Just like every Spring, emails and Facebook feeds are lighting up with news of this year’s Great American Gas Out.
For the small price of refusing to buy gas on this one arbitrarily chosen day (or sometimes chosen weekend), you effectively decrease the profits of oil companies.
Actually, you inflate your own sense of eco-righteousness. That is about all that you will accomplish.
Gas prices will stay the same (despite the false claims of previous years causing gas prices to fall $.30 overnight). This “event” is a total sham.
I have never played along with the gas out, even during my years writing this blog as “Green Grounded” when I yearned to be the most environmentally-friendly gal in town.
Why did I avoid this annual boycott?
Think about it. Who are we joking to think we are changing anything with this method?
Even the originators of this email suggest fueling up on the 14th, or on the 16th. Fuel away! Fill your car overflowing with glorious liquid gold (not the cheese) with abandon! The oil companies will feel our wrath on the 15th, however, when suddenly their sales are all dried up!
Gandhi said something about being the change, right? Not staging a one-day protest where you simply put off doing a chore you will happily oblige to the day after.