<\body> Stories in America: Blood for Oil, Literally

Monday, May 01, 2006

Blood for Oil, Literally

As Exxon's CEO pulls in $13,700 an hour, people in Rexburg, Idaho are donting blood to pay for gas:
Plasma Centers are reporting a record amount of donors in the past few weeks and say a lot of them are there to pay for gas.

Donors get paid between $20-$25 each time they donate and some say that isn't even enough to pay to fill up their tanks.
Drivers around the country are also pawning personal items to pay for gas:
In Passaic, N.J., the owner of Aries Jewelers & Pawnbrokers says people are pawning their possessions for gas money: "They come in on Monday and Tuesday, saying, 'I need the money to put gas in my tank so I can get to work and get my check by Friday.' "
Meantime, Chevron's first quarter profits rose 49 percent to $4 billion. The three largest oil companies, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips, brought in $191.5 billion in combined revenue in the first quarter. That's larger than the GDP of 189 countries.


At 5/01/2006 9:35 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Geez...you guys are starting to sound like Republicans.



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