Don’t Buy Gas Day

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To everyone who did not buy gas on 15 May, thanks. Now my gas costs 4 cents more per litre. Sigh.

20 thoughts on “Don’t Buy Gas Day

  1. It doesn’t make a difference not to buy gas on one particular day. What does make a difference, is not buy gas from the big companies who keep raising their prices. It’s all insane.

  2. What does make a difference, is not buy gas from the big companies who keep raising their prices.

    No it doesn’t. The big companies are wholesale suppliers to the smaller companies. If you don’t want to buy gas from the big companies, then you need to stop buying gas. Period.

  3. In order for anything like this to work, you would need to demand less gas from all refineries in a particular area, thus reducing demand and lowering the cost.

    All your gas (in alberta) comes from one of the following refineries:

    Saskatchewan

    • Lloydminster, (Husky Energy), 27,000 bpd (Asphalt/Heavy Oil Refinery)
    • Regina, (Co-operative Refineries Limited (CCRL)), 90,000 bpd

    Alberta

    • Edmonton, (Imperial Oil), 195,000 bpd
    • Scotford, (Shell Canada), 100,000 bpd
    • Edmonton, (Petro-Canada), 135,000 bpd

    It doesn’t matter which oil company is extracting the oil, it all comes from one of these. These guys set the price. The oil companies sell their oil to to the pipeline. The pipeline sells it to the refinery, the refinery sells it to bulk retail providers and those sell it retail to us.

  4. Melissa

    How are you able to manage that? I would like to use our vehicle less, and was able to do so when we had only one child, but with three and more things going on, I find it necessary to use our vehicle more often, though not as much as many others. And we still walk as often as we can. Kim takes the bus to work.

  5. Last year – after people California discovered the futility of a don’t buy gas day (because all the gas stations sold twice as much gas the next day) we started trying to organize a boycott of the single biggest gas retailer – Exxon/Mobile.

    Then summer ended a prices began to drop anyways. It is time to resurrect the boycott proposal.

  6. Try something real simple – Get 10 million drivers to buy 10 to 20 gallons of gas during the month of June and then use the 10 to 20 gallons previously bought during the third week of July. 100 to 200 million gallons of fuel not being used in a one week period would backlog the refiners to the point they would lower prices to get demand up. I know someone will complain about storing gas is not safe.

  7. That won’t work. The same amount of gas is being purchased. Except, there will be a huge increase in price in June due to the heavy demand and a huge decrease in price in July due to such little demand. Then because the price will be so low, there will be a huge demand to buy gas again, pushing the price up yet again. If anything, it’ll make the situation worse.

  8. There would not be a huge demand because the gas would be bought all through the month of June. You could have the gas purchased in June, July and August if necessary. The reason you want the gas used during a one week period is to cause overstocking to the gas stations. You will have full stations, full trucks, full refineries and full ships on the ocean with nowhere to deliver. The price will fall to move inventory.

  9. There would not be a huge demand because the gas would be bought all through the month of June.

    Precisely why there would be a hug demand. Buying an extra 100–200 gallons in June would be a huge spike in demand. This in turn would be what would cause the price of gas to spike.

  10. “Ride the bus. Walk. Ride a bike. Run.”

    All those present problems for someone who lives out of the city where they work…

    Oh well, guess I’ll be a slave to the oil companies.

  11. It wasn’t a problem when I lived in Surrey and worked in Vancouver, rick. Granted, the Lower Mainland can sustain an intra-city transit system.

    Biking is feasible for you, rick. I’ve known people who bike between Magrath and Lethbridge in an hour.

  12. What do they do when they get to their office?
    After an hour of biking, I’d need a shower for sure.

    …not to mention an oxygen tent and a nurse.

  13. This will never work because one cannot convince every single one in the world to do as he says. But if one can find committed followers — say only 100 out of 1 million — then block every gas station in the city and not let any one use it, they can achieve 100% don’t buy gas result. One city with population about 300.000 can have about 50 gas stations so all you need is 2 or more persons per station and it’s all done.

  14. “One city with population about 300.000 can have about 50 gas stations “

    Unless you live in Lethbridge, Alberta and there is one gas station for every other person living in the city… ;)

  15. Not to mention the fast food restaurants…and chiropractors…oh sorry, I digress.

  16. Lethbridge , Alberta population 80.000 , 48 gas stations .Truly Gas station haven .

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