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Re: [GreenYes] Fw: How To Drive Down Gas Prices
Does it really matter who gets it?  If we're such a nation of sheep to believe the Madison Avenue rhetoric of the oil companies, then we should be boiled in the very substance against which we rail.

As to the boycott, I'd gladly boycott any gas company if I thought it would result in long-term change toward a reduction in our dependence on fossil fuels.  To boycott for the sake of lowering gas prices seems rather contradictory to that end.  However, I don't own a Lincoln Navigator and do carpool to work everyday.  For what it's worth, those are my current contributions to reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.




B. Wayne Turner
City of Winston-Salem
Utilities Division
phone: (336) 727 8418
email: waynet@cityofws.org

>>> "Pete Pasterz" <ppasterz@pplant.msu.edu> 04/15/02 12:32PM >>>
A couple of related questions:

Who gets that extra $1.50 - $1.75??   ExxonMobil?   Will they just spend this windfall to lobby government and to place even more ads to the public to further their crusade that Global Warming is just fiction??

What about the current boycott of ExxonMobil on this issue?   Should it be stopped because a "success" would lead to them lowering their prices, with others following suit per the logic in the original post??

>>> "Wayne Turner" <WAYNET@cityofws.org> 04/15/02 12:13PM >>>
Sharon, I have to agree with you.  Let the gas prices reach $3/gallon and then maybe we will begin to reduce our dependence on ALL fossil fuels, whether found domestically or abroad.  It may be troubling and painful initially, but then maybe alternative, cleaner fuels can compete economically with gas.


B. Wayne Turner
City of Winston-Salem
Utilities Division
phone: (336) 727 8418
email: waynet@cityofws.org 

>>> <Sharon_Gates@ci.long-beach.ca.us> 04/15/02 11:40AM >>>
After having seen this message 3 or 4 times over the past couple of weeks, 
I have to ask:  Do we really want to drive down gas prices?  Are 
artificially low gas prices in the long-term interest of anyone?  Clearly, 
low gas prices are in the short-term interests of the oil companies, the 
conventional car manufacturers, big driving destinations such as Disney, 
etc.  I believe that what we really want to "drive down" is the cost of 
personal access to our places or work, recreation, education, etc.  We can 
do this in a much more sustainable manner by increasing the availability 
of public transportation, working to create less auto-dependent cities, 
and decreasing the petroleum-dependency of our vehicles (through such 
measures as increased fuel efficiency, alternative fuels, etc.).  Low gas 
prices just make doing the "right thing" harder to sell to those "driven" 
by the bottom line.

Sharon Gates
Recycling Specialist
City of Long Beach, California
Phone: 562/570-4694
Fax: 562/570-2861

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