June 08, 2010

I Stopped Buying BP Gas

...due to recent events. Yet, this surely brings up a hypocrisy on my part. Because I  randomly chose the next closest gas station to my house (BP had been the closest).

And I did not investigate this no-name company's history of malfeasance. Because if I found something, then I'd have to drive even further away.

11 comments:

MicroGlyphics said...

Hey Mate,

I think I might have bought BP gas in a quasi-emergency situation more than 5 years ago. Myself, I limit my purchases to Citgo, as it is *supposedly* sourced from Venezuela instead of the Middle East. It is so sad to know that as consumers we have so much power to vote with our wallets, and yet oftentimes, we don't.

[This space reserved for advocating doing business with *small banks* . If you are still doing business with a large bank, you are part of the problem not part of the solution, and you are sending a signal to the market that everything is fine and dandy.]

Eric Olsen said...

Bry, explain your small bank logic (ideally in a way that would convince an altruistic libertarian).

D-train said...

I agree with MicroGlyph... we as Americans could vote mightily with our wallets, but that would mean we would have to put in some effort and I just don't see enough people turning off "Kate Plus 8" long enough to make a difference.

AceJournalist said...

What reccent events?

Eric Olsen said...

oh man, i totally hope you're serious, Ace. 'cause that + your blogger name would be the most awesome thing ever.

just in case...http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9G79PP80

AceJournalist said...

omg, blonde moment alert! :D I knew about the oil spill, I just forgot it was bp.

LizM said...

We boycott BP because of the oil spill and Citgo because of Venezuela's dictator and his professed hatred of the U.S.

Eric Olsen said...

man, wouldn't a solely American oil company do pretty good right now??

Jason Jamnik said...

The point should not be to boycott the latest company that makes us mad, but to boycott relying on their product. Stop buying any company's gas.

We can choose to use a large bank or a small bank, but either way, we are most likely going to bank somewhere.

We can also choose to buy from BP or Mobil or wherever, OR we can choose to stop driving so much, bike more, and of course, eat less meat! (I had to do it)

Anonymous said...

Think before you Boycott BP.
That Hurts Station Owners -- Not the Company

this article supports my view: http://www.dailyfinance.com/story/media/boycott-bp-that-hurts-station-owners-not-the-company/19499350/?icid=sphere_copyright

David Duprey said...

I agree that not buying BP Gas is rather useless in the grand scheme of things. I also have a greater objection to buying gas from Citgo, run by socialist dictator, the Nikita Kruschev in our hemisphere.

I don't have a BP station near me so I never buy BP anyway, not because I choose not too, but because its inconvenient.

BP did not "cause" this spill on purpose. That would really be bad business. It was an accident, and possibly eco-terrorism, hopefully we will find out if it was negligence on BP's part or Trans-Ocean or just a catastrophic freak failure of their new technology!

Its really disingenuous to blame BP without completing the investigation and getting the facts. In this country WE are innocent until proven guilty, not guilty until proven innocent. BP is culpable for the spill and will be financially responsible, but they may not be criminally responsible... yet.

That said, why are we not utilizing every resource to clean the oil this is being spilled while BP works to cap the well? I believe the Government here has failed, as they did during Katrina. This proves that it is not Bush's fault or Obama's fault, but the incompetence in BIG Government.

People everywhere are saying "why can't BP cap this well?" I would remind these people of Centralia, PA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania). This town no longer exists due to the famous coal fire that has been burning for 40 years? This fire is not a mile under water and couldn't be put out and we still mine coal for power in this country! If this tragedy has not stopped us from coal mining, then why has this one oil incident stopped us from drilling when drilling's been done for 40+ years?

I shall now step off my soapbox and place back into the closet, for now, anyway.