No Gas Day

May 11, 2006 - Get free updates of new posts here

At $3.40 a gallon I can hardly take driving my car anymore. So what are we going to do about it? Great question. No Gas Day is the answer.

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Online writers also known as bloggers make very little social impact outside of the small community who reads them. I was hoping we could change that now. Remember those emails you get saying ride your bike on that day, this is the same thing except we want the blog world to kick this off. I am hoping to help America use their bikes, do a little walking or even a little jump-roping to work/school.
We want eveyone to try to use as little or no gas as possible on May 22nd. So what can you do?

1- Copy the image above into your blog:
2- Write a post or just post the image and trackback here or email me to join the list of supporters
a) Do a technorati tag: nogasday
3- Get your friends to do the same

This may give me flashbacks a little bit much of my old Berkeley classmates but this is something that we should make a stand against. As the great Jerry Maguire once said “who’s coming with me…”

Ps. Thanks to my readers for commenting how it is not just the oil companies creating these higher prices. It is a multitude of reasons that some important economist can explain:)

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24 responses to “No Gas Day

  1. Steven Ametjan Reply

    The problem with this is a lack of impact. Even if every single person in the country stopped using gas for one day, it’s not going to financially impact the oil companies and cause them to lower their prices. In order to really make an impact, we have to commit to not using gas for longer than just a day. Maybe a week or so. Maybe longer. The next option is to stop using the major companies like Exxon and Mobil, and starting to use smaller companies… but since most of those smaller companies get their gas from Exxon and Mobil, that idea isn’t really going to work either.

    Ultimately it all comes down to being able to start using alternative fuel sources such as Hydrogen, or E85.

    Then again… maybe our President really will find price-gouging from the oil companies and will force them to lower the price… but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

  2. Sean Ness Reply

    1. Hydrogen is years and years off.
    2. Gas prices are going through the roof right now for a political reason…and not the one you are probably aware of: Congress mandated that ethanol replace MTBE as an additive. The problem is they didn’t phase it in…they made it happen all at once. And at the beginning of the summer travel season, when gas prices always tends upwards due to demand. (Bad Congress…bad!) And the additive used as a replacement. (ethanol) is already in limited supply, which drives the price of that up as well…which leads to E85 being more expensive than normal gas.
    3. Emerging markets such as India and China are increasing world demand for gas…this is a worldwide supply and demand phenomena…not just a US problem.

    The only way to deal with high gas prices is to drive less (use public transport, walk, ride a bike, etc.) or trade up for a more fuel efficient car.

    Sorry Noah…the *spirit* of this idea is nice…but it is a non-starter. Conservation is the only tool we have at this point in time.


  3. kareem Reply

    Hell, gas prices should be *higher*. Higher prices incentivize behavior that’s better for the populace (exercise), better for the environment, and arguably better for urban development.

  4. Eric A. Reply

    “There is no valid reason why gas prices are higher except money hungry gas companies” That statement should be removed from this post. It invalidates everyones reasons for not using gas for a day, because it is based not much in fact. Please change this statement to read somehting more like that of Sean Ness’s comment, because he was pretty spot on. There are a multitude of reasons for gas prices going up, not just “money hungry gas companies.” If you change your post to reflect this I would be more willing to post and pass on the word of no gas day. (By the way im pretty sure no gas days have proven not be effective, because people will purchase more gas the day after, and it eventually levels itself out.

  5. Jason Reply

    Let’s face it. At this point, we have to buy gas. I agree with Eric. The only thing “No Gas” day is going to do is for me to have to wait longer in line for gas the next day. It is all based on Supply and Demand. You raise prices to lower demand, but with a product like gas you are going to have to raise it a lot further to stop people from using their cars.

    Yes, I know there are many reasons why the gas prices are higher. I mean oil shot up to $73 a barrell today. However, until there is a more efficient way to run my car I am sticking to gas. Besides, no one wants to carpool with me because I go to work too early.

  6. Rohail Reply

    Despite the good nature of the post, the fact is that even if every commuter in the states avoids buying gas for a day, think about the airplanes, trucks, and cargo ships that all need gas on a daily basis. They, surely are not about to give up on gas. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the majority of gasoline that is used on a daily basis is used by industry and not commuters. So, considering this, even though it is a note-worthy cause, I’m pretty sure the effect will be minimal if any. This is not to say we shouldn’t do something about it though as I agree with Noah in the fact that corporate hunger plays a part in the rising of gas prices, although it may not be the core reason.

  7. Dylan Reply

    Alright, I’m going to come out and say it: Good Job.

    It’s people like you that make a difference in this world. People who are like “Oh, it’s not going to make a difference.” are the people that have no faith in what they do. So what if it dosen’t work, it’s a start isn’t it? Like one of my favorite people, Vincent Van Gogh, once said:
    “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

    The part you play by not using gas is a small one. If two people give up the gas, a bit bigger. One thousand, even greater. While out today, I took a survey of 50 random people, and the average number of gallons used in one day were around 15 gallons a day, with the average gas price in my stare, about $44. If one thousand people gave up gas for one day, thats $44,000 saved. Imagine if we did that for three days.

    What I’m trying to say is even though it seems so small, in a great multitude, this could be big. Just have some faith people, just do it. Trust in yourself. It’s one day of no gas . . . just one day.

    Agian, Noah what you want to do is fantastic, and I wish you the best of luck, you now have one more supporter!

  8. Jason Reply

    I guess I just do not get why you are supporting this. Is it to “Stick it” to the man? Is it to conserve gas? That is a big gamble. I mean you could not buy gas tomorrow, and then wind up paying seven more cents a gallon the next. Not a very wise decision. Let me put this equation out there for Dylan…

    Now it is the next day. The local gas station has raised its price by seven cents. That would make it about $45 to fill up the old tank. And now you have gone three days without your starbucks coffee. Well, you better finally fill up that tank. I mean you can’t boycott your car forever. This is America. Now lets say 1000 people do this. Oh no, you just cost 1000 families with two kids and a mortgage $1,000 ($45,000 – $44,000).

    “I wish I would have bought that gas on that stupid No Gas day when it was seven cents a gallon cheaper! Now my kid will have to go to a public colege with baseball hats as far as the eye can see,” said Average Joe Consumer.

    I am sure Exxon/Mobil is shaking in their boots. They know people are going to buy. People are obsessed with their cars and driving. I am sure your next door neighbor’s Hummer will make up the difference when your hybrid Prius does not buy gas.

    I am not trying to be a juerk, just being Devil’s advocate. Trying to get some real discussion in here besides the usual “I love you Noah stuff.” No offense Noah I enjoy your blog.

  9. Dylan Reply

    Though I do see where you are coming from I would like to point out something from basic economics. Companies want more money. When demand for product is up, prices go up. When demand for product outsoruces the supply, we’re in trouble. If a company saves enough gas, the prices will lower beacuse everyone has a surplus. Basic economics here. A company will not go up in prices because no one is buying their product!

    Now, I don’t want to get in an argument, I mean this in the nicest way possible . . .

  10. Jason Reply

    I understadn economics. I totally agree with you there. The whole reason demand goes down is when the price is out of the range of what they want to spend, or gets too high. The only problem is, Oil does not really work on basic economics. It is actually very complex. WE are not just going up and down the demand and supply curves. The lines are actually moving everyday. There are so many other outside forces controlling the price of oil.

    And by no means am I trying to argue. I agree that we need to look into alternative fuel sources. WE need to find one that is feasible as soon as possible. However, in the mean time I still have to go to work. Which means I still have to fill up my car. I guess that is just my opportunity cost (basic economics) involved with not wanting to get fired. Sooner or later we are all going to have to fill up our cars. I guess we will nust have to gamble if that price is going to go up or down on the day I fill up. I would hate to have had No gas day today or yesterday. It sure is going to hurt driving by those gas stations tomorrow when gas prices continue to creep up because oil just hit $73 a barrell. Ouch!

  11. Dylan Reply

    True. Gas prices fluctuate so much that it is hard to decide weather you want to get gas today or tomorrow.

    Recently, I spoke with a Chemical Engineer from Exxon Mobile. He told me about the ethonol problem and such. When I spoke to him about what they could do to make gas emissions less dangerous, he told me about a new chemical that uses chemical reactions to break down Oil, in which the desynthesis of the chemicals creat energy to power a car, and the oil is returned to the Earth. Though, he did say that Hydragen is further along, but he sees a bright, cleaner future in America.

    But of course, I’m sure Exxon paid him to say that . . .

  12. Sean Ness Reply

    You want to impact the price of gas? It’s really simple…participate in that boycott. But do it in a different way: take the train to work (like I do) and do it EVERY DAY. Boycott gas ALL THE TIME. Train, walk, bike, skate, carpool, work at home, etc., it is very simple: conservation. It is the only solution we have right now.

  13. Jason Reply

    I admire your desire to change the world, but a boycott is not going to change gas prices. People have to have gas. It is just like cigarettes. You raise the price and people still buy. Has a boycott ever really worked? Did’nt people try that a couple weeks ago? I did not feel the impact.

    I admire people for the effort, but it will make little impact. I know what you are going to say…it’s people like you that make it not work. And that is exactly my point. There are too many people like me, and many that are far worse.

  14. kareem Reply

    Revolutions start with one person.

    If you believe that what you’re doing is right, your enthusiasm will infect others.

    The the revolution consists of more than one person. And the revolution spreads.

    By being defeatist before without giving no-gas day a chance, you become part of the problem.

    And not part of the solution.


  15. azndrew Reply

    Hey NOah,

    funny.. its 6:17am on Saturday and i’m writing a feasability report on alternative transportation fuels to gaoline.

    i don’t think I will be participating in “boycott gas day, may 22nd” simply because i dont care enough. yes that is right. i said it. and the truth of the matter is, when confronted with the dilemma of convenience on may 22nd. ppl are going to just say screw it. and drive their car. to work. the strip joint. arbys…

    according to “experts” in the energy biz.. oil is only going to be around for another 50-100 years at the rate we are using it.

    polling 3 of my chemical engineering profs about hydrogen fuel. “it aint gonna replace gasoline as the next energy source, no way no how…”
    seeing how hydrogen is explosive. and with cars smashing into each other.. kaboom.

    ethanol doesn’t seem too feasible either.. seeing how something like.. every square foot of the united states would need to grow corn in order to produce enough biomass to ferment… Brazil has a successful program with ethanol fueled cars, but thats because they have like.. 1/10th? the number of cars we do.. and sugar cane is cheap as fuck…

    anyways.. i ride my bicycle pretty much every day.. 4+miles a day.. asa student it isn’t really necssary for me to drive… but then again i knew 2 ppl at anheuser that rode bikes to work 2-3times a week.. (15-20miles)…

    i just dont understand why ppl dont live closer to work…
    i agree that conservation is a huge part of the solution…

    americans are fat and lazy for the most part.. may22nd aint gonna do shit.. ppl are just gonna grumble at the pump.. and forget about it.

    but props noah for bringing up this topic for discussion.. i’m glad to see that ur readers arent attacking each other and calling one another names.. good stuff. i miss u.

  16. LadyROARS Reply

    Boycotts are only effective if we stop using the product we are boycotting! Unfortunately Americans are slaves to the petrol industry.

    NO GAS DAY is the right direction, now let’s get in one big group and make it an ONGOING action! Everyone can minimize their overall use on a regular basis.

  17. Stephen Reply

    One day won’t make a difference.

    Just don’t buy gas from Exxon/Mobil period. Buy it everywhere and whoever else.

    Force Exxon to lower their prices and other gas companies will follow suit.

    Will people really stop filling up to their convenience?

  18. Roger Lis Reply

    The only method that will truly work would be if everyone boycotted a specific gas company for a month. For example for the month of June Speedway gets the boycott and no one buys gas at any Speedway location, July BP Amoco gets the boycott, August, Shell gets the boycott, Sept. Marathon, Oct. Citgo and so on…..
    I really believe if we put this boycott together correctly and got media attention gas price will plummet. This no gas day will just force more people to the pump the day prior and the day after. You have to start hurting “big oil” like they are hurting us, in the wallet and one at a time. Mark my words it will work!!!!!!

    Roger D. Lis
    Culinary Arts
    Thornridge High School