Saturday, 14 June 2008

Could This Be The Solution to the UK Fuel Crisis?

Okay, so we realise that the price of fuel is going up and up and up – with one garage today that I passed offering diesel for the astonishing price of 134.9 pence per litre.

But what can be done about it? There are constantly talks of strikes, walkouts, panic buying and garages running out of fuel.

Here’s one suggestion that I found interesting, but not sure if it would do anything. This came by email, and the intention is to send it ‘to everyone in your contacts list’. But that’s always the intention, isn’t it...

“This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy petrol on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May! The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to hurt ourselves by refusing to buy fuel. It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.

BUT, whoever thought of this idea has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read it and join in! Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us to think that the cost of a litre is CHEAP, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the marketplace, not sellers. With the price of petrol going up more each day, we consumers need to take action.

The only way we are going to see the price of fuel come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their fuel! And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.

Here's the idea:

For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY fuel from the two biggest oil companies (which now are one), ESSO and BP. If they are not selling any fuel, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit. But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of ESSO and BP fuel buyers. It's really simple to do!!

Now, don't wimp out on me at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!! I am sending this note to a lot of people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people.That's all. (Oh, and not buy at ESSO/BP) How long would all that take? If each of us sends this email out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!! I'll bet you didn't think you and I had that much potential, did you! Acting together we can make a difference. If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.


It's easy to make this happen. Just copy and paste this in to an email then forward it to everyone you know, and buy your fuel at Shell, Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, Jet etc. i.e. boycott BP and ESSO.”

So. That is the idea that someone passed on to me. Will it work? I have no idea. What do you think?

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