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August 21, 2005

No Gas Day (Bollocks)

Filed under: humor,rants — Alfonso Surroca @ 9:28 am

I recieved the following nonsense message yesterday:

—————– Bulletin Message —————–
From: [a sheep]
Date: Aug 20, 2005 9:14 PM

august 31 no gas day!
Body: august 31 no gas day!
Due to the outrages increase in gas, August 31(Wednesday) has been declared a NO GAS DAY!

DON'T BUY GAS ON THE 31st! SEND THE OIL COMPANIES A LESSON! SPREAD THE WORD!

This nonsense has been spreading around the Internet for ages. The article I linked to explaines why it doesn't work:

"Gasoline is a fungible, global commodity, its price subject to the ordinary forces of supply and demand. No amount of consumer gimmickry and showmanship will lower its price in the long run; only a significant, continuous reduction in demand will accomplish that goal.

In fact, a good portion of gas prices goes to taxes–some $0.40 per gallon here in the US, IIRC. The main reason why Europeans pay between $3.50 – $6.50 per gallon of gas right now is because, instead of ~$0.40 per gallon, they're taxed some $3.00 per gallon.

Perhaps, if the Federal, state, and local governments eliminated the tax on gas entirely, we would be paying $2.00 per gallon rightnow, instead of $2.70. Of course, the Department of Transportation would lose a lion's share of funding for important things people take for granted… like building and maintaining our roads.

Any guess as to the other main reason why we're paying so much? Because the demand for gas is so high that OPEC countries are struggling to refine enough gas to meet our demand, and price increases are an attempt to stave off that demand.

In other words, instead of buying no gas for one day, if people in the US would make a conscious effort to reduce their annual gasoline requirements, by, say 30Àthen demand would decrease, and as per Economics 101, prices would decrease accordingly.

SUVs outsell cars in the US, and economy cars are a dying breed. If it were the other way around, the US probably require half the gasoline they need today. And the price would "magically" drop down significantly. But, that will never happen, because we love our fuel-inefficient cars too much, and we love driving aimlessly too much, and we love idling our cars while talking on the celphone too much.

Expect gasoline prices to continue their indelible rise unabated through the summer, drop a tad during the winter (because demand decreases during winter months as people drive less), and continue marching upward once again next year, ad infinitum. In other words, because our habits are primarily responsible, and our habits will never change as a nation, you had better get used to these prices, and everytime you drive less than two miles when you could have walked, everytime you leave your car idling, everyime you take joy rides, know that it's your fault.

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1 Comment

  1. […] been seeing the Facebook group How to get GAS back down to $1.30 per gallon popping up lately. I already ranted on this nonsense the last time I got wind of a word-of-mouth movement to lower gas prices using […]

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