Forget Lobbyists, Now Energy Policy Guided By Viral Email
from the send-this-to-five-people-you-know dept
Last week, one of those viral emails got passed around, which claimed to offer an ingenious way for consumers to force the price of gasoline down. To summarize, it called upon consumers to boycott just one chain of gas stations (Exxon), thus forcing them to lower their prices to get their customers back (There are several problems wrong with this plan, which people can probably figure out). The email specifically demanded that drivers not buy from Exxon until they lower prices to $1.30. Now, a judge in Texas is pushing a resolution, encouraging consumers to take action to reduce the price of gasoline. You guessed it; he wants to boycott Exxon until they reduce their prices to, yes, $1.30. There are lots of examples of misguided government policy; pressure from lobbying groups and simple foolishness are among the chief causes. This may be one of the only examples of policy almost certainly attributable to viral email.