I received an email that had the same theme I have been seeing year after year. Below is a copy of the body of the email and following it is my response to the matter.
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Subject: Fwd: No Gas on May 15th
Don't pump gas on MAY 15 th
In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight. On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places. There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up. If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day. If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend this to all your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th"
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It seems that an even better response to the situation would be, since everyone is soooo concerned, to start riding bicycles to work and school. I have seen daily commuters riding up to 40 miles or so one way, day after day, even in bad weather including snow. So what is everyone else's excuse for not riding, is it that they just want something given to them involving no effort on their part? It seems more and more people want a cheap free ride through life where they can rush to and fro to save a couple of minutes just to sit on the couch and watch in a trance the drone of repetitious, non-intellectual babble spewing from their television sets. Now tell me, what in the world makes anyone think that they "deserve" anything. You were not born with the alienable right to "deserve" anything you do not put some effort into obtaining or keeping. Personally, I think everyone should have to spend one day in the shoes of our earth's poorest peoples. That would certainly wake everyone up to the cold hard realities of life and wrench them out of the mumbo-jumbo fairy tale perspective that seems to be perpetuated for the sake of herding human sheep.
Just my thoughts on the matter.