Carolina woman starts Facebook No Gas Day campaign

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - A North Carolina woman fed up with gas prices is taking the fight online.

Sarah Thompson has created the No Gas Day Facebook page where she is calling on drivers to avoid all gas stations on March 31. So far Thompson's page has more than 100,000 people planning to participate in the event.

She is one of many people that have created campaigns on Facebook in order to shed light on rising gas prices. Thompson says the effort is not about sending gas prices downward for one day but to send a message.

"This is about taking a stand together against greedy people whose commodity happens to affect all other commodity prices," Thompson says.

The page describes the event as a way to reach as many people as possible to have a day designated to boycott all gas stations.

This comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Energy announcing on Tuesday that pump prices this spring and summer will average $3.70 with a barrel of oil averaging $102.

Conflict in the Middle East and fighting in Libya prompted government analysts to raise expectations for gasoline prices by 50 cents a gallon in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday. The Energy Department boosted its per-barrel oil estimate by $9 for the peak driving season.

The report says there is "significant uncertainty surrounding the forecast" and pump prices could spike above $4 this summer, which would threaten the all-time highs reached at the beginning of the recession three years ago.

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