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The ONLY control WE have is on the DEMAND side! Price IS a Rationing Mechanism.
It is USELESS to treat this as a 'political' issue. I've observed over 40 years it makes little difference WHICH 'Republicrats' are in office!
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4 STOP paying for Terrorism
5 You can help get Gas $ Down
#2 - Ways to Save Gas and Money
Individual situations vary, and none of these ideas would be right for everyone. We don't all have to do all of these, but the more people do some of them, the better.
A - Minimize gas guzzler use. Trade in your gas guzzler for an economy car, or motorcycle. Get a hybrid car.
B - Vehicle MAINTENANCE: Make sure your tires are always fully inflated, and vehicle is tuned up. Both of these can make a BIG difference, + give improved SAFETY.
C - Use buses or public transit, car pool, walk, or ride a bicycle.
D - Shop ONLINE or from CATALOGS
E - Bundle errands - don't make wasted trips. Use SHOPPING LISTS, so you won't make extra trips for forgotten items.
F - Move closer to your job/kids/parents - wherever you have to travel regularly. Folks, I don't see this being a short term thing. The Arabs (and gas companies) are committing extortion here.
G - Minimize Electric use - Appliances - For areas that are using oil to produce electricity, get RID of those stoopid hand dryers, and bring back paper towels. Also, use paper bags, not plastic. Plastic is made from PETROLEUM. We CAN grow more trees (FL, GA, and other states have millions of acres of tree farms). We CAN NOT grow more oil.
H - Avoid using plastic as much as possible. See G, above. Also, use more cotton and natural fibers. Avoid synthetics that are petroleum based.
I - Watch YOUR DRIVING HABITS. You can make a HUGE difference in your own gas mileage by the way you drive. I happen to have one of those new vans which has a button to tell me my average gas mileage at any time. I've managed to exceed the (excellent) stated mileage ratings for this vehicle by about 20%, just by keeping the rpms low while driving. By driving 70 mph instead of 75, it saves about 10%, and another 10% by driving 65. This particular vehicle seems to do it's very best at about 64 mph. I DO NOT think we want another 'National Speed Limit'. My particular vehicle does WORSE at 60 and 55 mph. Vehicles have been redesigned in past years, and it is very unlikely that forcing them all to go unnaturally slowly would have any beneficial effects. But each of us can get to know our own vehicle, and decide whether it's worth it to us to save up to 25% on our gas costs, without having to reduce our traveling.
More Driving Habits (sent in by a contributor) - Driving IN town, TURN OFF AC & open windows. Driving on HIGHWAY use a/c, windows closed, as wind drag will increase gas use. Don't accelerate at top speed, slowly build up to speed level. Stay at a constant speed, don't go up and down.....use cruise control at lower speed (55-65).
This is just a short list of ways to cut your gasoline expenses. If you have ideas that work, that you don't see here, please use the link below to send them to me. I will post them here.
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#4 - 'Just Say NO' to Terrorism
We CAN buy gasoline that's not from the Middle East. Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor. An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS. Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends. I thought it might be interesting for you to know:
Which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 - 8/31/01 - SOMEONE please send me an update for this, and I will post it here - thanks):
Shell 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway 17,740,000 barrels
Amoco 62,231,000 barrels
If you do the math at $30/barrel - no, as of 8/05 try $65/barrel!!!, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (36.5 billion!!!)
Here are some large companies that do NOT import Middle Eastern oil:
Citgo 0 barrels
Sunoco 0 barrels
Conoco 0 barrels
Sinclair 0 barrels
BP/Phillips 0 barrels
Hess 0 barrels
All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing. They report on a monthly basis. Keep this list in your car; share it with friends.
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#5 - Help Keep Gas Prices Down
The economic law of supply & demand is just as much a fact of life as the law of gravity. Whenever the supply of something is low in relation to the demand, prices RISE. But whenever demand falls, prices also fall. This is why after 9/11/2001 prices came down - there was a sudden drop in demand, as many people stopped traveling.
Now, with the threat of war, prices have gone up again. In times of war, military needs for gasoline act to decrease the supply for domestic uses. If at the same time domestic demand doesn't change, prices rise. How can gasoline prices be kept down? We need to decrease demand, and then prices will fall again - or at least stop going up.
There is a very simple thing each of us can do to insure a quick reduction in demand for gasoline, and help keep prices DOWN.
The higher gas prices are, the less I will buy at one time. If the price is a bit more than I think I should have to pay, I will only buy 10 GALLONS, rather than fill up. And I always make some comment while paying for my gas, such as, 'I'm rationing gas - there's no point in filling up my 25 gallon tank at these prices.' 'It's always a little cheaper somewhere down the road.' One of my favorite comments that almost always gets a laugh from the clerks (or other people standing in line), is 'We're not the government - we can't just print ourselves some more money every time they want more for gas.' If prices are considerably higher than I like, I will only buy 5 GALLONS - or even 1, 2, or 3 gallons - with these ridiculous $2+ prices - at a time.
When I don't have a full tank, I always tend to be a bit more conservative in my driving. I will think twice before running to the store, and will try to do all my errands in one trip rather than several. I actually do use less gas when I don't have a full tank, and especially when prices are high. And if even a percentage of each gas station's customers were doing as I am every day, their BOTTOM LINE (cash receipts) would drop immediately! And if a lot of people were doing as I am, overall demand (and prices) would drop. We can even get some GAS WARS going in some locations! It costs them $ to store gas that isn't selling. On the production end, the tanks FILL UP, and they HAVE to empty them to make room for the new production, or shut down their wells. That costs them A LOT.
We have done a lot of cross country traveling due to our dog showing activities - sometimes about 40,000 miles per year. Whenever I have a van full of kids and dogs, I have to stop pretty frequently anyway. It isn't that much more trouble, and gives me great satisfaction to tell people (politely, or in a joking manner) why I am only buying 5 (or 10) gallons. If I know I am heading into a part of the country that always has higher prices, I do want to fill my tank before I go that way, but will stop at several stations and get 5 gallons each time, rather than filling up at one place.
When I don't have a full tank, and I do see cheaper gas, I have room in my tank to take advantage of it. But even then, I'm careful NOT to fill it up. 5 or 10 gallons is OK. Often enough, it's a few cents cheaper somewhere else. And, though it doesn't seem like much, it adds up over a 40,000 mile year!
This is just common sense conservation. We can all choose to do this anytime. If supply and demand gets far out of whack, the government will probably legislate rationing anyway. Why not start now, ourselves, and help keep those gas prices down? When the government did it, they just made a WORSE MESS of it!
Say 'YES' to Voluntary Gas Rationing
DON'T Fill Up - Buy 5 or 10 GALLONS
OR even, with prices at such horrendous
levels, 1 - 2 - or 3 gallons!!!!
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#3 Have you heard that
boycotting middle east oil
just won't work?
Perhaps it is true we probably won't succeed in shutting down OPEC this way. It has been pointed out that if sales of companies who import oil go down, that sales of the other companies will go up, and they will then have to increase their supplies by buying from the middle east.
Then again, maybe this is just what those who make all this money from this oil want us to think. This assumes that demand (number of barrels consumed) remains the same. This is why it is very important to not only boycott middle east oil, but to also reduce consumption of gasoline.
In addition to using as many of the gas saving ideas listed above as possible, give them the old 1-2 - BOYCOTT AND RATION. We should be able to make enough of a dent in sales of middle east oil to be noticed. And it makes me feel good to do it anyway.
#1 - Gas prices affect our whole
We aren't the government. We can't just print ourselves up some more $ just because gas costs more. I don't care WHAT the news people are saying. They are experts at directing 'sheeple' the way they want, and pulling the wool over our eyes.
Here's some (un)common sense. Look at YOUR OWN budget. Compare how much you were spending for gas 10, 5, and 1 year ago to what you're spending now. Let me know what OTHER part(s) of YOUR budget the extra gas money you're spending now has come from. Give me an estimated $ amount for each budget category that has lost out to YOUR increased gas budget. If you can also give your total budget, I can make percentages of it all for the report.
If you've cut down on automobile travel, give an estimate of that, also. Locations that depend on tourists for a lot of their income are hard hit by reductions in travel.
Or, if you are like many others, you haven't yet cut your spending - your DEBT has grown, and your credit cards have been taking up the slack. Let me know also if this is the case, and an estimate of $ amount.
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