I've been getting a lot of e-mails lately about a gas boycott. There is a post circulating on MySpace about a 1 day gas boycott, a continuing effort to boycott Citgo and Chavez, and the ever popular boycotting of the 2 biggest oil companies, all in an effort to lower gas prices (and, in the case of Citgo, take money away from our enemy, Chavez)
While I certainly agree with the sentiment, none of these measures is going to have any positive significance whatsoever! First, a one day boycott doesn't affect the flow of gas at all. it simply moves up or back a day or so when you are going to buy it. The same amount gets purchased from the same companies. As for the case of Citgo or the Big Two, this would, at first, seem to make sense. After all, if you quit buying from one or two companies and buy elsewhere, they should lower their prices to get your business back. Unfortunately, the oil companies are way ahead of that ploy. They have spent decades insulating themselves from potential problems.
ALL the oil companies buy and sell from one another, especially in times of need. If there is a boycott of Exxon and Citgo, for example, all those customers have to buy from someone else. That someone else is soon going to face a shortage from the extra business. They, in turn, will buy the unused oil from Exxon and Citgo at a premium price and pass that premium price along. The boycott would do nothing but RAISE the price of gasoline!
The thought to buy less gasoline is a good one but, as people are inclined to do, we are looking for a fast fix to the problem of high gas prices when one doesn't exist. We need to permanantly reduce our need for oil. I'll leave that blog for someone else. Perhaps future eco-terrorist Ann Guy will weigh in on the many benefits of alternative forms of energy?