ALEXANDRIA, VA - Any time consumers face higher gasoline prices, conspiracy theories and urban legends are sure to follow and proliferate, especially via e-mail.
By now you€™ve probably gotten e-mails with copy like this:
"GAS WAR! Join the resistance!!!! I hear we are going to hit close to (fill in the blank) a gallon by the summer. Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action€¦"
Or maybe it€™s this:
"It has been calculated that if everyone in the United States did not purchase a drop of gasoline for one day and all at the same time, the oil companies would choke on their stockpiles€¦"
"It turns out that some oil companies import a lot of middle eastern (sic) oil and others do not import any. I thought it might be interesting for Americans to know which oil companies are the best to buy their gas from."
NACS has developed a fact sheet that debunks these and other gas-related myths. So, the next time a friend tries to be helpful in sharing ideas about gas prices, you may want to share this link.
And, if you receive e-mails with other myths, please forward them to NACS Vice President of Communications Jeff Lenard at firstname.lastname@example.org and we€™ll debunk them, too.