Boycott BP? No way!

Tide's in at Keaton Beach, Nov. 2008; Cormorant drying wings; not possible when they are coated with oil. This is taken at the edge of the marsh, halfway down the eastern shore of the Big Bend.

Boycotting BP would only hurt the USA.

First, there is no way to know what oil you are putting in your car. Like maple syrup or milk in Vermont, oil goes into cooperatives and is then shipped to various outlets to be sold under the outlets’ brand names.

Second, you would be hurting the retailer who could well be your neighbor’s brother, your local grocer’s uncle or other town guy who is just trying to make an honest living for himself and his family.

Third, BP must be profitable to fund the escrow account the injured parties along the Gulf coast are counting on for financial help. I started to say “to make them whole.”  Nothing will make them whole. They are the victims of a tragedy; perhaps a little better off than the person whose house is disintegrated by a tornado. Mother Nature takes no blame; gives no relief.

This is a case of frustration at one’s inability to admonish or punish someone we feel has wronged us.



About Gail Hunter

Been there; done that - from spelunking below the grass to parasailing above the water, and most things in between. Entrepreneur: ran 5 businesses into the ground (lots of advice there); raised kids, dogs and eyebrows; ex-fields are renewable energy, boats, golf, design & build, group travel agent, travel log writer (web) and now sharing what 80 years of life taught me.
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2 Responses to Boycott BP? No way!

  1. Jodie J says:

    I agree that it is fruitless to boycott BP. What I would like to see is further investigation on why a permit was given and if all the safeguard procedures were properly conducted. My guess is that laws and procedures are in place that are being bypassed.

  2. Patty Davis says:

    We are still heading home and still buying gas at BP stations when given a choice.

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