I have now received about 10 invitations “Not to pump gas on May 15th” on the facebook. The event creator reports:
Dont pump gas on may 15!!
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 facebook members are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.
The average car takes about 20 to 30 dollars to fill up.
If all facebook members did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would possibly take $2,200,000,000.00 (that's BILLION) out of the oil companys 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.[sic]
All of this is true. There are more than 64,000 people already signed up for this event, which is a significant number of folks. Yet who does this really hurt?
The oil companies will continue to ship their oil. The gas manufacturers will continue to create more gas for the cars that most of the 64,000 facebookers will drive on the 15th. The people that will be stuck with the preverbal bill are local gas station owners.
That said we should have the week of May 15th be a no gas holiday. If we could get 64,000 to stop driving for a week, stop using their SUV to sit in traffic, stop buying petroleum products for seven whole days, that would make a statement. But starting somewhere is a good idea and I for one will not pump any gas on May 15.
Though I don’t ever buy gas. Baruch ata adoni, elohanu melach ha’olam creator of public transportation.