Boycott Exxon and Mobil?-Fiction!

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.

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.

Updated 4/13/06