While I don't usually stop at BP anyway for gas, I was of the mindset to intentionally boycott BP as a result of the disaster. In speaking with someone close to me, they urged me to reconsider because of how the boycott would affect the people in our communities who work at the gas stations who have no involvement in the disaster. That got me thinking about how to respond to the oil spill in the gulf. Here as some thoughts...
- First, I don't have a problem with a boycott, but I am now more sensitive to the gas attendant working at BP trying to make a living who will be affected by such a boycott. It will likely hurt him/her more than the corporate giant.
- I think the real problem lies with our general reliance on oil. If you want to hurt BP and other corporations of the ilk- stop driving SUV's, making unnecessary trips...get a more fuel economic car. Try to use more energy effecient technologies- even if they are more expensive right now. I do believe that the consumer can urge corporations to expedite new technologies that do not depend on fossil fuels. But we must let our voice be heard.
- The problem also lies with our government. Ok, so you could say that about just about anything. Why does our government continue to allow drilling in the ocean, nature preserves, etc? Should we be exploring other options? The problem is that oil companies will pay big dollars to politicians in order to protect their interest. Likewise, politicians will take the money to help their interest (re-election). We need campaign finance reform and limit or eliminate donations from corporations because many of those donations are tied to favors down the road.
Your Turn- Are you boycotting BP? Why or Why not? What are some other ways to impact BP and other corporations about earth care?