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July 31, 2008

The Pumper of Prayer

We're not all that religious. But maybe the recent slight drop in gas prices will help us to see the light. Yes, the breathlessly covered 14-cent-per-gallon drop in gas prices that has occurred over the past couple of weeks may have a more divine explanation than droll supply and demand—the will of Almighty God.

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A press conference at the pump.

What's that you say? God is "green"? He wants us to "protect his creation"? No, silly, God wants you to fill up the tank of your Yukon, strap in the kids and drive to, well, the Yukon, just for the hell of it. The proof, as they say, is in the praying. A group called Pray at the Pump has been calling upon the Lord to deliver unto us cheap gas, and, lo and behold, gas prices have gone down. Kind of.

The group's founder, Rocky Twyman (who, unsurprisingly, owns a PR firm), has credited his efforts with lowering prices by up to 30 cents per gallon in Toledo. Other places haven't fared quite so well: In LA, the drop is closer to 10 cents; in Texas, a mere seven. And what do LA and Texas have in common? No prayer at the pump!

So, if you want to send gas prices down even further in your hometown, try saying a quick Hail Mary the next time you fill up. The Iranians and Saudis, and the newly-gas-guzzling Chinese, might not hear it, but hey, with God on your side, anything is possible.

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