Summary of the eRumor: A warning that gasoline prices
in the U.S. could get close to $4 a gallon by summer. The email
claims that a retired Coca Cola executive sent an idea that came from an
engineer friend who retired from Halliburton. It suggests
boycotting Exxon and Mobil, forcing them to lower prices.
The Truth: It's clever to claim that this
was suggested by an engineer who was a close friend of a retired Coca
Cola executive but that doesn't conceal the fact that the message in
this eRumor is not new. It's nearly identical to eRumors that have
circulated before calling for a boycott of Exxon and Mobil.
There have been numerous attempts at grass-roots campaigns to affect gas
and oil prices at the pumps through forwarded emails. None of them
has ever had a measurable impact on fuel sales.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
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
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,
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
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 =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 wuld 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
LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN.