Friday, April 15, 2005

stupid gas wars

the following excerpts are courtesy of my all-too-happy-to-forward brother whom i love dearly and who usually gives good-to-decent forwards, if not intellectually stimulating than at least morally stimulating. this email about a gas pricing war may prove to be the exception:

Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the summer and it might go higher!! Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent united action. (emphasis mine)...

the writer than loses all credibility with this next line..

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.

I'm sorry, that's just lazy. super lazy thinking combined with super lazy action. we americans have been enjoying cheap gas (compared to europe and other industrialized nations) and now we are flooded, i mean FLOODED with sport utilities vehicles that are neither very functional nor very sports-man-like. one entire gallon of gas is wasted for every teensie, weensie mile, and in an urban, congested area like the great Chi, that gallon could go out waiting for the next stop sign (OK, not very scientific, but i don't think i'm far off).

somebody tell me the function of these things. the only lives they save are the ones driving them. suv's certainly don't protect whoever gets hit by them.

the killer is that this email was supposedly written by Kerry Lyle, Director, Research Coordinator in the Interventional Cardiology Research Laboratories Division of Cardiovascular Diseases with the University of Alabama @ B'ham.

i retract from my first paragraph. i am morally stimulated, since outrage is an indication of stimulae.

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