Posted by: Boston Bravery | June 14, 2010

BP Boycott Pointless

Yes I have joined the Facebook group Boycott BP.  Though I have often wondered if it really would do any good not to purchase gas and oil products branded as BP.  An article in this Sunday’s Boston Globe explained why this boycott will not achieve it’s goal.

Not using BP stations, “After all, the company owns only a handful of the 11,000 stations that bear its brand and is trying to sell the few still on its books. So those who wish to inflict the maximum amount of pain on the company are instead putting much of the hurt on the family businesses who actually own the stations.”

Filling up at independent gast stations, grocery chains and big -box wholesales clubs sometimes comes directly from refineries or wholesalers that BP owns outright.

Once companies make a discovery, it comes out of the ground and ends up at a refinery. There, it can get mixed with oil that a variety of companies have poured into the tanks. Then, the gasoline makes at least one stop at what is essentially a wholesale warehouse. BP owns some of these tank farms, but so do other companies.

The article points out Greenpeace has chosen not to call for a boycott.  Instead, its representatives pose a different challenge:  People who really want to punish BP outright to try getting Beyond Petroleum themselves.

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