[Chat] It's worth a try

Brad Schlegel william.schlegel at us.army.mil
Sun May 6 14:49:34 EDT 2007

I thought this was "debunked" several weeks ago on this list.  Again, this 
is a "false item" per SNOPES:


W. Brad Schlegel
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: <dawnacobb at mindspring.com>
To: <chat at charlesvillage.info>
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2007 10:53 AM
Subject: [Chat] It's worth a try

> Hi all... I usually don't pass things like this on, but this one might 
> work...My aunt who lives in California sent it to me... The idea is to 
> stopy buying gas from Exxon and Mobile.  If enough folks do that, they 
> might lower their prices.  Check it out... Dawna Cobb
> 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 wi th 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 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 sends it to at least 
> ten more (30 x 10 =3D 300) ... and those 300 send it to at least ten more 
> (300 x 10 =3D 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
> 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, di d 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 

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