Gas Customers Boycott

1 decade 1 year 1 week ago Monday, May 14 2007 May 14, 2007 Monday, May 14, 2007 6:06:01 PM CDT May 14, 2007 in News

The big question is: Will it work?


Mass emails and web postings are urging consumers to not fill up their gas tanks. At more than three dollars a gallon and prices still going up, many consumers aren't happy.

"I should have filled up last night, but I didn't," James Druss said. "It's just getting ridiculous."

But one economics professor says the boycott could leave consumers disappointed.

"A one day blimp down in the quantity sold is probably not going to have any effect," said Joeseph Haslag, an economics professor at MU. "And the coordination problem of trying to get everyone to behave the same way on one day is unbelievable. Businesses aren't going to care. They've got things to move."

Critics of the boycott say that even if tomorrow's efforts are well-executed, consumers could make a bigger difference long term cutting down on consumption, instead of just boycotting the pumps for one day.

Some consumers say they won't be filling up Tuesday, but it's not because of the boycott.

"I've got enough gas to last me three or four days," Kevin Bussen said.

Although gas boycotts have been tried before, they have yet to result in drastic price changes.

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