Thursday, February 1, 2007

Terror Free Gas!

I just caught this on MSNBC. A gas station in Omaha, Nebraska is advertising itself as "terror free", claiming it is using non-Middle East oil. According to the owners of the gas station, any money used to buy gas that is manufactured using Middle Eastern oil is directly going to "Islamic Terrorism" and there are signs on the gas pumps to prove it!

This is a nice sentiment, but not very likely. The oil used is blended in pipelines, so there is no way to guarantee that it is coming solely from a location that isn't using oil from the Middle East. It is disturbing, however, that the gas pump has a lovely little logo on it, using images of the World Trad Center, the Pentagon and containing the flight numbers of the four jets that went down on 9/11.

Call me a pessimist, but it seems to me that this is a marketing ploy to tug at the patriotic heartstrings of passers by looking to fill up. Otherwise, why bother with the fancy logo?

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