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The following message (an urban legend) has shown up in emailboxes all over the internet this past week:
"Subject: DON'T PUMP GAS ON THE 15TH OF MAY
"Pass it on, tell your friends....
"In April 1997, there was a 'gas out' conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15th 2007, all internet users are asked to not to go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.
"There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) please resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, 'Don't pump gas on May 15th'."
Now, read this link:
Netlore Archive at About.com
That got me thinking: why not boycott the pump on May 15th anyway, and take a more responsible mode of transportation (walk, bike, rail, bus, roller blade, hang glider, electric car, etc.) instead? Avoid using anything which runs on fossil fuel (lawnmower, propane grill, chainsaw, etc.) and choose a greener alternative. It won't affect Big Oil in any meaningful way, but it might increase our own awareness, helping us to make better personal choices as consumers. The writing has been on the wall for some time; let's not wait until gasoline is over $5 per gallon and rationed before we have viable alternatives in place.
Some must-view links:
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (movie trailer, YouTube)
Life After The Oil Crash (website)
The End of Oil: On the Edge of a Perilous New World (book)
The Hirsch Report (download PDF)
Crude Impact: Proof of Peak Oil (movie trailer, YouTube)
Peak Oil (movie trailer, YouTube)