Sunday, April 30, 2006

Stupidity in government - Texas county to boycott Exxon Mobil

BEEVILLE — High gas prices are unquestionably painful in this small South Texas town that is at least an hour's drive from malls and specialized medical care, but some residents are doubting the wisdom of the county board's call for a boycott of Exxon Mobil Corp.

Opponents of the boycott that starts Monday note that oil and gas taxes fund much of Bee County's budget, and they say a boycott could end up harming mom-and-pop gas stations whose main profits are not from oil.

The boycott against the world's largest oil company will continue until gas is down to $1.30 a gallon, said County Judge Jimmy Martinez, the county's highest elected official. A gallon of regular unleaded cost $2.92 on average around the nation and $2.80 in the Corpus Christi region today, according to AAA.

Bee County (Web site, Wikipedia) has a total population of just over 32,000 people, what makes them think that they can have an effect on the global oil markets?

I have no idea.

Anybody got any guesses?

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