Budgeting Your Gasoline Expenses

Obviously you don't need to be informed of the fact that the price of gasoline is too high. We all feel the gouge at the pump. Your personal budget may have become more difficult to deal with due to the high cost of gasoline, and you may feel there isn't anything you can do to affect the price of gasoline.

Although the following idea seems like it could have a short term affect, I'm not so sure it will make that much of a difference in the long run. You may have seen this email, which I thought I would share here, but I have not researched the April 1997 event mentioned to know if it were true or not:

Don't pump gas on May 15, 2007

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are asked to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree, pass on the information and don't pump gas on May 15th.

In that we would all either need to purchase gas sometime before or after that date, it could be interesting to see what the short-term affect could be by not purchasing gas on May 15th. Unfortunately, the reality though is that the prices most likely would not be affected long term, which is ultimately what we would all hope for.

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