Sunday, April 6, 2008

Useless Facebook groups: Boycotting Oil Companies

Here is the link to a facebook group, that, like so many others is trying to solve a complex problem with an over-simplified solution. The problem, as is deemed by the creator of the group is that gas prices are way up, and the only way to bring them down is to boycott the largest supplier of gasoline in the US, Exxon/Mobil. I could go into much more detail about how the dollar is still sliding, inflation is up, and the FED is doing a terrible job trying to keep a weakening economy afloat....but let's just keep to the basics. Here is what I posted when I added this group:

"Ok, I only joined [this group] because the logic is flawed and I'd like to tell you all to WAKE UP! Exxon/Mobil sets its prices based on the price per barrel they pay to OPEC. Therefore, the real problem is what the Saudis, the Venezuelans and the Iranians are charging, not our American companies. You want cheaper gas?! Allow drilling in ANWR, and allow us to use our own resources so we're not so dependent on OPEC."

So, to bring this to a hopefully more hopeful conclusion, perhaps I should make a group that pushes for more development of our domestic resources, green energy and more hardline negotiations with the countries that make up the cartel that is OPEC. But, more than likely people would find that group too complex, and settle for the useless boycott. It never has anything to do with what is the best way to get things done; people just like to do whatever sounds cooler. That says a lot about America. And people in general. Maybe I should just play some Bob Marley and get stoned and forget about life for a while. At least then I could wake up happy and talk about Sheriffs, love, and not rocking my boat instead of facebook oil boycotts.


Anonymous said...

You are correct sir, and I agree with your comments. However, let's not belittle people who are trying to do something. They may not understand all the complexities of the problem, but they're trying to take some action. Don't discount the power of the oil companies in this charade. A boycott can certainly send a message, although this one will not succeed. A little bit of awareness often leads to a little bit more awareness . . . line upon line.

Heather said...

It's true, they are trying to do something good. However, I think that facebook groups are a very lazy way to do something. All it takes is one click of a button. It doesn't require you to do anything. You aren't committing to do anything with your own time. If you really care about something, and want to do good, DO something. Don't just pretend to by joining a facebook group.