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Originally posted by Fiberx
reply to post by DerekJR321
Through all accusations there is one thing that 99% of Americans have lost touch with.
To a very large extent we are willing partners in the greed.
As a people, if we organize as groups, we can decide the destiny of these corporations.
Don't like Exxon? Refuse to buy their products. Drive as little as possible and watch prices fall. Organize the closing of a few million BofA accounts in one day... Watch them collapse. Organize class action lawsuits.
Consumers have the ultimate power of life or death over these entities, it just requires cooperation, which we really suck at in this nation where most people barely know their neighbors.
In early 2009 Americans drove 3 billion miles less in a month than the same month in 2008. Oil promptly dropped 100 points!
If consumers set standards for price and refuse to pay more, the seller either lowers the price or goes out of business... If they collapse, someone with a better model WILL replace them, period.
That's the power of an intelligent consumer class, life or death!
Originally posted by fooks
so what is the solution?
nationalize the industry?
start a USA gas/oil company owned by the gov to compete? i like this idea.
come down hard on these clowns at the fed level?
we need more refineries or better ones.
actually i like all the above.
what if the USA goes independent of oil, what will happen to the world's prices?
that is a big market share to loose.
we could make billions a year, doing it ourselves and keeping it in the family.
hey, no more "war for oil" right? lol!
it did NOT always used to be that way decades ago, not even 3-4 years ago... Something has changed