Email Claims Gas Boycott on Sept. 1

By: Lindsay Puccio
By: Lindsay Puccio

August 31, 2005

With no end in site, rising gas prices are angering drivers. Now an email has spread from state to state telling drivers to mark their calendars and declare "enough is enough."

Now, the price is $2.99 for regular grade gas. It's made some people so frustrated they're willing to boycott. The email has been forwarded around asking drivers in the U.S. and Canada to not purchase a drop of gas on September 1.

It goes on to add this boycott would hit oil companies' wallets by $4.6 billion. But, the owner of Virginia Oil Company said that number is completely fabricated and the small amount the company will lose they'll just make up the next time you pump.

"I don't think it would have a large impact. What is not sold one day will probably be sold the next day," said F. F. White, the Virginia Oil Company owner.

Experts agree. A UVa business professor said avoiding the pump isn't going to help. "Boycotting for a day may make you feel better but, I don't think it's going to have a long term impact," said Robert Spekman.

The email claims if the dry day doesn't make a difference, consumers will have to try again and again. But, experts said it's going to take a lot more than a few dry days to get the oil industries attention.

"If they stop buying gas entirely I think eventually that they would sit and say 'woah, what's going wrong with our oil sales?' but, for a day it's not going to matter," said Spekman.

White has some advice for frustrated drivers. "Be patient and it will pass, it always has. It's just a matter of time and it will get better."

Experts recommend if possible, try to look for other modes of transportation that will be more gas efficient rather than boycotting. Experts also recommend shopping around for gas, because it could be up to 30 cents cheaper at a nearby gas station.

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