Gas Pump Activism

24 Apr

Do you have to take these gas prices in silence? I don’t think so.

All you have to do is download this pdf, print out a few copies and put them, along with a roll of Scotch tape, into your car.

The next time you fill up, instead of watching in horror as the dollar amount on the pump races by as the gallons trickle into your tank, afix one of these to the pump.

Take care to not cover vital information regarding safety, etc. and don’t cover any advertising.

Then drive off with a smile on your face, knowing that when the next person drives up to the pump they’ll either agree with you and be pleased to know that they’re not alone, be better informed by your message or if it’s an Obamabot, you’ll have thrown water on their circuitry and ruined their day.

Here’s the pdf you can download for a better quality image for printing purposes…


Update: A certain gas station that caters to I-95 traffic in Ashland, VA has been ‘blogged’. I saw a man at the next pump read it thoroughly before filling his tank. He did NOT fly into a rage and tear it down.

It’s on!

Update2: The response to this post has been overwhelming! Welcome Instapundit, Ace of Spades, Weasel Zippers, AR15 and all.

A commenter at Ace recommends that the blue painters tape be used as it is easily removable without leaving traces of Scotch tape. That’s probably a good idea, although I’m not willing to lose the Republic over Scotch tape residue. That’s just me.

As for the artwork, such as it is, feel free to share it with whomever. We need to pin the gas price tail on this Donkey.

Update3: Someone suggested that we create a Spanish version of this. That’s a great idea!
If anyone can do the translation I’d be happy to do it. But no wise guys, please. I want you to know that I know several Spanish words, including cerveza, biblioteca, putana, pendejo and chimichanga, so I’ll catch you if you’re trying to scam me.

Update Again:
Here’s a great rework of the original from botnet.


121 responses to “Gas Pump Activism

  1. SouthofMadison

    April 25, 2011 at 9:31 am

    I respect private property and I will not use another person’s property to advertise my political message.

  2. marfdrat

    April 25, 2011 at 9:32 am

    This is awesome. I’d love to pass this along to readers on my blog, with credit to you. Can I have your permission?

    • Martin M. McMartin

      April 25, 2011 at 10:25 am

      Yes, please do so

  3. Mastro

    April 25, 2011 at 10:10 am

    You are perpetuating the silly notion that a president can fix gas prices.

    He can’t.

    I remember people complaining to Bush when he had high prices- he point blank told a veteran he didn’t have that power.

    This graph seems to coincide with the recession pretty well- when demand for oil usually falls-

    • brassia

      April 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Dear MAestro,
      I understand your desire to remove all blame from the messiah, however what do you think would happen to the price of wheat if we stopped growing it?
      Well, your messiah has moratorium on oil drilling in our country (in spite of court decision to overturn it!!) and in the same time gave 2 billion dollars each to Petrabra (Brazil) and Mexico, printed loads of money causing the dollar to loose much of it’s value further raisng the gas prices…CARE to explain Why your messiah is doing it?

    • aebe

      April 27, 2011 at 10:15 pm

      1st – He said he was going to do it,it is happening,makes it more than fair to blame the O’Bummer.
      2nd – He is shutting down American oil production.Blame him some more.

    • ZZMike

      April 27, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Let me expand on that a bit. Certainly, it’s true that Obama can’t call up the gasoline companies’ CEOs and say, “OK, raise them prices”.

      What he can do – and is doing – is control the supply – and when supply goes down, prices go up. He controls the supply by decreeing “no more drilling in the Gulf”; “no drilling in Alaska”, “no drilling in West Texas” (most recently).

    • Surrounded by statists!

      April 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm

      You are absolutely wrong about this: He is (supposedly) the commander-in-chief. His henchmen are denying oil companies permits to drill, he has given money to Brazil to drill in the Gulf yet still refuses to issue permits to U S Oil companies to drill. He has stated he wants higher gas prices, and furthermore he mocks the “little” people – the “folks” as he loves to call us as he looks down his nose at everything American except our money. He does a really good job of blowing that. He laughs while deriding people in his audiences (which are getting smaller and smaller,btw)who need larger autos because they have many children. That’s the narcissistic skinny little twit you dorol over. No – this is all about him and his cronies get rich from the global warming scam.

    • Cat

      April 29, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      He and the Fed certainly are effectively devaluing the dollar and Oil is tried to the U. S. Dollar.

  4. Alan S. Blue

    April 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It would be handy, and slightly more emphatic, if the reference for the quote provided a link, or at least more detail.

    • Joe Nowlin

      April 25, 2011 at 10:56 am

  5. TNPatriot

    April 25, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Great idea. Just remember that the gas station owner and the gasoline supplier are small business owners, trying to make a living, pay taxes, and keep people employed. They are NOT responsible for the high price of gasoline. Very few gas stations today are owned by Big Oil. These small business men and women wish the price of gasoline was much less, just like you. Can you imagine the cost to put a load (probably 400+ gallons) of gasoline in the holding tanks at the gasoline stations? Alot!! And those owners usually have to pay that money upfront. Tough dollars to float. We all need to know what is responsible for the higher prices of gasoline. Simply put: The decline in the dollar. This is Obama’s fault. Fire him in 2012.

    • Rick C

      April 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

      TNPatriot, just to correct you a bit: an average-sized gas station, especially one that’s on a commuter road, may easily buy 7-15 *thousand* gallons of gas a week. The tanker trucks you see filling up stations hold around 7-8 thousand gallons.

    • ZZMike

      April 25, 2011 at 8:56 pm

      TNPatriot: You’re right about the gas station owners. Many are “small businessmen”. But this PDF puts the blame right where it belongs: at the feet of Obama and his administration.

      We loaned about $2 billion a few years back (through the Export-Import Bank), to Brazil, to help them finance offshore drilling. Recently, we loaned them another $2 billion, for the same purpose.

      But he has steadfastly refused to allow drilling in the gulf, or in the mosquito-infested wastelands in Alaska.

      Just today we learn that the EPA refused to give Shell Oil a permit to drill of the northern coast of Alaska – even after Shell put up $5 billion and 5 years trying to satisfy the EPA.

      Obama: “Let everybody else drill all they want for oil – we’ll even lend them billions to help them do it. But absolutely no oil exploration here in the US.”

      You can drive up the price of a commodity in two ways: increase the demand, or reduce the supply. Since the administration od trying their level best to reduce the demand (“let everybody buy electric cars, or ride bicycles, …”), the only thing left os to restrict the supply. This they’re doing by stopping all US explorations and drilling.

      “Simply put: The decline in the dollar.”
      That may be part of it, but the supply/demand thing is the major factor. If we were producing oil – and we could produce a lot of it – the price would be a lot lower.

    • Stbernardnot

      April 26, 2011 at 8:28 am

      In the interest of accuracy, a load of gasoline is 8500-9000 gal. Way worse than 400 🙂

    • Max Entropy

      May 4, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      An 18 wheel tanker truck and trailer holds closer to 8000 gallons.
      You’re right about the retailer having to pay for the gas. That’s why gas prices rise very quickly after a problem in the supply chain. While the gas in the tank was bought at last week’s price, the station owner has to worry about buying the next tank of gas so re raises the price quickly. it will only come down under competitive pressures i.e. the station across the street lowers their price.
      Love the campaign by the way. installed my first note this morning in Newark, CA.

  6. Cinnamongirl

    April 25, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I just emailed my like-minded buddies with your link. I am going to post the picture I take of the flyer the next time I fill up, on Facebook. I have lots of friends 🙂

  7. JM

    April 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

    You are giving democrats too much credit with that sign. All but 3 of those words have more than 1 syllable. They won’t be able to read it. All they’ll decipher will be “my plan would”, then they will simply fill in the blanks with their imaginations.

  8. craig

    April 25, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Any way we could get a PDF that doesn’t have a big color photo on it? Even printing it on a b/w laser printer, that thing takes up a lot of ink. Maybe a non-photo version, or an outline only?

    Great idea! Can’t wait to use it.

    • Reema

      April 25, 2011 at 5:28 pm

      Just get a screenshot (ctrl+printscreen) of the doc, paste it in the MS word. Right click on the image and change image properties to black & white. It will change the color to black for the picture. Or on your printer, if available choose black only before printing. I think there is an option in print preview too to choose black & white color only.

  9. Kirk Parker

    April 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I’m with Alan, only more strongly so: the poster is worthless without a readable citation of the source of the quote, and of the chart. (No, just saying “Energy Information Administration” doesn’t cut it, as that doesn’t really help the reader verify it.)

    With these links, I’d gladly put these up all over. Without then, it’s just more noise–and WAY too easy for the pro-O folks to dismiss.

  10. Saddlesore

    April 25, 2011 at 11:54 am

    That statement from Obama may be the only thing he has said that wasn’t a lie.

  11. Jack

    April 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Poignant. I can’t wait to start posting these around Chicago, the home (not birthplace) of this atrocity.

  12. Achillea

    April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Possible to get a version in Spanish?

  13. max

    April 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    You all conveniently forget that prices were this high (and higher) under Bush. The only reason prices went down was because the financial sector cratered later in 2008.

    You start your graph at the bottom of the financial crisis. How about presenting a little bit of truth?

    • akbellerive

      April 25, 2011 at 6:26 pm

      Going from about $1.50 to $4.25 in eight years is a lot better than going from $1.80 to $4.00 in two in my opinion.

    • Matilda Mason

      April 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

      Prices spiked when Bush was in but they didn’t remain high! Nixon put tempory price controls on things so why can’t the the Great One? He throws these bones to us of having the oil prices looked into, but we know that is a ploy for re election. What about food prices? Why is over 50% corn being used for ethanol? Why is the government subsidizing farmers who grow corn for ethanol? why are the oil companies getting subsidies?It’s a way to earase the middle class!

  14. max

    April 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Better yet, show a graph of gas prices throughout the Bush presidency as well.

  15. ErikZ

    April 25, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Interesting. So, you want to show how high the gas prices were under the Bush administration, and then, at that time, Obama promising that they would go even higher?

    Are you insane?

  16. savant

    April 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    So did prices ever really go down? Max sounds like an O!bot but points out correctly that Obama’s inauguration represents the low demand caused by the recession. If we look at the fact that the prices have increased beyond the high of the Bush Administration, but concede that the dollar has also lost value also (Thanks QE2!) it seems we’re just seeing the price readjust for demand again?

  17. BT

    April 25, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    There is a site on facebook, that suggests doing the same thing, only with the words, “How’s that hopey changy thing working out for you?” Personally, I think the “hope change” is going to hit people who will only read three words a lot harder than “Under my plan… necessarily skyrocket.” Too much for most libs to comprehend.

  18. GingerH

    April 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    How does it matter what gas prices were under Bush? He is gone. Get over it. Barry is the here and now. This is what we have to deal with. Now if you were going to use Bush’s past mistakes to learn what NOT to do, that would at least be sensible. But no. You are only dragging his name into the mix because you can’t stand the fact that everybody is ganging up on the dope you voted for. Be a man, admit you were wrong and stop whining like a sissy girl. Barry knew exactly what he was getting into when he signed on and he could care less about you and your pitiful defense of his actions.

  19. blackwatertown

    April 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Clever propaganda note, and good way to spread the message on pumps.
    But you’re all living in a dream world when it comes to gas prices compared to Europe.

    • Matilda Mason

      April 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

      This is not Europe. We have our own gas supplies if we were allowed to go after them. We are America.

  20. SkySphere

    April 25, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Bush was in office for over seven years before gas prices reached their peak in his administration; Obama’s halfway through his first term and they’re about to surpass Bush’s all-time high. How’s that for presenting a little bit of truth?

  21. Brian Dunbar

    April 25, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    ’m with Alan, only more strongly so: the poster is worthless without a readable citation of the source of the quote,

    You need a citation if you’re blogging, presenting a paper, getting funding from a VC.

    You don’t need no stinkin’ citation for a political poster: people who care can find the source. Most people don’t, and you’ll simply clutter the message and distract from the main point.

  22. JohnB

    April 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm


    The simple truth is that the prices started their downward trend in mid to late July 2008, immediately after Bush announced the opening up of offshore drilling. It was the executive order Obama signed upon his inaguratuion reimposing the ban on offshore drilling that restarted the upward climb of fuel prices.

  23. Dr, Dinglehoffer

    April 25, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Max is another one of those goobers stuck living in the past. News flash Maxie-poo, W is no longer the president and has no influence over the current crisis predicted, created and OWNED by Zerobama. Your Beige Messiah is intent on killing the oil industry and forcing everyone to either ride the bus (which lets the government control your movements) or line the pockets of the Big Green energy cabal, led by GE.

    Drill here, drill now, pay less!

    • Matilda Mason

      April 29, 2011 at 9:33 am

      Exactly! Why did the “Big O” create a job for Jeffie Imelt Jobs when as CEO of Ge jeffie has moved almost all GE production jobs to China? I use N0 Ge products, drive as little as possible, am going to have a garden and will give any extra veggies away to those who need them.We don’t hear about a cost of living increase because there is none! Timmy and Big O based the col on the housing market, which is down! Very smart move! but leaves us broke!

  24. dale smith

    April 25, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Hey Max, is it still Bush and his oil buddies fault,
    remember that tale?
    Where you wrong then too?

  25. notalemming

    April 25, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Join The Gas Pump Hope and Change Sticky Note Campaign

  26. monicafay

    April 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Hey!! liked the post. gas is horrible over here in LA.

    i hope you guys find my blog funny… its called It Isn’t Slutty If You’re Wearing Pearls

  27. Michael

    April 25, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Outstanding!! I’ve “borrowed” your graphic and linked you on my small (but tiny) blog.

  28. the botnet

    April 25, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    “I don’t know that P. Henry intended a contest, but it’s a great idea, and I’m jumping in with both feet.”

  29. Frank

    April 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Should start a billboard fund for something similar.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      April 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      I agree. How do we do that? I’ve got a couple of hundred bucks to blow.

      Get back to me Frank.

      • Frank

        April 26, 2011 at 2:27 am

        I don’t have the resources myself, but have a good idea how to go about it.

        Step 1: Have a site with enough mojo like this one to host a fundraiser.

        Step 2: Contact billboard ad agencies to determine the cost for the poster in the chosen market…

        Step 3: Setup a page for donations for such a thing.

        Step 4: Once donation goal is met do it.

        Easy 🙂

      • Kevin William Smith

        September 18, 2012 at 1:00 am

        You want a BIG BIG Billboard on an interstate , Hollister Missouri , I can get You the Phone number that is in huge numbers on it and says available

  30. the botnet

    April 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for the feedback, P. Henry.

    I’m excited to see what the Moron Nation Hive-Mind develops.

    I’ll be at the local office supply at dawn to purchase sticker blanks of sufficient size to print in native resolution.

    For Liberty.

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      April 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Ace of Spades Morons played a major role in the formation of the Richmond Tea Party and although we’ve moved on for the most part, we’re still very much in the game.

      I know that the moronosphere was highly pivotal in the entire Tea Party movement. We started with moron meetups and built an infrastructure.

  31. currently

    April 26, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I put the poster on a pump at the Sam’s Club in Ft Walton Beach, FL. After finishing shopping I drove past the pumps again and it had been removed. I guess someone didn’t like it.


  32. LC Aggie Sith

    April 26, 2011 at 7:00 am

    “Bajo mi plan el precio de la energía necesariamente se elevaría súbitamente.”

    That’s a bit high Spanish there, but the Spanish used here in Texas would be banned from this blog 😉

  33. Richard L Sharp

    April 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I done did it!

  34. the botnet

    April 26, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Hey PHS: I had another idea, most everyone has printable envelope labels…

    Here is the result… the pdf will print on a standard label sheet!

    Click to access fuelpricesstickers.pdf

    • the botnet

      April 26, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Sorry, I’m an idiot. Hotlinking doesn’t work, so copy/paste the above URL

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      April 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

      Please tell me you’re putting these on Post Its and then affixing to target. We don’t need unremovable labels on private property.

      • the botnet

        April 26, 2011 at 7:54 pm

        Indeed. I wouldn’t think of using permanent labels. The blue tape works quite well, as the width is the same as the envelope tag.

    • marfdrat

      April 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

      botnet – that’s fantastic. Which particular standard label sheet is it? Do you have an Avery (or other brand) number? I’m going to pass this along on

  35. P. Henry Saddleburr

    April 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    That’s FANTASTIC! We don’t need to give the leftists any ammunition to discredit the Gas Roots.

    Thanks for your efforts. I like it.

  36. JoeNJ

    April 26, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Can’t do this in New Jersey because we can’t legally pump our own gas here.

  37. Frank

    April 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Should add a “(Google It)” under the “January 2008”


    April 27, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Download/stole both. Outstanding. I like Botnet’s sticker idea.

    Nice place you have here.
    I’ll be back, or as others might say, “There goes the neighborhood.”

  39. A fine scotch

    April 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Instead of “Promise Kept”, you should title the picture/graph “Mission Accomplished!”

  40. Dave Funk

    April 27, 2011 at 10:57 am

    En Espanole
    “Oye estupidos. He dicho que su dinero es mi dinero. Los manos arriba y dame la plata.”

  41. Vandal

    April 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Now *that’s* a hockey-stick graph I could believe.

  42. bydesign001

    April 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Excellent post and message which I believe should go viral. I would like to assist in making it happen.

    I am passing this along through my blog with credit linking back to you. I hope that you do not object.

    I love countering the lies and the rhetoric while at the same time righting the wrongs.

  43. 1389AD

    April 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve already blogged this with a link back to you and I will also be submitting this article to 2.0: The Blogmocracy.

  44. Stop Shouting

    April 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

    It’s definitely going viral! And I am with you on the barricades to “disrupt the narrative”.

    10 Rules for Liberty Guerrillas

  45. BS Footprint

    May 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Linked at — narrative disruption mode engaged!

  46. Stop NationalDebt

    May 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Be among the first to join the new Facebook cause “Stop National Debt” :
    since if you don’t spread the word, who will?

    “POLL REVEALS: Americans Are Still In Deep Denial About The Deficit” If they realized how bad it is politicians would need to act. Non politics-junkies tune out numbers in the $trillions so we need to rephrase the issue:
    The federal government will need >$1 million per household to pay its IOUs!
    > $116 trillion =”official” debt plus money  short for future social security, medicare, etc
    Even its “official debt” of $14.2 trillion  is $123,754 per household!
    Details at with links to contact congress & complain.

    If they don’t realize how bad things are they won’t realize change is needed. The only way to reach folks that don’t pay attention to then news is virally.

  47. BS Footprint

    May 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Inspired by (and full credit to) botnet’s Winning the Future post (and stickers), here is my contribution to the Gas Pump Activism meme: Hope and Change at the Pump.

    Please leave a comment there if you find them useful, or merely amusing.

  48. soopermexican

    May 17, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Great idea! I added a link from my site, and came up with my own sticker design – check em out!


    September 26, 2011 at 2:05 am

    I’ve got decals that leave no residue at

  50. Citizen Tom

    September 7, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    I learned about Gas Pump Activism here: Then I decided to read Gas Pump Activism, and I reached the logical conclusion. RIGHT ON!!!!

  51. Pingback: Citizen Tom
  52. GC

    December 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Are you going to give Obama credit now that the gas prices have dropped significantly?

    • P. Henry Saddleburr

      January 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm

      Certainly not. The Saudis are responsible for the drop in gas prices, not Emperor Wannabe.


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