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With Help from GasBuddy Politifact Issues Pants on Fire Rating to Gas Out Claim

PolitiFact -- Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at, called the claim "an outright myth/lie" and said there’s no evidence to support it. PolitiFact New Jersey reviewed news archives and found no mention of a boycott in 1997. There were movements pushing national gas boycotts in 1999 and 2000. News reports and data show both efforts gained little support and gas prices had no major fluctuations at the time of the boycotts. That was also the case for gas prices in April 1997. Historical data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which tracks the weekly national average for gasoline, shows costs varied by less than a penny. On April 7, 1997, a gallon of regular gasoline on average cost roughly $1.19. At the end of the month, the same gallon cost about $1.18.

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Submitted Apr 17, 2012 By: mad_low
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Champion Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 10:49:12 AM

Great article!!

Finally the honest facts are put forth!!!
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Champion Author Oakland

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:55:04 AM

As with most urban myths, the facts are usually more mundane. Thanks to GB for the background.
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Champion Author Grand Rapids

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 9:42:55 AM

Actually, natural gas is the elephant in the room that oil has cannot ignore much longer.
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Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2012 8:21:00 AM

Gas Boycotts have little to no impact. The demand is still there. Improved fuel economy and electric vehicles should however gradually reduce overall demand and our dependence on foreign oil.
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