More from a letter from Jimmy Martinez, who, as the Bee County Judge, serves as that community's top elected official:
"Now that oil companies have conditioned us to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is cheap at $2.00-$2.50, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control the market, not sellers. The only way we can see the price of gas go down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gasoline products. The goal of this resolution will create 'competitive gas prices.'"
Actually, like a lot of liberal ideas, this wouldn't quite work, even in theory. Gas is a tradeable commodity, and if, in an amazing act of solidarity, a widespread boycott of ExxonMobil gains momentum, the company could just sell its unused oil to the BPs and Shell Oil's of the world. If you really want to hurt ExxonMobil, ride your bike to work. --Matt Pulle