Hi Darryl Very nice!
>I'm sure others can contribute more ideas beyond the list above. My point is, >don't act for a day, act for a lifetime. I'm also sure, there've been some good contributions so far. If we can et some more I can compile them and make a page at Journey to Forever for it, might help. It would be nice to internationalise it a bit, but if it doesn't work out that way I don't mind. Best wishes Keith >Well, then I guess we can expect to see BP putting all their >gasoline stations up >for sale. After all, the managers are required to maximize the >returns for their >shareholders. If the stations are losing money, they have to dump >them. I won't >be holding my breath. > >As for gas-outs - it's a sad joke, as has been pointed out here before. > >If you want to reduce gasoline (and diesel) consumption, for whatever reason, >here's a start on what you can do to make a difference. > >1) Walk somewhere. Anywhere. Just leave your guzzler parked. > >2) Get a bicycle. Preferably something used. Try your local >FreeCycle, or bike >repair co-op, or a used bike dealer. Find something comfortable and >practical for >your use. Then use it. > >3) Check the pressure on the tires on your vehicle. Correct if >necessary. Slight >overinflation is better for fuel economy than slight underinflation. Repeat >monthly or more frequently if required. > >4) Have your vehicle tuned up on a regular, appropriate schedule. >Check owner's >manual for details. Check for dragging brakes, emissions control >system problems, >etc while you are at it. > >5) Plan your trips to minimize distance travelled (trip chaining). > >6) Use public transit when available and appropriate. Or carpool. > >7) Use biofuels, e.g. E100, E85, E10 as recommended for your >vehicle. There are >many flex-fuel vehicles on the road in the U.S. due to CAFE >dual-fuel incentive, >where the owners don't even know the vehicle is flex-fuel capable. Check your >vehicle manual. Use biodiesel blend where available or appropriate >(or make your >own, of course). > >8) Take extra weight out of your vehicle, as accelerating extra >weight uses more >energy, and de-accelerating extra weight increases brake wear. >(e.g. sand and salt >mixture for winter use should not be in the trunk all sumer as well). > >9) When shopping for tires, look for economizer / fuel miser / >energy wise labels. > >10) When shopping for a replacement vehicle, look for something >that is as fuel- >efficient as possible while meeting most of your needs - not >necessarily all of >your needs. You can rent a vehicle to meet occasional requirements. > >11) If you want to make a political statement, pick an oil company >to boycott or >support. Personally, I try to buy from MacEwen's because they are >local and have >been promoting ethanol blend here since before it was fashionable. I boycott >Exxon/Esso/Imperial Oil due to their horrendous environmental record >(and other >undesirable practices). Trust me, if we actually managed to drop >Exxon's gross >revenue in a regional market by 10% for a quarter, that would >definitely get their >attention. Giving their station attendants and cashiers a quiet day won't. > >12) Try to drive to avoid periods of traffic congestion. You get 0 mpg when >idling in stopped traffic. > >I'm sure others can contribute more ideas beyond the list above. My point is, >don't act for a day, act for a lifetime. > >Darryl McMahon > > > >"mphee" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > > > Station owners really don't make much money off of gas. Their >lucky to make a > > nickel a gallon. They make their money on what's called C-Store sales. > > > > If more people could take public transportation it would help greatly. > > > > > > Funny tidbit. BP says they loose money on their gas stations, $100mil last > > year. You refine it, you transport it, you store it, you >delivery it, and you > > sell it. How do you loose money when you control all aspects of >it. Just by > > vertues of econmies of scale you have to make money. > > > > > > On Mon, 29 Aug 2005 14:46:25 GMT, marilyn wrote > > > effort to take public transportation for a whole month. > > > > > > Biofuel@sustainablelists.org wrote: > > > "This is mostly an incorrect rumor. > > > http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/nogas.asp - It'd better > > > serve everyone to forward accurate information about > > > alternatives to petroleum." > > > > > > Thanks for the reply, and especially for the Snopes site. I hadn't > > > heard if it. I will check it from now on. > > > > > > I was concerned about the cost to the station owners, but > > > wondered it it was part of a larger plan to start with a one day > > > boycott as a symbol of protest, then move from there to a longer > > > period that would have a major impact. I figured if anyone knew > > > this, it would be this group. > > > Marilyn > > _______________________________________________ Biofuel mailing list Biofuel@sustainablelists.org http://sustainablelists.org/mailman/listinfo/biofuel_sustainablelists.org Biofuel at Journey to Forever: http://journeytoforever.org/biofuel.html Search the combined Biofuel and Biofuels-biz list archives (50,000 messages): http://firstname.lastname@example.org/