Re: No Petrol Day

22 September 2005 at 1:30 (General)

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.

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10 Comments

  1. cfsmtb said,

    Have a gander at Snopes, its a dumb myth. http://www.snopes.com/politics/gasoline/nogas.asp

    I’ll concur with your opinion regarding people who have no other option than car transport due to decades of crap infrastructure & planning. I view that as a complete failure towards any social responsibility and care by our respective governments.

  2. Deirdre said,

    Good post. This day needs more publicity. I can’t remember ever hearing or reading about it before.

    In relation to the looming energy crisis, Keith Sutor (an Australian member of the Club of Rome) was on ABC Classic FM the other day. He said that the decades-old prediction of 2020-2030 being crunchtime is still thought to be accurate. And a big problem now is that China wants to triple its economic growth, which will mean huge increases in energy consumption.

    You can hear the whole thing here if you’re interested. I only heard part of it, so don’t know what else he was talking about. The whole thing runs about 55 mins.

  3. Deirdre said,

    Apologies to Mr Suter, I spelled his name wrong. It should have an “e” in there.

    And that link doesn’t bring up the proper page, sorry. You might need to search for it (Mornings with Margaret Throsby > Listen to recent guests > 16 Sep)

  4. nimeton said,

    THe whole lets not buy petrol day to drive the price down just highlighted how stupid the masses are. sigh.
    and its not even country people who don’t have sufficient public transport. apparently the situation in the outer suburbs of sydney and melbourne is pretty dire in terms of decent public transport.

  5. toto said,

    Further more, I was thinking on the way home today: The oil companies are much more capable of deterring people from buying petrol themselves. I bet their sales drop more significantly every time they hike the price to a new high. But they know many rely on cars and that even if sales slump for a few days, soon enough people will pay up. They are nowhere near the equilibrium yet.

    The only way to truly stick-it-to-them is to relieve yourself from oil dependency.

  6. No Petrol Day said,

    Hi all, please share this around, it’s important…

    –>–

    This is an official message from the http://www.NoPetrolDay.com protest group.

    September 22, 2005 was a success with the oil companies running scared after a strong campaign culminating in a widely supported day of action. In a remarkable turn around week by the oil companies, they have not increased their fuel prices after the lows of Tuesday September 20. Why have the prices stayed low? Not because of high crude oil prices! Not because supplies are threatened by Hurricane Rita! Only because we participated in a widespread consumer lead protest did prices stay low.

    The oil companies admit to making large profits out of the current petrol prices and have seen a threefold (300%) increase in refining margins over the last few months. They also refused to attend the NRMA’s petrol price summit so we need to keep protesting.

    With over 90% of those surveyed at http://www.NoPetrolDay.com supporting further specific action we are now targeting all Mobil fuel outlets from October 1 till October 7 inclusive. With just one day’s over capacity from their refineries a worry to them we will see a significant impact from a whole week of no sales.

    Please purchase your fuel from any other supplier and NOT from the Mobil Oil company during the first week of October 2005. Mobil produce most of the petrol they sell throughout Australia from crude oil they produce from Bass Strait. This is a very cheap raw material (less than $3.00 a barrel !!!) so the high prices they charge motorists is a simple rip-off. Boycott all 1200 Australian Mobil and Quix petrol outlets for a whole week and their Altona Refinery will choke on the over capacity production.

    Since most of us fill our cars once, or at most twice a week, make your purchase a “No Petrol Day” for Mobil and Quix convenience store outlets from October 1 to 7, 2005.

    Forward this message to everyone you know.

    Let it be heard that the citizens of Australia say Enough is Enough!

    –>–

  7. 5m0k0p1u5 said,

    please forget your cars peoples!
    bicycle logic will give you a quality of life unparalleled

  8. Kent said,

    I’m quite enjoying my car lately. You guys should really get the Old Testament God on your side, so he can strike me down.

    Anyway, someone’s famous! I missed it :(

    http://www.abc.net.au/stateline/sa/content/2005/s1468413.htm

  9. nimeton said,

    you can borrow the video if you like. that reminds me i should probably take it out of the video player so i dont record over it

  10. toto said,

    I don’t get what you mean kent, this was clearly targeted at those who were busy bitching about the increased oil prices. I’m not trying to force my POV/way of life down anyone’s throat. I was just suggesting that much of the pain related to oil dependence being felt by the youth on the mail list is self inflicted. Anyway, if I wanted to be vengeful I would start by chasing the arsehole who tried to run me off the road the other day.

    I’m not making cheap judgements about the sustainability of your lifestyle, mine is far from sustainable; but i was shocked that ‘Car Free Day’ could be turned into a promotion for car usage and I wanted to publicise the original meaning of the movement.

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