Fw: Imported Gasoline

From: John W Burgeson (burgytwo@juno.com)
Date: Mon Oct 21 2002 - 10:57:26 EDT

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    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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