Stick it up their arse day

I’m sure most of you have seen/heard of this email that’s doing the rounds these days. I myself have received it no less than six times and counting.

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 ASS” 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 DECLARE “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

I remember getting a forward just like this one last year (I think?) when petrol prices in Brisbane first cracked the $1/litre mark. One of the first things that bewildered me about this email was that a day-long boycott would ‘HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS’. I would be very interested to see where the email’s original author pulled this figure from. I’m guessing his arse. A $4.6 billion loss to oil companies because Australians did not purchase fuel for one day would mean that on average, every man woman and child in Australia spends over $200 on fuel each day, adding up to more than two times Australia’s annual GPD. So there goes any credibility the email may have once had. While obviously good intentioned, a day-long nationwide boycott of petrol is not going to decrease prices any time soon. As I mentioned two posts ago, with the possible exception of Katrina, the overall rise in oil prices have been a result of huge surges in demand, particularly from China. Believe me, if Australians all of a sudden stopped buying oil, the companies will have no trouble finding other willing customers. One also has to look at the broader picture. The high price of oil may ironically be just the catalyst for rapid advances in the development of more environmentally friendly fuel sources. People are already ditching their four-wheel-drives in favour of smaller more efficient cars. I’ve stopped driving to uni altogether. On a side note – I noticed at work yesterday that our delivery drivers got a pay increase of around $3-5/hour depending on the number of deliveries. While I’ve stopped delivering months ago in favour of more in-store work, there isn’t much doubt what most of this so called ‘pay rise’ will be spent on.

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4 Responses to Stick it up their arse day

  1. XmarkX says:

    The first thing that occurred to me was that since everyone would probably buy more petrol the following day than they otherwise would have, such action would not bring the oil industry to its knees.

    In 2001 in the UK we had an absolutely extraordinary concerted action which did force the whole country to its knees and did force some action around petrol prices, but this was the blockading of all oil deliveries to the country, attacking the supply side.

  2. Jimmy says:

    I don’t remember hearing anything about the UK blockade of oil deliveries (probably wasn’t very interested in that kind of thing back then, only 15, no car and all). How successful was the blockade, long term wise?

    I imagine the prices at the pump would’ve skyrocketed during the duration of the blokade.

  3. XmarkX says:

    From my memory, the prices didn’t go up – the petrol just ran out. There’s a thorough wikipedia article.

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