Some of you may have seen this circulating around the web as an email. It was forwarded to me by a friend after being sent to a huge list. For those of us concerned about the limited supply of gasoline, terrorism in the world and the use of bicycles as a good alternative to cars, here's some info. that makes you rethink some of our choices. Makes riding a bike even more patriotic if this is all true.
Here's the message:
Not vouching for the numbers here...just throwing this out
to see what you think....
We, as Americans, travel by car. The automobile is big part of our culture and our automobiles run on gasoline. Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time you fill-up your tank, you am sending your hard earned money to people who are trying to destroy your culture, trying to kill you, your family, and your friends.
You see, some oil companies import a lot of middle eastern oil and the money we pay for that refined oil as gasoline, goes back into the hands of those governments and easily finds it's way into the pockets of fanatics who are supporting world terrorism. But, there are other companies that do not import any middle eastern oil.
It might be interesting for Americans to know which oil companies do the most business and which companies do the least business with our so-called friends in the Middle East.
Here is the list:
Top 4 companies that import middle eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 - 8/31/01).
By the way, 86% of all middle eastern oil comes from Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
Shell 205,742,000 barrels
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to about $18 billion.
That's a lot of money in the hands of someone like Saddam Hussein. A lot of money for chemical and nuclear weapons research. Weapons of mass destruction that someday may be aimed at us.
Here are some large companies that import the least middle eastern oil:
Citgo 0 barrels of oil
BP Amoco 62,231,000
This information is available from the Department of Energy and is documented. Check it out for yourself. Refineries located in the US are required to state where they get their oil from and how much they are importing. They report on a monthly basis.
Keep this list in your car, share it with friends. The next time your tank hits E, think about where you buy your gas, where the money goes after you fill up! There's another gas station just down the road. Stop supporting terrorism!
RIDE A BIKE INSTEAD! - bikeman