From: John W Burgeson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Oct 21 2002 - 10:57:26 EDT
Glenn -- this is fairly typical of the "silly" bulk e-mails I've been
getting on a regular basis. What disturbs me is that it comes from a
friend who is also a professional scientist of some repute and the
distribution list he sent it to includes a number of persons of like
I sent him a reply which spoke to the three fallacies in it, I hope not
too sharply, for he IS a friend of long standing. But I see more and more
of this ... .
--------- Forwarded message ----------
From: xxx (name deleted to not cause embarrassment)
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 23:43:33 -0400
Subject: Imported Gasoline. I received this and I am passing it on.
Friends: 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.
Major companies that import Middle Eastern oil (for the period 9/1/00
Shell................ 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco....... 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil......... 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon............. 117,740,000 barrels
Amoco................ 62,231,000 barrels
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18
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
can be easily documented. Refineries located in the U.S. are 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 people.
How long would all that take? If each of us sends this e-mail out to
ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could
conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!
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