Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: THE GREAT GAS OUT
THE GREAT GAS OUT
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 18:04:59 -0400
This is one of the stupidest ideas I've heard in a long, long time!
First of all, we Americans have been burning some of the least
expensive fuel in the world for a long time. Just go north of the
border into Canada and you can pay almost as much for a liter of
gasoline as you will pay for a gallon here in the U.S.
Secondly, whether we all buy gas on Thursday and Saturday or on
Friday, it isn't going to make a lick of difference to "The so-called
oil cartel". It may put a hitch into the cash flow of some
mom-and-pop dealers, but the big boys won't feel a pinch at all. They
are still going to get our money for their gasoline, just not on that
day. If you really want to make a difference, sell that gas-hog SUV
and buy a scooter, though it may be difficult to haul a troop of Boy
Scouts and their trailer full of equipment to the next campout on a
Finally, what the blazes does this have to do with Scouting or other
youth organizations. Go peddle this nonsense on the news groups.
Sorry if my tone is a little hot, but I worked in the gasoline
business for 11 years. The business was good to me, but I often saw
this type of whiner mentality when it came to gas prices. Fact is,
we've gotten so spoiled with our low fuel prices that we don't even
consider economizing petroleum fuels any more. If you think I'm full
of it, just look at the gas guzzlers coming out of Detroit these days.
"Thinking is the most difficult work there is, which is the probable
reason so few people partake in it." - Henry Ford