|In a period when post-hurricane gasoline prices hit record highs, so did oil company profits.
Consumers think they're gouged
The group’s Web site at api.org further details how many other corporations, including Citigroup, Microsoft and Coca-Cola Co. all posted larger earnings per dollar of sales in their latest reporting period.
Edelman’s Blue Worldwide, Washington, created the multimedia executions for the group. The media buy includes national and regional newspapers and national radio, Mr. Cavaney said. The 15-second national TV spots break next week and will discuss turning down home thermostats and not gunning a vehicle’s accelerator for better mileage. One of the trade group’s newspaper ads carries the headline “Taking a fresh look at America’s energy future” and discusses America’s vast oil and natural gas resources.
But it doesn’t seem likely the message will be well-received by consumers. A majority of Americans, 87%, said oil companies are gouging them on gasoline prices, according to a survey in mid-September by Opinion Research Corp. for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute.
And the oil companies’ call for conservation is more about them than consumers, because it’s the companies that have supply issues, said Andy Fletcher, president-CEO of ad agency Fletcher-Martin, Atlanta. “I don’t know if an oil company can be liked or what it can say or do to be liked,” he said.