gas boycott on tuesday — what’s the point?

Go ahead and don’t buy gas on Tuesday, but it’s not going to lower the price per gallon.

It appears that the perennial gas boycott has reared its ugly head again, this time setting next Tuesday, May 15th as the day to not fill up your vehicle’s gas tank. This time around it is protesting the recent price per gallon increases to an average above $3, but will it be effective? Probably not.

This has been tried before over the past decade or more, with no visible effect on gas prices. Usually, folks who participate in the protest simply buy their gas on other days. In no way do most reduce the amount of gas they use, so as far as the filling stations are concerned, it’s simply a small blip in daily sales.

What will really send a message is to drastically reduce your gas use. Walk or bike instead of driving, or use public transportation or a carpool if you have those options. Do all of these things every day, and not just on next Tuesday. Of course, these things may not lower the pump prices in the short run, but they certainly will have less of an impact on your wallet.

Gas prices are on the rise, and we would be foolish to think that oil companies are going to lower them for any reason since there hasn’t been a real backlash against them. Americans are still buying big gas guzzling vehicles, and even if we feel the squeeze at the pump, we are willing to pay for it. Oil companies have us over the barrel, and they know it.

more on gas prices

Gas prices in Richmond have caught up with the rest of the country by going over $2/gal.

They did it again. Richmond area gas prices have stayed at a constant $1.89 ever since the jump from $1.84 to $1.99 and then fall back to $1.89 last week. When I was in Lexington on Monday, I noticed their gas prices had gone down to as low as $1.81, which I saw as a sure sign that ours would be inching down again soon. So, I wasn’t surprised when the usual cheaper places began lowering their prices by a cent every other day. This morning on my drive in, I was pleased to see that my favorite station had gone down to $1.87. Not much of a difference, but I figured it was just the beginning of a trend. Sadly, this was not the case. On my way home this evening, I nearly hit the roof when I saw station after station brazenly displaying $2.05 for regular unleaded — only $0.04 less than what the premium had cost at 7:30 this morning. Tell me again why this is good business practice?