Pray at the Pump

Forget Congress, the White House, or that pesky economic princple of supply and demand ... the recent drop in gas prices at the pump is the direct result of a higher authority: God.

That's what Rocky Twyman, founder of the Pray at the Pump movement, claimed:

To solve the problem, Twyman isn't begging the Lord for any specific act of intervention. He is not asking God to make OPEC pump more oil. Nor is he praying for all the speculative investors to be purged from the New York Mercantile Exchange, where crude oil is traded.

Instead, he says anyone who wants to follow his example should keep it simple.

"God, deliver us from these high gas prices," Twyman said. "That's all they have to say."

Consumer advocates who have been howling about gasoline prices for months say they understand his frustration, even if they haven't tried his tactics.

"Given the complete inertia and silence of this White House on a crisis that has people feeling just hopeless, prayer is probably as good as anything," said Judy Dugan, research director with the nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog. "Frankly, I wish them luck."

Link - via Surfing the Apocalypse

(Photo: Paul Chinn/SF Chronicle)

Yeah this is about as helpful as I would expect. Thank you religious types! Now lets forget about education and just pray that kids grow up with them smarticles.
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Pray about prices? Just stop using so much gas... the prices will then come down. Pray for justice for the downtrodden. Or for patience and wisdom. Gas and prices are just market forces.

Better yet, pray for the courage to deal with it.
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Im sorry, but I really wish everyone would stop complaining about gas prices in America... in Europe and the surrounding regions, the gas prices are 3 times as much!! Complaining occasionally is understandable, but people in the us actually collectively WHINE about it. Americans that live in the US need to understand that they have it easy. Get smaller cars and be more efficient! Stop being lazy and praying to God about it, if there is one after all!
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i'm sorry Idil.. our houses aren't stacked on top of each other and our cities aren't an easy stroll down the street. we are a little more spread out than a lot of us would like to be, but what the hell are we to do about that? move closer to our jobs, ride our bikes, stop contributing to national habits and form our own, yunno. be ethical. but wait-- have you heard? americans have driven over a billion less miles in the last year! people are changing their habits! the private sector is growing again! fortune 500 companies are changing thair habits too! and despite these temporary morale boosters and habit changes , our economy is falling and people are struggling. in my local economy, the DHL distribution plant in Wilmington and the GM-Moraine truck/suv plant are both closing. that is over 10,000 LOCAL jobs. because those companies are closing, other places are closing/struggling due to severe drops in traffic moving through those areas. people have no other choice but to move out of the area because why should they stay? it's a little easier to complain about high gas prices here because we don't have that many choices as far as transportation diversity. but we have bigger internal problems that we're not facing, and gas prices are just the tip of the iceburg. tell me i'm a lazy american to my face and hope i don't rip it off. i may not be proud that my fellow americans aren't exactly setting a great example for the rest of us, but dammit-- i love this country. my government may not be any smarter than a can of beans, but i bet i can thank them for keeping our gas prices as low as they are.. and you can thank your government for the prices YOU have to deal with. don't blame us. we're in this together. and the only way we can get passed it all is to stop bickering and f-ing DO something about it. what are YOU doing?
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oh ha.. i got off the handle there.. the ARTICLE! it's terrible. but don't worry-- as soon as the invisible sky man swoops down and high-fives the middle east, i'm sure we can all return to our normal level of hedonism.

and then pigs will fly out of my butt.
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What are pigs doing in your butt, MoonCake?

Yeah, there are a few more important things to pray for, like Brad and Angelina, or maybe for that ugly Chinese girl to get a singing gig where she can show her face.

And maybe world peace, too.
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Pray at the pump....pray at the grocery store...pray when paying to heat your home this winter...pray as you watch your savings dwindle, etc. Oh yea, pray George Bush enjoys his retirement, which can't come soon enough. And last but not least ,pray the new President has some idea of how to get us out of this mess. CAN I HEAR AN AMEN??!!
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I suspect the Republican Convention and the upcoming election have much more to do with the price of gas than any prayer.

Labor Day 2004 was the first time in my life that gas prices actually went down or stayed the same. Why not do it again since they already have the price up to $4 a gallon.
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If you are going to pray, pray for the wisdom to select better leaders...leaders who will think long -term in solving energy problems, and who are not 'in bed' with big oil or those who manufacture Hummers and other fuel guzzlers. Ask these people what they are really doing to personally help solve the problem (instead of praying, that is) how did they vote in the last election? Did they help put into office these Texan GOP Bush/Cheney 'oil buddy' types?
Essentially, people can't connect the dots. Locals don't seem to be able to make any changes in how they live.. they want their big SUV/trucks, boats, airplanes, RV's the size of houses, and other bourgeois/ baby- boomer 'toys'. They want to continue to live way out in the sticks or suburbs (often due to decades of 'white flight'), but never realized that would mean having to commute everywhere, at some expense! Those in the suburbs of fiscally ultra-conservative cities have often voted down the new local taxes for public transportation(subways or light rail that would have would eased this somewhat) in lieu of support for building huge sports stadiums, etc. So, they are basically clueless and short sighted about establishing real priorities for the common good.
I wonder if we get what we deserve, but that sentiment is not popular in America. We have always been a people who want our cake, and want to eat it too.
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MoonCake, you don't need an SUV to drive to the corner store. And if any of these car companies had brains, they would convert their factories to make more smaller cars and/or hybrids (which apparently are flying out of the showroom before they even arrive)... not just close the factories and whine about how people don't want SUVs anymore.

If the sky-being really cared about America's gas problems, he wouldn't have put so much of the world's oil under the Middle East. Praying about gas prices is just a waste of energy. And it's pretty selfish, too, considering the state of the world these days. Would you like to move to Georgia right now?

Didn't think so.
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aww moonpie.. that's cute. just remember-- my dumb cancerous country was built by europeans.

anyway, neatoramawontsendmeapassword-- preaching to the choir here. i know that, you know that.. and actually, that GM plant i spoke of is shifting it's production from trucks/SUVs to sedans and smaller vehicles. this doesn't solve the problem, obviously, but they are making some changes. they should have pumped more money into their R&D department a decade ago and thought about how the market was going to shift. then they could have jumped into the new market ahead of the curve, and could have made a lot of money. instead, they maintained their agenda and now we're absolutely saturated with vehicles with nowhere to put them. but honestly, i'm glad they're failing. though i just bitched that it's destroying our local economy, it still brings a sinister smile to my face. all we can really say is 'i told you so.'
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God would like to declare that the news about his implication in the recent drop of oil prices is a total fabrication. He would also like to add, that, if it were in his powers, he would raise the prices at the pump until 'all you fat asses' stop lounging and bitching around in cars and start walking 'on your pork hams you call legs'. Any future drumcircles around pumps will be struck down by floods or lightning strikes. Thank you!
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