everyone did it that would just increase their sale the day before and after the event.
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    malikymoo Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    i read that as middle earth for some reason instead of middle eastern...
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    fiizok Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    No, it doesn`t work. And crap like this is reason #758 why I ditched Facebook.
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    I agree with Harvey, one day doesn`t really do anything.
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    micadjems Female 18-29
    49 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    These make me so mad >:( Either use a car or don`t - don`t go bitching about gas prices if you`ve purchased a vehicle!!
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    0Sigma0 Female 30-39
    525 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    This is ridiculous and won`t make a difference at all. The police department, ambulances, utility companies, federal employees, all still have to fill up their cars. Boaters and cruise ships still have to fill up.
    And I love how a random date 14 years ago was picked as to when it was last done - long enough ago that most wouldn`t remember and would just attribute it to not remembering way back then or being before they drove, but not so long as to make it olden days.
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
    490 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    What does it matter if people don`t buy gas for one day? It`s not making them lose profit, it just makes them not gain any profit for ONE DAY.

    We still have to pay eventually, and they`ll get the $ back.
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    gandhi172 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    But March 14 is Pi Day!!!
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    dweezil Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    I love that half the request ive gotten for this are from friends who don`t even have cars. Pfff
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    lllBorislll Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    then sales double on the 15th
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:53 pm
    "Just had American friends complaining about petrol prices, in the UK it equates to $10.69 a gallon. They think they should pay less because the uS is more spread out and they have to drive more. Lucky the settlers could get cheap petrol or they would never have colonised so far out in the sticks!"

    This is like telling someone that somebody always has it worse. I don`t care if there`s someone out there who has it worse. I still have it bad, and I want to complain about it!

    Seriously, though, almost $11 a gallon is ridiculous! I`ve read somewhere that they pay like $0.04 per gallon in Kuwait. I want to pay THAT!
  34. Profile photo of ShAdOwDrAg0n
    ShAdOwDrAg0n Male 18-29
    28 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    I would laugh if the gas companies put up their prices the day after.
    ??? profit
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    duncstar Male 18-29
    238 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    Bloody Americans. Petrol (that`s the name, not gas) cost the equivalent of more than USD10 over here in the UK. Stop whinging and man up a bit.
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    Wiltron Male 18-29
    18 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    For proof on why these things wont work - from an econ major - please view: GAS Text Document
  37. Profile photo of DuckBoy87
    DuckBoy87 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm
    $3 billion lost one day, $3 billion gained several days before or after.
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    the_phantom Male 18-29
    510 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm
    sorry, busy with pi day >.>
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    Blaklesby Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm
    @duncstar
    As soon as you can spell correctly.
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    Hoofer Male 18-29
    132 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    I have a better question...what happens when there IS no gas?
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    MOTBO Male 18-29
    153 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm
    Lol on the day that I go to the gas station too
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm
    1) I`ve seen 3 or 4 of these today, they all have a different date.

    2) Even if everyone did it on the same day, it wouldn`t make an impact. It would take more than that to make a difference.

    3) There will never be enough people doing it on the same day, even if one day would be enough.
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    kawawakaba Male 18-29
    123 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm
    <-- wonders how many of the bi*ching brits have to drive 25 miles a days to get to work. If I payed what you pay for "petrol", I`d be spending $800 a month on petrol... add in my car, rent, and utilities and I have $1.25 to spend on food for the month. For you brits, that is enough to buy a can of beans.
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
    686 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm
    How about "y`all" just stop driving round in trucks with 6 litre engines that do 12 to the gallon and get their asses whooped by a 1.8 vw golf diesel that averages 50+ and join the 21st century. Oh sorry you can`t because you slap astronomical inport tax on anything not made in America.

    Have a nice day now :D
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm
    @duncstar

    Bloody brits thinking they always know it all Petrol is short for Petroleum which is crude oil. Gas is short for gasoline so gas is more accurate. Also a car hood is not a bonnet and a windshield is solid therefore not a windscreen :-p
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    We did this to limited success in San Diego a couple of years back.

    Chevron was the most expensive gas so we boycotted Cheveron forcing their price down.
    Then we boycotted the new "high" gas which was Shell.
    Then Cheveron again after Shell dropped their price.

    After a while, people lost interest and all the prices went back up.
    But it did work for a while to force companies to lower prices.
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    bram Male 18-29
    577 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm
    I buy gas when the little light comes on.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm
    @puppies04

    Not really tons of us drive foreign made autos. As for cars with big engines that`s usually people who have money to blow most people I know drive 4 cyl cars mine get about 35mpg and there`s plenty of "US made" cars that get milage like that not just foreign autos.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm
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    puppies04 Male 18-29
    686 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm
    Lmfao kawawakaba i travel 600+ miles a week to get to work, my wife does 50 miles a day my brother 60. Are you another stupid yank that thinks we all live and work in little villages and know the queen.

    P.s your math fails if you are doing 25 miles to work thats 250 a week lets assume a stupidly low figure of 25 miles to the gallon as you probably drive a "truck" thats 10 gallons a week so about $100.... do you have 8 weeks a month over there or something.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    Just to have a little of the oil $ would be amazing.
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
    6694 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm
    I am tired of $3.45 for gas.
    Im just driving less.
    It is what it is.
    If electricity was super expensive would you just stop cooking and watching tv ? No. Just like gas. You have to have it. It is what it is. You just pay the man and go on down the road.
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    MrDag0n Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm
    If you`re in the UK you would be paying $8.52 a gallon.

    Shut up.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    Not gonna work. Gas/oil companies will lower output that day to compensate.
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    hatface Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm
    194 thousand people? Thats, what? 0.03% of the population? Totally useless.
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    Swaywithme Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm
    It`s not going to work because no one is doing it globally. I`ve seen the same event so many times, all on different days.
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    duncstar Male 18-29
    238 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    I drive 1 hour and 40 minutes to work every day, and the same back and I pay about GBP100 every week on fuel, which equates to about USD160. If fuel prices here in the UK were as low as they are in the state, I`d be able to save the equivalent of about USD80.

    Stop complaining, you have it easy compared to the rest of the world.
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    belunan Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm
    I`m going to protest the protest on the 14th by topping off the tank on my smog exempt gas guzzler. Maybe I`ll let a few cents worth of gas spill on the ground for good measure.
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    TopperHey Male 18-29
    1930 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm
    "Gas is now over in places"

    LMAO. Try £1.30.
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    DingDingDong Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    Pointless unless you actually don`t drive that day. Even then the oil companies wouldn`t notice or care.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    I`m goin` for it.
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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 1:42 pm
    The biggest problem with these is everyone gets into the gas stations before they do a "gas out" and fill up so they have gas for that day.
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    robb79 Male 18-29
    21 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:46 pm
    Puppies,you are just ignorant. First you make an unwarranted derogatory comment. Then you bash Kawa about his faulty math when you obviously used your faulty reading comprehension on his post. He said "If I payed what YOU pay for "petrol", I`d be spending $800 a month on petrol" emphasis added by me. He even respected your nationalistic rant concerning the name of gasoline. Fish and Chips are cheaper here too. If you`re unhappy with the price inequalities, I suggest you move. Say hi to the Queen for me next time you see her.
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    T-Marley Male 70 & Over
    602 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    Even if it were to happen, it`s not going to hurt the oil companies, it`s going to hurt the locally owned gas stations that serve their communities and are trying to make ends meet the same as anyone else. They make no profit off of gas, but sure would miss a days worth of people who also come in for a drink or healthy snack.

    Not only that but ask yourself who is putting the most money in research for alternative energy sources? The government that just slashed our "investment" programs while leaving our "consumption" programs intact? Oil companies have seen the writing on the wall and most are evolving into "Energy" companies instead of "Oil" companies, even changing their names. The only other competition they could have in amount of money invested would be the car companies.
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    omgitsher Female 18-29
    71 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    yeah i joined that like a few days ago :) dont pump gas!
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    Magicant Female 18-29
    277 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    Pointless.
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    brownsugar3 Male 18-29
    306 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:03 pm
    My car is finally getting fixed after about 5 months of being out of service ( didn`t have the cash to afford the engine fixes)Glad I waited for gas prices to go up a little higher before I started driving again!
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    shappy Male 18-29
    757 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    lol the top comment "its 420 here"
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    M5000 Male 13-17
    173 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
    My tank is full lol. I`m not buying for a while..
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    started in Jacksonville FL from what i know

    i got a friend on FB from there and he thinks its idiotic...

    i do too...
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    Trypno Male 18-29
    474 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm
    Yep, joined a few days ago and smacked a dude down because he wrote this: "Just pay it and STFU ppl!"
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    mulan182 Female 18-29
    305 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm
    ya, i got that invite and THREW IT ON THE GROUND!!
  73. Profile photo of EntrE
    EntrE Male 18-29
    535 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:25 pm
    oh you poor crybabies. whining over american gas prizes is like complaining you don`t have enough food. although the comparison is not my best ever, it makes the point that many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many people in the world have it much worse. protesting your low american prizes is really a dick move
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
    1010 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    Cool. The next day the price will be even more than on the 13th. And people will not drive less, just not pump that day.

    But what do i care. I am Norwegian. We sell gas. As long as there are some riots n sh*t in the Middle East and .. well just war in general - we make money. That`s why we are the worlds largest weapons producer pr. capita, but we make friendly bombs that never miss. Oh, and we give out the Noble Peace price. That`s called a paradox. Last time we gave it to Barack Obama. That`s called irony. Norwegians. We don`t even understand our selves :-D
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    hellrazor236 Male 18-29
    58 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:37 pm
    First, it`s 2011, not 2007.
    Secondly $2,292,000,000 is a little over 2 billion, not almost 3 billion.
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    bleong Male 30-39
    99 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Not going to work. Monthly consumption stays the same, and gas companies don`t even notice. If you fill up the day before or after your net protest is zero.

    If we all vowed to drive 100 less miles this month that would do something.

    If everyone changed their gasoline related habits, it would help a lot of things including their own financial budgets. Protest or not, it`s a good idea. But don`t buy a brand new Prius to save the environment, that`s a waste of so much raw material and energy to make it`s sad.
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    danmw Male 18-29
    32 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    lol $3.50 a gallon is cheap. in the UK atm we are paying £1.35 a litre. which converts to just over $9 a gallon
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    samidoll Female 18-29
    616 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    @mulan, happy birthday to THE GROUND.

    meaning, uh, i agree ^_^
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    Fizban Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm
    How about people start petitioning to have electric car stations, and nuclear and solar plants built across the country, that way we wouldn`t have to rely on natural resources anymore. But no, instead we`re not going to buy gas for one day, like the petrol industries, that make billions every day, will be that hurt by the loss of 1 days profit.
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    mcfudge Male 18-29
    537 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm
    Means less people at the pumps when I go fill my expeditions 1000 gallon tank.
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 2:47 pm
    If you agree (which I can`t see why you wouldn`t)...
    *sigh* here we go again. Let`s see if I can get through this in the character limit.

    Canada is your #1 oil supplier. If everything else made sense, it would hurt us more than the ME.
    Next, unless you`re planning on not driving that day, this protest is meaningless since you`ll just end up buying that gas on another day. If you`re not driving that day, you`ll likely not be going to work either. Who ends up hurt the most? You.

    Finally... "not pumping gas" has no effect on your need for gas. The only way to stop using it is to develop alternatives - or change your lifestyle, and changing your lifestyle is out of the question for most americans.

    Lastly, this is a facebook-organized protest with little response... 4 days to go and we see... 194,000 people... 0.3% popularity?

    The only outcome of this will be increased ad revenue for FB.
  82. Profile photo of LazyMe484
    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 2:49 pm
    @mcfudge

    That`s a mighty gas tank you have.
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    Strebeck Male 30-39
    4 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    I thought we were going to protest Facebook. That, I would do.
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    missPWNAGE Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm
    @fizban

    Eletricity is generated mostly by natural gas or coal - the same crap as crude oil... and nuclear energy, if it currently replaced all carbon based fuels, will only last 30 years tops. Gotta come up with REAL alternate fuel sources, think a little harder.
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    cobrakiller Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    the only way to really hit the gas companies hard is to boycott a single company for as long as possible. they will have to lower their prices in order to get people to come to them. then everyone will go to them and the others will have to lower theirs to compete. now this is just theoretic, in reality there is not much we can do except working on bringing the worth of the dollar up.
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    evanbartlett Male 30-39
    559 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:04 pm
    The sad part is that they won`t even lose that one day`s profit, because the next day the profit will double since people only held off for one day.
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    Matholameu Male 70 & Over
    493 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm
    Thanks LazyMe484, I didn`t want to have to say it.
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    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm
    I would like to make two points to all the Europeans complaining about Americans complaining.

    1) Americans drive a LOT more than Europeans, and it`s not because gas is cheap. It`s because our towns and cities are much farther apart from yours. I live in an urban area now, but I wouldn`t be able to make it a week without making at least one 20 mile (32 km) trip in my rural hometown.

    2) We always complain. Stop complaining about us complaining.
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    yellowsquare Female 18-29
    1545 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    ***and by "much farther apart from yours", I mean "much farther apart THAN yours".
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
    598 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm
    Is this to try and put a dent in Canada`s oil industry or to try and boost sales of gas on March 15th?
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    imnakdjumpme Male 18-29
    598 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    im going to be vegetarian for 1 day to hurt the farming indusry
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    tvremote Male 18-29
    447 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    I live in New York City and don`t have a car, so I guess I will join this movement. No buying gas for me! Heck I might even go the whole year.
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    handys003 Male 50-59
    2402 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Stupid protest. It`s like those lazy ass protesters who hanging around on a street corner every once in awhile. People may agree but forget about it 10 minutes later.

    One day boycotts will not work. Effective boycotts last until the target submits even if it takes months or years. Ain`t gonna happen when a society is addicted to the black drug (oil) barons. We are their drug whores.
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    xavroche Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm
    Again? This crap comes out every couple of months. There is actually 0 economic logic to this. I`m not even going to start talking about the completely miscalculated figure of 3 billion....

    The main reason why this is retarded is that it`s not telling you to consume less gas. It`s simply telling you not to pump gas for a limited time. Basically you`d be putting in more gas the day before and the day afterwards.

    As for boycotting a single company, even if that was realistically set up and done, the basic effect would be to eventually run a company out of business, making people lose jobs in the short run. However, other companies would pick up the slack and the eventual net effect would either be no change, or could eventually even result in a temporary very slight hike in prices resulting in costs associated with the small chaos that this would cause.
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    vegascartman Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm
    When will people learn that these things never, ever, EVER work?
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    maniacalg Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Sounds like a reasonable idea. I hate it.
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    erikthevikin Male 30-39
    757 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm
    This never works.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    So, is it the 14th or the 15th???
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
    930 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm
    Someone compared the U.S. to Europe on the subject of autos LOL. The U.S. was the largest auto market in the world starting with the Ford Model T in the 40s and ending in 2009 when China finally took the top spot. Yeah Americans are definitely going to complain about gas prices. China will be joining us soon I am sure.
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    dm2754 Male 40-49
    3286 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:40 pm
    if you don`t buy gas to the you will have to buy it later. i.e. it wont work! this port is of one big pices of spam on the net
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    ForSquirel Male 30-39
    2059 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    Homefront comes out that day. I`ll be sure to gas up. Hate to have an empty tank on the way to the store.
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    terracottus Male 30-39
    280 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm
    It will probably have some effect on the market, but in long term the companies will go "meh" as we are still dependent on gas. The only way to reduce gas prize is to throw out the lobyists in Wahsington and reduce gas expenses in general.
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    ScubaFett Male 18-29
    176 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 3:47 pm
    If anything, it would work as a scare campaign for the gas industry. I mean if people were so organised to not fill up for a whole day, we may be organised to use a different power source on a larger scale in the near future which would really get them pooting bricks.
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    Boredered Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    In 2011 they did it, but we`re going to do it in 2007?? o.O
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    xavroche Male 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
    PS - I forgot to mention that the "gas out" of 1997 never happened. How does this crap even get spread around?
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    canda1985 Male 18-29
    118 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    lol $3.50 a gallon its £1.34 ($2.15)a litre here in good old rip of Briton I wish my car ran on my blood it would be less painful than going to the pumps
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    michaelcsr Male 40-49
    559 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm
    It didn`t work the last 4 times it was tried, and it won`t work now. Even if it does work, you are only hurting the mom and pop (and arab owned) stations around the country. They have already paid for the gas you "aren`t" using and the big oil companies are still distributing gas even on that day. All it will do for Chevron, Conoco and Texaco is make the higher up admin laugh at us and prove to them that we are stupid. However, the people who own the local am pm or texaco station will not make any money that day. Why hurt them? They don`t set the prices.
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    GosuPaul Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm
    Urban Legend
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    Mike1973 Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm
    If you go to Facebook and do a search for that event, there`s one for every day in March.
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    Delicateflow Female 30-39
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:46 pm
    @ xavroche: stupidity
  111. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Eletricity is generated mostly by natural gas or coal - the same crap as crude oil... and nuclear energy, if it currently replaced all carbon based fuels, will only last 30 years tops. Gotta come up with REAL alternate fuel sources, think a little harder.

    OK.

    i) Thorium cycle nuclear fission. It`s uranium that`s scarce, not all potential nuclear fuel. Thorium would last millenia, easily long enough to come up with something better.

    ii) Concentrated solar power where applicable. NOT panels - those are photovoltaic, not CSP. CSP can be done on a massive scale with cheap and plentiful materials, unlike PV. You`re from the USA, so here`s a relevant figure - you could meet the daytime electricity needs of the USA from less than 1/3rd of the Mojave desert (or any equally sunny place) using cheap CSP kit.

    iii) Wave and tidal where appropriate. That would work well in Britain due to the amount of coast and constant strong waves.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    iv) Hydroelectric. Masses of power there - most of the highest-capacity power stations in the world are hydroelectric.

    v) Geothermal where appropriate. Not very useful in most places, but it`s a useful extra in some places. Iceland gets 13% of its electricty from geothermal.

    vi) Fusion. Not yet, but scientists are getting there. JET has sustained fusion and has managed a short burst of fusion with an output of 65% of the input energy. ITER (the successor to JET) is expected to be able to peak at 10 times as much output as input and to be able to sustain economic fusion for 10 minutes. 40 years should see viable 1GW+ sustained output fusion power stations.

    There are environmental problems with solar and hydroelectric, but they do work well in appropriate places.
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    Kegomatix Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm
    Corpsecrank, this doesn`t have much to do with the subject but I just had to correct you, lest you spread your "knowledge" to someone else.

    The Ford Model T started production in 1908, and ended in 1927. There were no "new" Model T`s in the 40`s, although they did continue production of the motor until 1941.
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    jamie76 Male 30-39
    2346 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 4:58 pm
    the only thing that works is BOYCOTTING a single gas seller...then when they are hurting boycott another. Do not return to buying gas from the original one until they drastically drop prices and not until you have gone through all the other companies out there first.
  115. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm
    How about people start petitioning to have electric car stations,

    How about having *viable* electric cars first?

    At the moment, it isn`t even possible to make enough batteries to switch all cars over and that doesn`t count the requirement to replace the batteries every 100,000 miles or so because of maximum charge loss (which is pretty bad on Li-ion batteries - after 100,000 miles you`re down to about 2/3rds).

    Even if it was possible (which it isn`t), the environmental cost of it would be dreadful. It`s easy for drivers to ignore it because it happens outside their car, but it happens.

    You can`t stuff enough charge into a battery quickly enough. e.g. to charge 50KWh in 5 minutes requires about 650KW supplied to the car. How?

    If batteries become a fifth of the size and a tenth of the weight and have a fraction of the charge loss and use far less rare and harmful materials, it would be viable if twice as electricity was gener
  116. Profile photo of JoeYC
    JoeYC Male 18-29
    721 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm
    thats £0.47 if its $3.50 a gallon.. thats drating CHEAP! its at £1.30 a litre or $11.27 a gallon in the UK, stop wingeing its gonna go up anyway
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    JoeYC Male 18-29
    721 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    oh and the section thats says if all users dont go to the pump on the 14th will save 2292,000,000usd are wrong, they are basing that as if everyone needs to fill up their tank everyday with $30 of fuel... wrong!
  118. Profile photo of xavroche
    xavroche Male 30-39
    819 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:22 pm
    "the only thing that works is BOYCOTTING a single gas seller...then when they are hurting boycott another. Do not return to buying gas from the original one until they drastically drop prices and not until you have gone through all the other companies out there first."

    Actually this stupidity would not work. Even if you put this kind of thing in place, as long as your overall consumption didn`t change all you`d be doing would be creating instability for retailers. If anything, the chaos that this would cause would create associated costs and slightly raise the price of gas...
  119. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    I have a question, especially for those who think boycotting a seller is a good way to get prices reduced:

    Do retail gasoline sellers make much of a profit on it in the USA?

    Or, to put it another way, can they reduce their prices much, if at all?

    I`m asking because here in the UK petrol stations make almost no profit on selling petrol and diesel. The main profit is from petrol stations effectively being general stores, with the fuel sales being mainly something to bring in customers.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    March 10, 2011 at 5:45 pm
    "Do retail gasoline sellers make much of a profit on it in the USA? ... can they reduce their prices much, if at all"

    My understanding is that the Gas Corporations set the prices and the terms of the franchise are that the station owners have to sell at that price.

    Last year a guy celebrated his 25th year in business by selling gas at the price he did on day 1.
    Gas Corporation called him and made him stop.
  121. Profile photo of EvilBigHead
    EvilBigHead Male 30-39
    83 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm
    Don`t be stupid. It`s not like this is new, and it`s not like it`s ever worked.
    Snopes, bitches!
  122. Profile photo of DrProfessor
    DrProfessor Male 18-29
    3894 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm
    Look. This is dumb. If you don`t fill up that day, you`ll still need to fill up another day.

    Make "ride your bike" week, or something. If you`re still driving your car, you`re still part of the problem.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    What the...?
  124. Profile photo of RyanHake
    RyanHake Male 18-29
    2690 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm
    This is far from new, I was invited to one the other day of course which is `Going on right now` ha. Never works, never will.
  125. Profile photo of FaLa620
    FaLa620 Male 30-39
    80 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm
    This won`t solve anything, if anything will hurt the economy more.

    The big oil companies only own about 10% of the gas stations you see. The rest are independent and local companies.

    The prices you see are based on future price estimates, and individual gas stations have very little say in what they charge. Long before the gas is delivered to the station, the oil companies have already gotten their money.

    When the prices jump overnight, stations tend to lose money. When prices fall, gas station chains keep their prices high a bit longer to try to get back some of what they lost when prices went up.

    But the bottom line is this - If you boycott gas stations, you don`t hurt the oil companies one bit - they`ve already gotten their money. You hurt the gas stations, who are already making extremely small profits on gas sales, and who stand to lose money when prices spike. You`re hurting local businesses and their employees, which hurts the local economy
  126. Profile photo of Nebbie
    Nebbie Male 18-29
    864 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm
    Then they make that money back on March 15th when everyone realizes they need gas now. Stupid.
  127. Profile photo of K3vin
    K3vin Male 18-29
    487 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:01 pm
    This `idea` has been going on forever but never works for the obvious reason... People will need gas the next day.

    A more effective method would be to boycott a particular gas station (non independent) and fill up elsewhere. But in Canada there`s a serious lack of competition, and refiners and distributors have agreements to share fuel so you`ll end up buying from someone else anyway.

    Only way to win is to not use gasoline.
  128. Profile photo of zombunny
    zombunny Female 18-29
    2525 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm
    I thought "gas out" involved farting under a blanket and pulling it over someone`s head, so I said I was attending. Oh well.
  129. Profile photo of verinon
    verinon Male 18-29
    335 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    I don`t buy gas anyway, so I win.
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    Lilou88 Female 18-29
    112 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm
    Yeah, no. Coming straight out of my econ. classes, there is no way that this would work.
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    MCMXCIII Male 18-29
    356 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:51 pm
    This (the protests) will not work.

    However, with continuously rising gas price, I can see another turbulent period ahead...
  132. Profile photo of Fizban
    Fizban Male 18-29
    125 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm
    @Angilion

    Yeah, I realize that electric cars really aren`t that great, they`re just the most popular alternative at the moment and I was just trying to list something relate-able other than gas powered cars for people to get behind. Also, that you for the retort against missPWNAGE`s statement.

    And while I`m at it...

    @missPWNAGE
    I know that around 60% of electricity, at least in the US, is produced by coal and oil. That is why I said we should support nuclear power (which is completely viable, thorium and fusion, as also stated by Angilion)`AND` solar (also completely viable which you seemed to overlook).
  133. Profile photo of Gentle-Tramp
    Gentle-Tramp Male 13-17
    498 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 9:27 pm
    its 2.5 dollars for 1 liter where i live :S
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    dude21862004 Male 18-29
    768 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm
    It says May 15th 2007 in the "more info" section.
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    AngryYouth Male 18-29
    734 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    3.59 where I live. I do believe that a gas boycott of a single station could result in that single station lowering their prices. They do have some room for changing their prices. But, I wouldn`t expect $0.30 or anything.
  136. Profile photo of taylor_stone
    taylor_stone Male 30-39
    2688 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm
    LMAO @ the "No Gas Day" going around... It doesn`t work... The oil company STILL gets money. You don`t fill on March 31st, you`ll just have to put MORE into your car on April 1st... Or you put gas in on March 30th so you`d have gas to make it through... Either way, the oil company LAUGHS at these attempts at boycotts. The way to hurt them is to have longer boycotts... Not days... Not even weeks... MONTHS is what it takes to hurt them, and even THEN, they`d figure you`d have to buy gas EVENTUALLY and could easily justify ignoring the boycott. The only real way to make the oil companies lower their prices is to eliminate their ability to profit, and that requires not using your vehicle unless absolutely necessary, or finding NON gas fuel based transportation. Oil companies are PREPARED for such boycotts anyway, keeping months worth of projected profits banked away so they are safe.
  137. Profile photo of Lauryn
    Lauryn Female 18-29
    437 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    Damn.. How many litre`s in a gallon?

    I was gonna complain that its like $1.45 per litre here until i saw gentle-tramp`s comment... sux to be you LOL.
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    taylor_stone Male 30-39
    2688 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 10:24 pm
    Side note:

    Bottled water is $1.49 for a 20 oz bottle... That`s nearly $9 for 6 bottles to make a gallon of WATER!!!!!!! And we`re pissing and moaning over paying $3.50 a gallon for gas?
  139. Profile photo of RETARDEDBEAR
    RETARDEDBEAR Male 18-29
    437 posts
    March 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm
    The logic behind this "gas out" is mind bogglingly flawed.

    "Bottled water is $1.49 for a 20 oz bottle... That`s nearly $9 for 6 bottles to make a gallon of WATER!!!!!!!"

    You are paying for the convenience. Water at my local grocery store is under a dollar per gallon.
  140. Profile photo of CoyoteKing
    CoyoteKing Male 18-29
    2988 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 12:23 am
    Harvey`s comment in the picture sums it up nicely
  141. Profile photo of 3002-3038
    3002-3038 Female 18-29
    633 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 12:40 am
    if it just so happens that i don`t need to fill ym tank on the 14th i`ll join, but otherwise, i have work i need to go to. in which i need a car,
    with gas...
  142. Profile photo of Komarov
    Komarov Male 18-29
    56 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 12:49 am
    Unfortunately, some of us have jobs that require a fair bit of driving, and simply can`t just not buy gas for a day.
  143. Profile photo of TokioKoos
    TokioKoos Female 18-29
    412 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 1:31 am
    American gas is so cheap! O_O We pay almost twice as much as that here in Holland, and that`s in Euros, not Dollars!
  144. Profile photo of raven_mac
    raven_mac Male 18-29
    303 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 1:43 am
    @RETARDEDBEAR & taylor_stone
    Where do you buy your bottled water?
    I get mine for $4 per 28 case of 20 oz.
    Doing the calculations...that`s 4.375 gallons for $4.24.
    ... $0.969 per gallon of bottled water.
    thats if i want a new case rather then filling one or a few up again and again.


    However, i already filled my car up this week, so i guess i will not be filling up either.
  145. Profile photo of perculator
    perculator Male 18-29
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    March 11, 2011 at 1:54 am
    I live in UK, our Petrol prices are around £1.29 per litre, that`s around £5 per US gallon and at todays UK exchange rate around $8 US. Put that on top of rising insurance prices and Road Tax prices that increase dependant on the size of engine, I`m Skint... Would love American fuel prices.
  146. Profile photo of lisalezah
    lisalezah Female 18-29
    255 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 2:19 am
    Don`t know what everyones complaining about. It`s almost twice that in NZ. And yes I`ve done the calculations!
  147. Profile photo of Agent00Smith
    Agent00Smith Male 18-29
    2581 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 2:32 am
    I haven`t used gas in a coons age, The court system took my license years ago and I`ve been riding a bicycle ever since. Hard to get a job... but I`ve never been healthier!
  148. Profile photo of Schr0dinger
    Schr0dinger Male 50-59
    359 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 3:28 am
    No it would not work. But if we all didnt buy gas from Mobil for a week, they would start a price war and all gas would come down. Maybe we spend a dime more a galon for a little while but the pay-off would be huge in no time.
  149. Profile photo of Hiromi
    Hiromi Female 18-29
    1149 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 3:40 am
    I`ve gotten an invite to that..
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    thatwasCRAP Male 18-29
    58 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 4:16 am
    wish fuel here(UK) was as cheap as that, feckin £10 for 7(roughly) lousy litres.

    price of petrol has just risen here to £1.33 per litre and diesel is £1.39
  151. Profile photo of DJDoubleb
    DJDoubleb Male 30-39
    382 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 6:06 am
    @Schr0dinger: Even that wouldn`t work. The other oil companies would not have enough ready to distribute to handle all of mobile`s customers, So they would have to buy ready made gas to handle the demand. Guess who they buy it from? Mobile
  152. Profile photo of danthew
    danthew Male 18-29
    2122 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 6:17 am
    Jees, you Americans have it easy, $3.50 a gallon! In England it works out as about $7.88 a gallon.
  153. Profile photo of mosko
    mosko Male 18-29
    21 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 6:59 am
    $3.50??? what id do to pay as little as that for petrol....
  154. Profile photo of DeltaForce
    DeltaForce Male 18-29
    32 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 8:06 am
    You can`t hold out forever. Big Oil win. If that extra 8-10% cost on gas breaks the bank, ride a bike, bus, or walk, jeez
  155. Profile photo of YLE
    YLE Female 18-29
    961 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 8:22 am
    yes! please do! i work at a gas station, i could actually just sleep!

    and yeah, americans have it easy. german gas prices are like 3 euro a liter
  156. Profile photo of dang007
    dang007 Male 30-39
    596 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 8:35 am
    Lets see if I happened to own a station and saw this actually happening I would raise my price the same day on the assumption that a much higher than average number of people would need to fill up the next day causing some of my competitors to run out of gas and sending customers to my newly repriced pumps.
  157. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 8:39 am
    @mosko

    Here`s what you do then move to the USA. How much are you paying in taxes when you buy gas???
  158. Profile photo of taylor_stone
    taylor_stone Male 30-39
    2688 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 11:45 am
    @dang007

    You bring up a good point, which is kind of the aftershock of what I mentioned in my earlier post... Rather than lowering the price, this boycott will RAISE them because the station owners know that people will still need to fill up the following day... Sorry people, oil companies have us by the balls and there`s not much we can do about it until we find a means of transportation that doesnt use gas, then mass distribute it. (For those saying walking is the best option, I work several towns away (and I`m sure many others do as well, and my job requires me to transport residents to appointments... In some cases, driving is necessary...)
  159. Profile photo of bucksteeth
    bucksteeth Male 18-29
    134 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm
    the funny thing is, gas should cost around 3-4 dollars a liter. the only reason that it`s low in north america is because the government pays big oil to keep the price down. when gas starts costing what it should, there will be an increase in local production and long term, the prices of most everything else will drop. there will also be some incentives for car manufacturers to finally produce a car that won`t be using the outdated tech that has been available and has not changed much in the last 100 years. the internal combustion engine is so last century ffs.
  160. Profile photo of panda_chaos
    panda_chaos Female 18-29
    235 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm
    Harvey is right. Protesting against a gas company is like protesting against oxygen. You`re gonna need it eventually.
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
    3001 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm
    the uk has the highest tax on gas. it upsets me greatly
  162. Profile photo of ledouxrt
    ledouxrt Male 30-39
    321 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm
    I`ll participate, only because I just filled up on gas today and won`t need any that soon :P
  163. Profile photo of whyme73
    whyme73 Male 18-29
    469 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 4:10 pm
    I doubt it would work just because of one day.
  164. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm
    Yeah, I realize that electric cars really aren`t that great

    It`s much worse than that.

    It`s not that they aren`t that great (although they aren`t), it`s that with current technology it`s impossible to switch over to EVs on a large scale and monumentally environmentally damaging to try.

    It is possible to make a great EV. Top speed won`t reach supercar levels, but you could push 150mph in a well made powerful EV and that`s more than enough unless you`re racing. Acceleration can spank ICEVs six ways from Sunday until you get to custom-built ICEV drag racers - electric motors are torque-heavy and have a much flatter torque curve. Everything else can be the same as an ICEV because it doesn`t depend on the engine.

    But as yet EVs just aren`t practical on a small scale and are impossible on a large scale. We need FAR better batteries and far more electricity generation.
  165. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 4:22 pm
    EVs might (might, not will) be viable in the future.

    i) Batteries. There are working prototypes of new types of batteries that have 5 times the charge to mass ratio of Li-ion and the researchers expect to get that up to 10x. At 10x, a battery storing enough charge for a useful (~250 miles) range would weigh ~50Kg. It would also be far smaller. That makes battery swapping stations viable - drive in, swap drained battery for charged one from the station, pay, drive out. 5 minutes and you`ve completely refueled, i.e. like an ICEV. The battery you swapped out recharges in the station, so it doesn`t matter if it takes 4 hours from an industrial power socket.

    ii) Big increase in generating capacity (to recharge all those batteries). Viable with a mixed bag of sources (nuclear, solar, wave+tidal, hydro, etc).

    It could be done.

    But not right now.
  166. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
    12390 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm
    In case anyone thinks I`m talking rubbish about acceleration, I`ll link to a couple of videos of an electric 1972 Datsun 1200. Maybe he deliberately picked a rubbish car to mod, I don`t know.

    10.424

    Enough torque to cause this off the line.

    He`s still developing it. Current figures are 0-60 is 1.8s, 1/4 mile is 10.258 @123.79

    There are faster-accelerating EVs, but this one is street legal.
  167. Profile photo of OldSmelly
    OldSmelly Male 30-39
    22 posts
    March 11, 2011 at 10:16 pm
    The price of oil isn`t going up, it`s the value of the dollar that is going down.

    In 1947 a gallon of gas cost 23c so you could buy a gallon of gas with a quarter. However, then, that quarter was made from quarter of an once of silver. If you had one of those coins today you could exchange it for Federal Reserve Notes. How much? The same amount you`d need for a gallon of gas.
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    theCherBears Female 18-29
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    March 12, 2011 at 9:31 am
    The event that is being sent through all of my friends right now is to not buy Gas on April 15th, so I don`t think this is going to make the big impact they want to see if there are different groups for different days. And I agree with whyme, I don`t think it would work if its only one day.
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    zfolwick Male 18-29
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    March 13, 2011 at 6:54 am
    no it won`t. people will buy gas the next day.

    Now.... an entire OPERATING cycle? Don`t buy gas MONTH? There`s an idea...
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    kula35 Male 18-29
    159 posts
    March 13, 2011 at 11:25 pm
    Pi day?
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    March 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm
    Not enough people on fb to do it, and who would really care
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    Guadalajara Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2011 at 4:06 pm
    It wouldn`t really "put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry" that much. The US gets almost half of its oil domestically, and then even half of its imports come from places in the western hemisphere. In fact, only 16% of the oil that the US consumes comes from Middle Eastern countries. So we`d really be sticking it to ourselves, Canada and Mexico, if this even worked (which it wouldn`t). Also, the previous "gas out" did not work and the price of gas did not drop 30 cents over night.

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