I received this email late last week and I’ve heard it mentioned by quite a few friends:
Subject: Fwd:FD: 22nd September No Petrol Day
TO EVERY1 concerned,
IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN AUSTRALIA DID NOT PURCHASE A DROP OF PETROL FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.
AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES. THEREFORE THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22nd HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED “STICK IT UP THEIR BEHIND ” DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF PETROL THAT DAY. THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT.
WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?
REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF PETROL GOING UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH EFFECTS PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING, BUILDING SUPPLIES MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC. WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON’T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.
SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE SEPTEMBER 22nd, A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF AUSTRALIA SAY “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!”
Actually, September 22 is not called ‘No Petrol Day’, it’s globally known as Car Free day. It’s about taking real steps to curb oil dependency and improve life. It is alive and well, affecting over 100 million people world wide (see uncfd or the wiki).
Car Free day isn’t about gluttony and having a cry because your lazy lifestyle is becoming to hard to finance. It’s about the push for sustainable transport. The price of fuel shouldn’t be the primary motivation to stop driving everywhere.
A few reasons not to drive:
– The fuels you burn in your cars are cracked from precious reserves and whenever you fill the tank you are combusting thousands of years of development. The oil reserves cannot afford your gross consumption.
– You are then increasing the the number of toxins in the air, including some carcinogens. The environment cannot afford your gross pollution.
– You are supporting a sedentary life style which puts further burden on the health infrastructure. The health system cannot support your automatic-lifestyle.
– It follows NO logic that, on average, you’re pushing a tonne of metal down the road just to transport yourself when a bike that weighs 1/100th of that weight is capable of doing the job. The world cannot afford your gross inefficiency.
– You are also endangering everyone else who wants to go near the roads. Your group is responsible for nearly all road deaths. Society is constantly paying in tragedies, more often than not involving young people.
– Your group is also responsible for most of the noise pollution in and around cities.
– What gives you the right to this natural resource over the other 6 billion people on the planet and over future generations? Stop being selfish.
Anyway, your logic is a little twisted. The price of petrol isn’t going up because the oil companies are nasty. The supply continues to decrease as more of the easily obtained oil is extracted and combusted. THIS IS BECAUSE OIL IS A FINITE RESOURCE. Demand continues to increase as more people continue to buy cars and drive them. Demand will only decrease when people STOP DRIVING. Currently, as SUPPLY continues to decrease and DEMAND continues to increase the price will go UP. That’s year 10 economics.
So this Australian Reincarnation is a little twisted. I feel no sympathy for you city kids who ‘need your cars’. Buy a bike, walk, catch the bus. I do feel sorry for the country folk (and the disabled) who typically pay more than us when alternative transport is often not an option. I hope the government further increases taxes on petrol to support discount cards for those who need to drive in rural areas. However, admittedly, this wont win votes.