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This was just sent to me by a friend, I hope that I can paste it .

Interesting idea. . . I've always known we have more power as consumers than we know. --BJ


We CAN buy gasoline that's not from Middle East. Why didn't George W. think of this? Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us!

The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor. An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS. Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends. I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00 - 8/31/01):

Shell............................205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco.........144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil................130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway...117,740,000 barrels
Amoco.........................62,231,000 barrels

If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

Citgo....................0 barrels
Sunoco............. ..0 barrels
Conoco............. ..0 barrels
Sinclair............... 0 barrels
BP/Phillips.......... 0 barrels
Hess...................0 barrels

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing. They report on a monthly basis. Keep this list in your car; share it with friends. Stop paying for terrorism.............

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do!! Now, don't wimp out at this point...keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)... and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How much would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next eight days!

:beer: :rapid:

Like almost every e-mail that asks you to pass it on, it isn't true. Its just a chain letter. It pays to be skeptical of things in your e-mail box and check into it before spreading it along. Fake virus warnings can cause as much harm as some viruses, as people follow the instructions to get rid of the "virus" and end up removing essential files from their computer.

The fact that it mentions the information is available on the DoE web site, but doesn't provide a link to where is the first indication its a fraud.

The $30/barrel is the second clue, as its overly simplistic. Even if oil sells for $30/barrel, that isn't 100% profit. Labor, equipment and maintenance, and transportation are going to take money off the top. By keeping it simple they can inflate the amount of money that appears to be going to the middle east. Not to mention the assumption that every dollar that goes to the middle east goes to terrorism. They probably spend some of it on shoes and bread, after all, since no one likes to be naked and hungry.

For information and links to the relevant DoE pages, try this link.
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