BP Boycott: Facebook Page Launched By Public Citizen Watchdog
BP Boycott Launched: Public Citizen Says Don't Buy Gas From BP
Public Citizen, a public interest advocacy group has launched a BP Boycott campaign, complete with an online petition and Facebook page.
The Boycott BP Facebook page has about 100 thousand members and so far is growing at a steady click of 25,000 people per day.
“BP made a conscious decision not to install a $500,000 safety device that could have prevented the Gulf disaster,” said Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program. “A company that made $14 billion in profits in 2009 - a bad year - refused to spend a fraction of a percent of its profits to safeguard against what is fast becoming the worst oil spill of all time. The sheer greed at the expense of safety and the environment is mind-boggling.”
Though consumer anger at BP is understandable some question how effective a Boycott BP campaign would be since the 11,500 BP gas stations in the USA are independent franchises. One oil executive quoted by CNN, Patrick Eakins of Edison Oil says a boycott if futile.
Those stations pumped an average of more than 42-million gallons of gas per day last year. Eakins says BP can easily unload its gasoline, whether or not Americans avoid BP stations."You can boycott all you want. But BP can sell product wherever they need to," said Eakins. "They are one of the largest trading companies that trade oil on the open market. It's a global economy. Those gallons will shift elsewhere if the U.S. doesn't want them."
Beyond Petroleum, BP products are everywhere, from soda cans to motor oil under myriad of product names.