Welcome Wednesday Blog Hoppers! I had every intention of waking this morning and writing my review for ClickN Kids, but as I quickly scanned my FaceBook, I saw that some of my local friends had said yes to “No Gas Day.”
Flabbergasted at first and then just annoyed, I quickly set out to gather my facts and share with you this morning instead why you should NOT be participating in a boycott of gas.
The Facts First
In 2009, The World Factbook from the CIA estimated that Americans consume 18,690,000 barrels of oil per day. Based on the 2011-estimated population of 313,232,044, the average American uses just under a half a barrel of oil per week or almost 22 barrels per year.
These may sound like small numbers, but in comparison to China where the average person consumes just above 2 barrels per year, Thailand where they use just under 2 barrels per year or India where a person will use just .91 barrels per year, our numbers are staggering.
As a nation, we consume more barrels of oil per day than any other country in the world.
Now Let’s Look at the Gas Prices
As of March 14, 2011, the Energy Information Administration listed the average price of gasoline in America at $3.567 a gallon.
As of today, March 16, 2011 the average price of gas in Thailand according to the Energy Policy and Planning Office is 37.46 baht a liter, or $4.67 a gallon.
So, a country with a population almost five times smaller than our own and consumes 11.5 times less barrels of oil per year than we do is paying almost over $1 a gallon more for gas than we are.
Do you still think you are paying TOO much for gas?
Still up for boycotting or just confused? Let’s break it down
Population - 313,232,044
Barrels of Oil Consumed Per Year - 21.78* barrels per person
Amount Paid by Consumers Per Barrel - $149.814
Amount Paid by Consumers Per Year - $1,022,008,635,900
Population - 66,720,153
Barrels of OIl COnsumed Per Year - 1.95* barrels per person
Amount Paid by Consumers Per Barrel - $196.14
Amount Paid by Consumers Per year - $25,486,431,600
We Consume 11.17* times more oil per year per person We end up spending 40* times more per year *numbers are rounded up
The bottom line, in case you haven’t figured it out yet, is that we live in a country wrapped up in consumerism. We complain of our rising gas prices, yet it is not the gas prices that are the problem.
Instead, it is the need of our population to GO and SPEND at alarming rates.
Despite the fact that the people of Thailand pay more for a gallon of gasoline than we are, we are spending almost 1 Trillion more a year then they are.
1 TRILLION, did you faint yet? Well how about this, with the amount of money we waste on gasoline as a consumer society we could pay our countries deficit and have billions of dollars left over to provide jobs for our unemployed, feed our hungry, build homes for our homeless and so much more.
A Boycott is Not the Answer
Boycotting is not going to change our situation. Choosing to stay away from the pump for one day will have NO effect on the price of the gas because at some point and time you will still have to put that gasoline in your vehicle whether be the days preceding the boycott or the days after.
The only true solution to cut down on the amount of money you spend on gas, the amount of money we spend as a nation and the environmental harm we are causing is to make real lifestyle changes.
As a whole, we need to work towards becoming a society that cares for each other’s needs and works with our natural resources, straying away from consumerist mentality we have all become accustomed to.
Pledge to Change Your Ways
Instead of boycotting the gas stations and huffing and puffing about how much money you have spend at the pump, pledge to change your ways and reduce your consumption instead.