The thrust of the email is that we the poor oil-guzzling consumers are being ripped off by those mean, nasty oil companies who are changing extortionate amounts for the black gold that so many pour into their vehicles each day. The email encourages consumers to fight back against this awful, awful injustice which empoverishes us, we the bright sparks of the wide brwon land should boycott the two major petrol vendors, Mobil and BP, in the hope that they will lower their prices and hence start a price war. Okay, got that?
The email is monumentally stupid for multiple reasons, and it is surprising that intelligent, respectable people have decided to forward it in the hope of achieving their petrol-soaked orgy.
First, the fundamental practical argument. Petrol prices are high because oil is resource of which supply is dwindling whilst demand is ever increasing. It's simple free-market economics, and no amount of industry price tit-for-tat can obscure the fact that the scarsity of oil is a reality, and prices will continue to rise.
Secondly, the philosophical argument. Why are enlighted people becoming so incredibly vain and self-indulgent in deciding that petrol prices is their cause celebre. The campaign posits petrol consumers as poor, innocent victims desperately needing to be freed from their hated oppressors. One can well imagine the Tsunami victims of Banda Aceh taking pity upon the poor motorist of Kew, forced to pay $1.35... YES, A DOLLAR THIRTY FIVE... for their petrol this winter. They know a real tragedy when they see it.
Thirdly, and most importantly, the alternative. Consumers would be much better served by developing alternative fuels rather than bitching and moaning like spolit kids over the price of petrol. For the first time in ages, alternative fuel sources like hydrogen and ethanol are being taken seriously, and this can be directly attributed to the fact that high oil prices are making the alternatives more relatively viable. This is the future of energy production, and the sooner we embrace it, the sooner we can move toward containing the cost of living... oh yeah, and saving the planet.
Anyhow, enough from me... here's Barry's plan which got me all fired up:
Petrol prices - worth thinking about!
I called the number on the bottom of the email, and it is for real. This initiative does come from Barry Minster, worth calling and chatting to him if you need reassurance.
Apparently we are going to hit close to $1.35 a litre by the winter. If this happens the prices will flow on down to the price of every thing we buy! Want petrol prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action. Philip Hollsworth, offered this good idea.
This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy petrol 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 petrol. 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.
Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP at .89 / .95 cents, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their Petrol!
And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.
Here's the idea:
For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY petrol from the two biggest oil companies (which now are: BP and Mobil). If they are not selling any petrol, 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 BP petrol 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 a lot of people. If each of you 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 generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!
Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. That's all. (and not buy at BP and Mobil) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email 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.
PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE 80 cents a LITRE RANGE.
It's easy to make this happen. Just forward this email, and buy your petrol at Shell, Caltex, GAS. or Gull Outlets and drive past BP and MOBIL Stations.
Barry Minster ~ National President
Ex Service, Service & Veterans Party
13 Ermington Place
Telephone: 03 9816 9713