Now here's what bugs me. I know that the people who work at these gas stations don't make very much money. And the people who own them struggle to stay afloat. But Exxon just reported RECORD profits.
I took Economics in college, so I know that the price of commodities goes up based on supply and demand. If there's less oil available, or if the supply line is interrupted, it makes sense that there would be some rise. And I can live with the idea that a company has to cover that rise with a slight increase in price.
But then, I would expect the percentage of their profit to stay the same -- after all, they're "ONLY" covering their costs, right?
Yeah, they're laughing all the way to the bank. It really irks me that we have just rolled over on this and they're trusting that we're too addicted to our cars or too stupid to change. There's no thought of "we're in this together." It's all about their profits. The oil companies have conditioned us to EXPECT a price rise due to instability of the producing countries, oil spills, bad weather, sunspots, etc. So we gripe, but we STILL PAY the price at the pump.
Yes, I know they're a business and responsible to their shareholders. But an honest ad would go something like this:
WE ARE A BIG OIL COMPANY
OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO MAKE MONEY
FOR OUR SHAREHOLDERS AND
OUR UPPER MANAGEMENT
WE WILL DO IT BASED ON YOUR WILLINGNESS
TO BE FLEECED.
THERE IS NO 'TOGETHER' IN THIS RELATIONSHIP
UNLESS YOU ARE ONE OF THE PEOPLE
THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.
So while I drive a hybrid, and I try to be smart about combining trips, I think my bike is going to see even more activity than in the past. My own little personal protest.
But first, for Mother's Day, would someone tell my family I need a new gel seat for the bike?
Thank you very much.