Juliane Silvers is one of the few smiling motorists at the moment. Her smart car is exremely fuel efficient.
Juliane Silvers is one of the few smiling motorists at the moment. Her smart car is exremely fuel efficient.

Fuelling anger



"ENOUGH is enough'' ? motorists are being asked to take a stand against oil companies.

The cry has gone out for motorists to embargo oil companies by not buying petrol today.

An email circulating the nation yesterday declared September 9 'Stick it up their behind day' and called on people not buy a single drop of petrol.

The action comes as a protest against escalating fuel prices.

The email also asked people to boycott the oil companies by not buying fuel on Thursday, September 22.

But Phil Giles from Reliance Petroleum said the boycott was ridiculous and based on ignorance.

"Australia doesn't control the price of petrol,'' he said. "Don't they realise the price of a crude barrel of oil is coming down while at the same time the Aussie dollar has strengthened?

"This is probably the peak price we will have to pay for petrol.''

Other service station operators in the Gladstone region unanimously questioned the validity of the boycott, stating it did not target the real culprits.

They also agreed the boycott would have little impact.

Darryl Branthwaite of Caltex Boyne River said people should be looking at how they used their cars and consider car pooling.

"Everyone is complaining about the cost of petrol but they still drive to work with only one person in the car,'' he said.



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