Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Boycott BP and Shell

This is about petrol prices and an invitation to join the resistance. By the end of this month petrol prices are set to soar even higher.
If we want the petrol price to come down, we all need to take some intelligent, united action.
Last year there was a "don't buy petrol day"-but the oil companies just laughed at that because they knew that we would "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy petrol.
It was more of an inconvenience to us than a problem to them.
But, whoever thought of the ideas, has come up with a plan that can really work.
By now you probably thinking petrol priced at about R4.50 is cheap. It is currently at +- R4.60 for regular and unleaded.
Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations (the bullies like US and Britain) have conditioned us to think that the cost of a liter is cheap at R 5.00 , we need to take aggressive action to teach them that buyers control the marketplace......... not the sellers.
With the price of petrol going up each day, we consumers need to take action.
The only way we are going to see the price of petrol come down is if we hit someone in the pocket by not purchasing their petrol.
And we can do that without hurting ourselves. How?
Since we rely on our cars, we just cannot stop buying petrol.
But we can have an impact on petrol prices if we all act together to force a price war.
Here's the idea:
For the rest of the year, don't purchase any petrol from the two biggest overseas oil companies (which are now one), SHELL and BP... (Local is Lekka - So buy Sasol / Engen / Excel)
If the overseas companies are not selling any petrol, they will be inclined to reduce their prices.
If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to follow suit.
But to have an impact we need to reach literally millions of petrol buyers.
It is really simple to do!
Now, don't wimp out at this point...keep reading, and all will be revealed as to how simple it is to reach millions of people. Email it to all your friends. Acting together we can make a difference.
If you're fed up paying too much for petrol, please pass this message on.
COMMENCING NOW DON'T BUY BP /SHELL, go and support SA Brand SASOL, our currency and economy will strengthen by 65% in 18 months the capital will stay in SA. Africa must stop feeding the world giants it must feed itself.


Anonymous said...

The SA government regulates the petrol price.

They charge various taxes / levies to the price per litre .

Boycotting SHELL BP etc will thus have no effect...

Check website:http://www.dme.gov.za/home.asp?menu=energy/liquid_fuels.htm

Basic breakdown as per 07 June 2006

Fuel tax 116.000 c/l

Basic Price 370.632 c/l

Retail Margin 43.900 c/l

Wholesale Margin 39.268 c/ll

Zone Differentials 13.700 c/l

Service Cost recoveries 7.00 c/l

Road Accident Fund 36.500 c/l

Customs & Excise 4.00c/l

Slate Levy 5.000 c/l

Equalisation Fund Levy 0.000c/l

Donn Edwards said...

The SA Government doesn't sell the crude oil to the local companies. Sasol doesn't import any oil. If everyone stopped supporting BP and Shell the oil companies would have to find a cheaper source of fuel. In the meantime the bulk of the money goes to Sasol.

Anonymous said...

This stupidity is so childish it's scary.

Folks, here are the reasons why "petrol" is so expensive:

1 - The cheap and easy supply is rapidly dwindling. You think gas is expensive now? Wait until we are forced to get it from locations such as the "Oil Sands" of Albert, CA.
2 - Increased world demand. Last year India use of gas increased over 15%. By comparison, the US's increased less than .05% in the last year.
3 - The need for other products derived from petroleum is also high. Plastics are also derived from the exact same petroleum that our gas is derived from. Higher prices for plastics results in more petroleum being shunted in that direction which has the effect of limiting the supply of petroleum for gas production which has the result of increasing the cost of gas.

Here's a concept.

Instead of whining, try learning.

Donn Edwards said...

Gas??? "Petrol" is an abbreviation of "Petroleum" and in South Africa that's the term used for it.

Intead of criticising, try understanding that this article relates to South Africa, not the USA. If the USA had the same taxes on their fuel that SA and Europe did, it would go a long way towards conserving a scarce world resource. So take your US-centric comments and shove them up your exhaust.