The Community Alliance Calls For National Boycott Of Exxon-Mobil
Few things impact upon our quality of life as that which hits us in the wallet, and nothing stings the pocketbook these days quite as hard as the price at the pump.
$61 a barrel – yesterday. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? All we can tell you is, what not all that long ago in the collective memory was 45 cents per gallon (okay, 45.9 cents. What’s with that .9?), is now hovering around the $2.55 per gallon mark.
We can’t stop buying gas. An incomprehensible (if not reprehensible) energy policy has made America more dependent upon fossil fuels than ever. Writing letters to Congress or the FTC asking for regulation, investigation into price gouging and profiteering, and to otherwise stop the madness, go straight into the circular file. So what if we, the people who consume untold millions of gallons of gas every week, targeted a single supplier – cutting off the greenbacks that flow into its coffers? Not a one day embargo, mind you. Not a week of filling up elsewhere. A boycott until it hurts their wallets as much as it hurts ours.
First, of course, we have to select our target. One of the major players. A company, say, that profited to the tune of $25.33 BILLION off our backs in 2004, and recently announced record 2005 2nd Quarter earnings of $7.6 BILLION, a 32% rise in quarterly profits over the same period in 2004. [Sure, it costs plenty for R & D, to drill, pollute, increase global warming, pay off regulators, legislators and lawsuits, and otherwise refine and distribute. Consider, however, that Exxon-Mobil had a gross profit margin in 2004 of some 46.8%. That’s some tiger in our tank, eh?]
All right, Exxon-Mobil it is!
Okay, so one guy (you know, that one person who can make the difference) boycotts Exxon-Mobil, and buys at Shell, Gulf or Valero (where a prudent buyer can save 5 cents off of every gallon). Not a dent. If that one person, however, gets five people – or ten people – to boycott Exxon-Mobil, and those people line up another ten, and so on… Well, you know how the Six Degrees of Separation works.
We’re no Cesar Chavez here, and maybe a boycott of Exxon-Mobil won’t do for the American consumer what the boycott of grapes did for the farm worker, but, man, its worth a try, isn’t it? This is grassroots organization at its core. An empowerment of the American people!
To think, the will of migrant workers, combined with the vision of one man, energized a national movement and brought an entire industry to its knees, improving the working conditions for thousands who theretofore had no voice and little future. All of this without benefit of the Internet, no less!
Imagine the will of millions of gas-guzzling Americans, each connected to millions of other Americans through the wonders of the Internet, boycotting Exxon-Mobil, and asking friends, family and neighbors to do the same. Yes, the tiger can be tamed!
It won’t happen overnight (a giant with 2nd Quarter revenues of $88.57 BILLION won’t curl up on the floor and die), but if the numbers joining the embargo over time are large enough, the hit to Exxon-Mobil’s bottom line will, given time and perseverance, be significant enough.
As Americans, we are used to the trials and tribulations that accompany our continuing revolution. Heck, we thrive on it. We take on the challenges to our quality of life as a kid takes to a Tootsie-Pop®, and fear no evil – not even the mega-moguls at Exxon-Mobil.
The message sent to Exxon-Mobil, and through their eventual financial pain (this may take a while, folks), to the other producers and suppliers, will be clear: “We won’t be taken advantage of anymore.”
The seed has been planted. Whether the boycott of Exxon-Mobil ultimately succeeds is now in your hands. Spread the word. Engage everyone you speak to, e-mail or otherwise communicate with. Ask those at the workplace, at your house of worship, in your club, fraternity or neighborhood card game to join the boycott. [Perhaps we’ll even gain the attention of the local press and the national media. Today Long Island, tomorrow Letterman! :-)] Keep an eye on the goal of driving down the price at the pump. The power at the pump - as in the voting booth - is ours.
BOYCOTT EXXON-MOBIL! [For more on the dastardly doings at Exxon-Mobil (as if you needed more of an incentive to join the boycott), visit www.exxposeexxon.com.]
UPDATE: EXXON-MOBIL POSTED 2005 3rd QUARTER EARNINGS OF $9.8 MILLION, THE HIGHEST QUARTERLY EARNINGS OF ANY COMPANY IN U.S. HISTORY!