Are High Gas Prices Really the Result of High Demand?

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, April 13, 2006

Are High Gas Prices Really the Result of High Demand?

April 13, 2006

Someone sent me an email a few days ago with an idea I think might be worth trying. He said to email it to ten people and ask each of those ten to send it to ten more. His theory was that if everyone did that we could reach most of the country.

Here was his idea: as gas prices head for and past $3 a gallon again, we can do something about it. Besides the usual stuff we all know about, he said Exxon Mobil, which is now the same company, sells more gasoline than anyone else. So, let’s all stop buying their gasoline. That will eventually drive the price down and others will have to follow suit. It’s all about supply and demand, we’re told. So if we demand less, the price is bound to drop.

It isn’t that difficult. We can also combine trips and not take unnecessary ones. Try public transportation, especially in towns with commuter rail. Let’s not be victims of energy prices, but more than conquerors. Tell ten friends not to buy from the big guys and have them tell ten more and let’s see what happens.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.