Keith, good idea.  I'll keep track here too.  It will give me an excuse to 
update 
my page at
http://www.econogics.com/en/enenergy.htm#Transportation .  It needs some 
tidying up 
anyway.

Darryl


Date sent:              Tue, 30 Aug 2005 02:21:24 +0900
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From:                   Keith Addison <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Subject:                Re: [Biofuel] Sept 1 declared no buy gas day
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> 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
> > >
> 
> 
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