Call for a Boycott of Exxon and Mobil-Fiction!
Summary of 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.
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.