FWIW BP is a fairly big player in solar panels - so far a 3-6 backlog of 
orders.

Keith Addison wrote:

>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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