(How To) STOP High Gasoline Prices

I was in the airport terminal several weeks back in San Antonio eating a sammich and this half-drunk lately stumbles off the plane and plops down a couple seats away. She’s got a nice young man by the arm showing him off all proud like (with good reason). He’s one of our Iraq vets coming home to start his life in the work-a-day world he’s helped to preserve. Hooyah! I greet the guy. Tell him how proud we are of him and his service.

Conversation turns to what I do. Me? “I’m in the energy business.” What part? “Oil.”

Little miss half-to-the-wind starts laying into me like Jackie Chan. OMG! Of a sudden I’m Bush’s lackey, yada yada. What am I going to do about oil prices? Here’s where I get quiet. Stone dead silent. My close friends and family know when I’m quiet I either don’t have anything to say or I’m pissed to the nth degree. (On this matter I had plenty to say). 10-second rule lapses…

“Ma’am. Where are you from?” California. “Your gasoline bills ARE high. Here in San Antonio I talked with the cabbie. He paid $3.29 a gallon today. Not bad. In Tulsa it was $3.20.” WOW! “Want to know why?” Uh huh… “We have refineries close by. We have a little more friendly tax situation than you do in California. It all adds up… these little things.” Yeah, still, YOU’RE driving the prices up. Probably intentionally. This young man went to war for Bush’s oil. (SILENCE)

“Ma’am, whether he did or whether he didn’t is for history to decide.” Now SHE goes silent… this is about to get fun…

“Have you adjusted how much gasoline you purchase? At all? Since the prices have gone up?” No. Not really. No.

“OK. Follow along… When bananas, eggs or milk go up in price and you don’t like it do you just buy them anyway?” No. Well, sometimes.

“Fair enough. And what eventually happens if enough people feel the same way as you on that price and don’t buy? It adjusts down again doesn’t it?” Yeah, normally.

STOP BUYING GASOLINE! It’s simple supply and demand. Enough of us stop it for whatever reason by whatever method and prices will come down. WE decide if we buy or not. The oil companies and refineries don’t. You bring enough alternates like CNG, hybrids or whatever to market… gasoline prices will straighten out. Better yet, get more efficient, gas powered engines legislated. 83% of the energy in gasoline is NOT converted to forward motion. Change THAT equation and you change the whole game.”

This time it was silence. But, it was stunned silence. Golden.

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6 Comments on “(How To) STOP High Gasoline Prices”

  1. Roger Taylor Says:

    Nice!!!! I would have lost it. Cool of you to thank him for his service. All Americans regardless of their political beliefs should support our troops and not accuse them of murder like the idiots in Berkley, CA are with the Marines…. The military merely follows orders. There are too many lemmings in our current culture that will believe anything about the military, government, oil prices etc and not try to think for themselves……
    Well done………..

  2. ZRosen Says:

    To counter one point: “We have refineries close by”… We have numerous refineries in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chevron, Tesoro, Valero, Shell, Conoco-Phillips) yet the Bay Area consistently ranks in the top 3 for highest gas prices in the nation. To the lay-person (myself) it would appear that gasoline prices are based on median income, rather than distance from the refineries.

  3. @ZRosen – And you’d be wrong. Look to California’s fuel tax and you’ll see an inordinately high “penalty” the fine citizens of California pay for the privlege of operating any gasoline powered device (weed eater, motorcycle, car, lawn mower, etc).

    See the state by state comparison. You guys are getting ripped coming and going:

    I was in Long Beach a couple of years ago and was SHOCKED to see an operating pump jack in a MacDonald’s parking lot. Cachunk, cachunk… pulling that natural gas out of one of the BIGGEST fields in the west.

    Stand by my premise… if we stopped buying, the prices would drop. FAST. They’d have to in order to get the glut off the market.

  4. Tasuvus Says:


    Here are some gas saving maintenance and driving tips that really work:

    Vehicle gas caps – About 17 percent of the vehicles on the roads have gas caps that are either damaged, loose or are missing altogether, causing 147 million gallons of gas to vaporize every year

    Under-inflated tires – When tires aren’t inflated properly it’s like driving with the parking brake on and can cost a mile or two per gallon.

    Worn spark plugs – A vehicle can have either four, six or eight spark plugs, which fire as many as 3 million times every 1,000 miles, resulting in a lot of heat and electrical and chemical erosion. A dirty spark plug causes misfiring, which wastes fuel. Spark plugs need to be replaced regularly.

    Dirty air filters – An air filter that is clogged with dirt, dust and bugs chokes off the air and creates a “rich” mixture – too much gas being burned for the amount of air, which wastes gas and causes the engine to lose power. Replacing a clogged air filter can improve gas mileage by as much as 10 percent, saving about 15 cents a gallon.

    Fuel-saving driving tips include:

    Don’t be an aggressive driver – Aggressive driving can lower gas mileage by as much as 33 percent on the highway and 5 percent on city streets, which results in 7 to 49 cents per gallon.

    Avoid excessive idling – Sitting idle gets zero miles per gallon. Letting the vehicle warm up for one to two minutes is sufficient.

    Observe the speed limit Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph. Each mph driven over 60 will result in an additional 10 cents per gallon. To maintain a constant speed on the highway, cruise control is recommended.

    Combining errands into one trip saves gas and time. Several short trips taken from a cold start can use twice as much fuel as a longer multi-purpose trip covering the same distance.

    Avoid carrying unneeded heavy items in the truck. An extra 100 pounds can cut fuel efficiency by a percent or two.

    For additional information on how you can cut down on the increasing cost of fuel visit http://fuellegacy.com/Tasuvus

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  6. pjm781 Says:

    It’s quite simple
    We boycott Exxon Mobil for the month of May. If we could drop their business by as little as 20 or 30% they would be forced to lower prices. The more we tank their business the faster it will happen. Then all the other gas dealers would have to follow and suddenly we’d have a gas price war! A race to the bottom – caused by we the consumers. Pass it on!!! Lets do it

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