Sunday, April 16, 2006

Boycotting - How This Actor Gets Involved in World Affairs

If I love something, I support it whole-heartedly. I'll promote shows I love, tell everyone about great classes I take, brag about stores where I got a good deal. If I feel like I've been screwed and others may get screwed, I boycott that thing and tell others about it. I'm not singing songs for the rainforest, but I am taking action by withdrawing my business.

Read this letter I got in my email:

Gentlemen,

I don't usually forward this type of information, however I felt this is worth your consideration. I am sick of spending $45 to fill up my gas tank while Shieks and Omans have fleets of Rolls Royce cars and palaces in the middle east.

GAS WAR - an idea that WILL work. This was originally sent by a retired Coca Cola executive. It came from one of his engineer buddies who retired from Halliburton. It's worth your consideration. Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $ 4.00 a gallon by next summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Phillip Hollsworth offered this good idea. This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them. BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work.

Please read on and join with us! By now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too! It is currently $2.79 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50 - $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace . . . not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas! And, we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves. How? Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war. Here's the idea: For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the two biggest companies (which now are one), EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers. It's really simple to do!

Now, don't wimp out on me at this point . . . keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!! I am sending this note to 30 people. If each of us send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) . . . and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) . . . and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth group of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it . . ... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!! Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all! (If you don't understand how we can reach 300 million and all you have to do is send this to 10 people . . .. Well, let's face it, you just aren't a mathematician. But I am . . . so trust me on this one.) :-) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on. I suggest that we not buy from EXXON/MOBIL UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN. THIS CAN REALLY WORK.

Respectfully submitted,
Gary W Thomas II, AIA Assoc.
Morley and Associates, Inc.
4800 Rosebud Lane
Newburgh, Indiana 47630
812.464.9585 (Telephone)
812.464.2514 (Facsimile)
www.morleyandassociates.com

I got a letter like the one below in my email three summers ago, so I decided to boycott Exxon and Mobil. If my gas light comes on, I'll keep driving so I don't have to stop at one of the big two. It's not that hard. Gas prices in L.A. are just under $3 a gallon right now, so I'll do anything I can to avoid the weekly scrapes of the couch cushions for gas money. I have to drive a car to get around L.A. so I can't just use public transportation or =eek= a bicycle. This is how I can help drive down gas prices. If you're in agreement, share this with a friend and hop on the bandwagon.

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