Over 1 million Facebook users unite against gas prices
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 03:20:23 GMT —
As the price of gasoline draws close to $4 a gallon in Mid-Missouri, families are feeling strapped for cash.
Earlier this week, gas prices jumped twenty cents.
The prices are driving Facebook users across the nation to call for a gasoline strike.
If you are a Facebook user, it's more than likely you've been invited to a gas boycott.
Users put up postings all over the social media site, all with the same message.
Gas prices are out of control.
As of Thursday, one boycott page had more than 1 million Facebook users pledging to not buy gas April 15.
"Gas prices are ridiculous, considering how far my husband works and it costs us roughly about $100 a week in gas to him back and forth to work, and that's close to I TMd say almost half of his paycheck," Fulton resident Teri Neal said.
But some said the boycotts won't accomplish anything.
"I don't think that will address the problem, the problem is we've become dependant on foreign oil," another Fulton resident said.
One local economist said the one day refusal to buy gas won't really have an impact on the oil industry, but others said it's more about getting their point across than anything.
"I don't really see that as having a big impact, Economics professor Ed Easterling said. It will be interesting to see the number of people that show up, the number of people that are kind of upset at gas prices."
Easterling is an economics professor at William Woods University.
He said gas is a necessity and even though people might now buy gas April 15, they will stock up again the day after.
"In terms of having a long term effect on the gas prices, it's too much of a necessity for each of us, we all go to work, we all go out to do things, we may cut back a little but, but in terms of actually having an impact on the gas prices themselves, I don TMt see that happening," Easterling said.
But Neal said it's important to stand as one and not back down.
"I think it might let people know that we're not going to continue to take it we're going to figure out other alternative ways to get around," Neal said.
But right now, we as Americans depend on gasoline.
"We are just too addicted to gasoline and we're just going to have to bite the bullet and buy it," Easterling said.
Easterling said the high gas prices are making people cutback on other things such as going to the movies, and out to eat.
He said this is especially true here in Mid-Missouri.
To learn more about the boycotts click here.
Do you think a gas boycott is a good idea?
Would you attend one? Why or why not?