College professor and Ward IV Albany Commissioner Roger Marietta is leading by example in his drive to use less gasoline. He's riding his bike to work.
Marietta says that if we would all make the decision to drive less, and use alternate transportation, like bikes, consumers could force the price of gas down, by lowering the demand.
"Calling it a Gas Strike to get people's attention, but obviously, people are going to have to buy some gas here and there, but if we act collectively, I think consumers have power," he said.
He chose Facebook to launch the effort after seeing how it helped bring about radical change recently in the middle east. Marietta says it's unrealistic to think no one would buy gas for 30 days, but he says we can all do our part to conserve.
"I think we need to use that muscle, and exert that power, to drive down gas prices. When you look at it, the Saudis are saying oil prices are too high, the gas station owners are saying they're too high, so there's no reason for it other than Wall Street speculators, and if we can force them to dump their futures that they've driven up, we can drive the price down."
"Those people that still have to drive every day can still inflate their tires better, they can no accelerate as quickly they can drive the speed limit, they can take little steps to minimize their gas purchases."
Marietta wants people to reduce their use until gas drops below three dollars a gallon. He wrote letters to the editors of seven newspapers and sent his plan to a thousand friends on Facebook and hopes others will do the same.
Marietta rode his two-wheeler to work Monday morning at Darton College. He lives about a mile away.
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