Any time I get one of these things at work I try and reply with the facts as quickly as possible to stop the mass forwarding I know is going on!
I do the same and try real hard to not to be sarcastic in my reply (quit spamming me!!!). I used to work with a guy who had a form letter saved for replies to such emails.
The gas one has made it's rounds several times. But you can't always trust snopes either. They've been wrong on more than one occasion.
I may be mistaken, but I think we get most of our imported oil from Venezuela. There was a big stink about us supporting/not supporting one of their political figures and they were going to slow down exported oil to us. I remember reading something about that in the last 6 months or so.
As far as I'm concerned, domestic oil should be stockpiled and nothing else. We import while the funds exist to do so and store our own for a rainy day (and by rainy day I mean no ability to import from outside sources). Another way of saying it; Don't get high on your own supply.
- Frank Lopez in Scarface.
As far as India tech support...
We use Dell for our computing platform. Their tech support was all in India. Then businesses said "We can't understand a word they're saying." And thus customer service was at an appalling level. The businesses decided to start migrating to other platforms and informed Dell of their intentions. Dell decided to open callcenters in Canada and Idaho (and maybe one other state but I can't remember where) to take care of businesses. Although the masses of non-business Dell owners still have to call India for help.
Why call India? Because they can pay an Indian guy $3 an hour to read from a script on a screen instead of paying a native English speaker $15-20 an hour to do the same.