People are doing all sorts of things these days to cope with the highest gas prices seen in this (or any) lifetimeâ€”driving less, trading in SUVs for more fuel efficient vehicles, investing with managed futures vehicles and commodity index funds, or the always-popular driving tour in search of that filling station thatâ€™s a nickel less than everywhere else. But whether itâ€™s plunking down $50 per fill-up or making do with $10 squirts every day or two, the pain is palpable.
Some are appealing to a higher power. In April, a public relations consultant from Rockville, Md. launched Pray at the Pump, a traveling group thatâ€™s held pray-ins at filling stations across the countryâ€”at a San Francisco Chevron in April, where he implored the Almighty to â€śdeliver us from these high gas prices.â€ť A month later he was at a Shell station in Washington, leading believers in a rendition of â€śWe Shall Overcomeâ€ť featuring modified, gasoline-centric lyrics.
For those who want to do their part at home, Mr. Twyman launched a â€śPray Down the High Gas Prices Movementâ€ť online petition, in which â€śprayer warriorsâ€ť agree to pray no less than three times per day to bring on relief at the pump.
Twyman claims that gas prices in Florida eased after he spoke on the radio, and no doubt heâ€™s giving thanks for the recent pullback in crude oil markets, after prices traded as high as $135 per barrel in May. But since March, gas prices are still up something like 75 cents, according to AAA, and oil remains volatile. Nevertheless, one hopes that his followers keep the faith, and donâ€™t redirect their prayers to other sources.