Weissman

Boycott BP.

Why?

Because BP must pay.

Eleven oil workers are dead. One of the largest oil spills in U.S. history continues to worsen. BP’s oil gusher at the floor of the Gulf of Mexico may be 100 times worse than BP first estimated (and 20 times worse than the company presently claims). 100 times!

BP’s oil gusher is now threatening coastal lands in Louisiana and is almost certain to destroy fisheries and the livelihoods of people who fish and shrimp in the Gulf, or rely on the Gulf for tourism business.

The giant plumes of oil deep underwater will exact an unknown toll on sea life. And the spreading oil may even wind up in currents that eventually take it to the U.S. Eastern shores.

BP CEO Tony Hayward is sanguine about the whole problem. The Financial Times quotes him saying, “I think the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.”

A boycott will send a message to BP that its shoddy oversight of this project and its history of environmental and worker safety violations is unforgivable. Take the BP Boycott Pledge, and commit not to buy gas from BP for at least three months. Go here:  www.beyondbp.org

BP cares desperately about its public image. This is the company that has sought to rebrand itself as “Beyond Petroleum.” BusinessWeek estimates the BP brand as worth $3.9 billion — the highest among oil companies. “Not even an Alaskan oil spill or an explosion at a Texas

refinery has put a dent in BP’s strong [brand] performance,” said BusinessWeek in 2006. This time must be different. A boycott will express the organized consumer anger that BP so fears.

This is a company that should fear the public’s wrath, for the Deepwater Horizon blowout was a preventable disaster. While much remains unknown, there is mounting evidence that BP could have averted the catastrophe. BP made a conscious decision not to install a $500,000 safety device that could have prevented the blowout. There is good reason to believe BP’s contractors on the Deepwater Horizon made multiple mistakes leading up to the disaster, but it is ultimately BP’s job to make sure its contractors are exercising sufficient care. And Mike Williams, the chief electronics technician on the Deepwater Horizon, told 60 Minutes that BP pressured its contractors to skirt other safety measures that might have prevented the disaster.

All this from a company that made $14 billion in profits in 2009 — a bad year. First quarter profits in 2010 were over $6 billion.

After the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, Tony Hayward reportedly asked why bad things keep happening to BP.

But this is not a case of bad things happening to good people. BP has one of the worst environmental and safety records of any oil company operating in the United States. BP has pled guilty in just the last few years to two crimes and paid more than $730 million in fines, penalties and settlements for environmental crimes, willful disregard for workplace safety and energy market manipulation.

BP sometimes says it will pay for the harms caused by the spill, but at other times hedges what it may be willing to do. There will be litigation and fines, and BP won’t have the final say on what it wants to pay. In any case, cash compensation for economic harms caused — while necessary — doesn’t bring back destroyed ecosystems and does little to mitigate the company’s culpability for not preventing the blowout in the first place.

The only good that can come out of the BP disaster is if it forces the United States to fundamentally reorient energy policy. As a matter of simple common sense, the Obama administration should reverse its new policy and stop offshore drilling expansion. More fundamentally, BP’s oil gusher is yet another reminder of the need for a massive shift away from fossil fuels and to investments in efficiency and renewable energy.

The disaster also emphasizes how crucial it is to hold Big Oil accountable. The BP boycott is a way to start.

There are no “good” oil companies, but BP is a particularly bad and irresponsible actor. Consumers should make it pay. Take the BP Boycott Pledge: www.beyondbp.org.

Robert Weissman is president of Public Citizen.

Comments

  • david braun

    screw bp and the politicians than support offshore drilling

  • Sparky

    I agree that as a society we desperately need to end our dependence on fossil fuels and find alternative energy sources for the future. Perhaps this catastrophe will finally bring this imminent need to the forefront of our public consciousness.
    In the meantime, refusing to support BP in any way is the best I can do, albeit on a small scale. Hopefully enough folks will hit BP in their enormous pocketbook enough to gain their attention. The stores in my area who sell BP products are:

    Arco
    AM/PM
    Safeway
    and those selling Amoco and Castrol products.

    If there were any justice in the world, BP and the dirty politicians they control would all suffer greatly, instead of laughing at us!

  • Bart Carlson

    Yeah, lets kick a company when it’s down. Boycott them so they lose more money and can’t pay for it’s problems. Yeah it sound good to boycott them, but that does no good. The only ones who really suffer are the small business owner’s that franchised the BP gas stations, smart move hurt more small businesses. This oil spill is awful and I am mad about it but a boycot is STUPID. Everyone hates the big bad oil companies but we use and need their products and not just gas and oil. Lets face the facts, until we find a replacement for fossil fuels and their uses we must continue to drill for it or buy it from our nations enemies, a list that is very long. Most oil producing countries are either openly or quietly anti-America, mostly because they are jealous of our freedoms, of which the Obama gang of weasles are trying to take away and make us hard workers nothing but slaves to the lazy. We work hard so they can take my money to give to the less fortunate (also known as lazy people who won’t support themselves).
    Sorry, I got off topic but again BOYCOTTING BP IS STUPID.
    Instead use your strength and energy in some way to help situation, not make it worse.

  • Frank Perlingieri

    Count on me to boycott BP and its affiliates!

  • jay allen

    It wasn’t BP fault all you bozo’s out there. It was American workers fault for not recognizing the sign’s, ie; pressure differences, Hydrolic leak, and trying to gamble with their lives. I work offshore in production in the GOM and everyone has Stop Work Authority when things dont look right or are dangerous. Even BP’s company man onboard was an American. I feel so sorry for the ignorant public out there. You should all go hide your head’s in the sand and let the professional’s fix this accident. Signed, Blue Blood offshore AMERICAN

  • Sparky

    Riiight, Bart would have us feel sorry for a company whose first quarter profit was $93 million A DAY, and Jay would like to shift the blame away from corporate greed.
    Argue all you like, but I can spend my money how I choose, and I’ve decided not to give any to BP or their affiliates. If a small business in my neighborhood suffers as a result of an association with BP that’s just too bad for them.
    My semantics argument is against calling it a “spill” or an “accident” as it is neither.

  • koyote_ken

    @Bart Carlson
    Tell us how you really feel!! Why can’t you teabaggers just come out and say it? You hate having a NIGGER Preznit??

    In case you hadn’t noticed (and being the stupid retard you are, you didn’t) the previous administration spent 8 years dismantling every oil company/drilling op regulation in existance. NOW the Mineral enforcement division of the Interior Dept is impotent. That’s not Obamas fault. Perhaps you forgot about drug/booze/prostitute parties the Oil co’s were throwing for the “officials” in Bush’s Interior dept who were responsible for REGULATING that industry.

    The level of stupidity of teabaggers/Repugs/CONservatives ALWAYS amazes me……..

    (keep voting Republican……it’ll get better!!!) ….moron

  • eng8312

    Boycotts never work. Have at it loonytoons. While your at it why don’t you boycott dihydrogen monoxide it is the real “greenhouse gas”

  • Annie

    I’m in. Even if it’s mostly symbolic – we have to do something. Next would be, one day a week take public transpo.

    It would be really significant to be a strong enough movement to stop offshore drilling, or at least at depths that a manned vehicle can’t get to.

  • Sparky

    Hey eng8312 – so you can spell “dihydrogen monoxide” but you can’t swing “you’re”…what’s up with that?

  • Bart Carlson

    hey KENNY boy how come every time you scum of the earth get cornered you pull the race card, I don’t care about the black part of our president only his non-american socialist and imperialistic fews and actions. Keep supporting him and his crew and say goodbye to America as our fore fathers meant it to be. I don’t believe the previous admin had enough control to ram their agenda down our throats, but don’t worry your welfare check, food stamps, undeserved unemployment check, and free healthcare is in the mail. I have to go and put in my 10-12 hours of work so I can continue to support your ASS.

  • I`ll oay 50% of my gas if they wants my support :P

  • eng8312

    LOL! Good catch sparky.

  • Sparky

    Thank you eng8312. I thought you would flame me in retaliation, but instead you’ve renewed my faith in humanity, and rekindled my hopes for finding intelligence on the web.
    Now I’m forced to concede your point that boycotts don’t actually work! Oh well…can I still buy my gas elsewhere to feel a little bit better anyway?

  • Kyle

    The only thing I have against boycotting them is the fact that most of the BP stations are operated by a private individual that has nothing to do with the Mess in the Gulf. So wouldn’t boycotting BP stations just put a local operation out of buisness. Thats not really the goal now is it.

  • lowkick

    Ever hear of the sci fi story about public shameing?They put the culprit on a chair in a huge stadium and everyone proceeds to focus their hatred toward that person.The shamed freak out and sometimes even die for shame.Something along those lines..no death..could be done.It is not enough to fix the problem.the black poisonous plume deep underwater is emblemantic of our numb society as a whole.The plume is a plume,it has no evil or good intentions.

  • Mark Stevens

    CNN has stated today (05/27) that in violation of Federal laws, BP is doing business with a declared terrorist state, Iran!!

    BP money is being used to supply those killing American soldiers. BP gets over 8 BILLION dollars a year in Pentagon contracts

    That alone should warrant a major BOYCOTT.

  • 5th Grader

    Boycotts never work?

    Did you miss the history lesson on the U.S. civil rights movement from the 1950s and 1960s?

    Boycotts of city services and businesses in the South literally ground entire city infrastructures to a halt?

    I guess you teabaggers that say boycotts never work mean you refuse to acknowledge (or are really to stupid to know about) Martin Luther King Jr. and the massively successful boycotts he organized.

  • dmn

    Everything has consequences and boycotting BP (and BP retailers) should be one of them. What is happening in the gulf is wrong and America, unfortunately, will pay the consequences as much or more than BP. Also, America will pay further when BP eventually raises their prices at the pump. So America either roll over and bare your underbelly, again, or do something…..like boycotting!

  • Richard Read

    BP STANDS FOR
    BOYCOTT POLLUTERS
    THE NEW NAME SAYS IT ALl

  • norman

    send emails to BPs home lands the UK goverment saying that not only are you going to boycott BP but all things UK
    Attorney General’s Office in the UK email address is correspondenceunit@attorneygeneral.gsi.gov.uk if UK thinks that all things UK are going to be boycotted it’ll add it’s support to getting the problem fixed now and not tomorrow the link for the UK goverment site is http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Dl1/Directories/DG_175087

  • emily

    Boycotting bp will affect small business owners, but why did they choose to go into business using bp’s oil? know where your products are really coming from, from food to oil. hold everyone accountable.

  • Sell the BP Pig, do not fall for the bull crap PB is trying to sell us, Sell your BP holdings
    they have ruined the gulf and maybe your beach in time to come. by the way send CNBC an email to put the live feed on there show, they are such cheerleaders on that showWhat’s on your mind?

  • Sparky

    Arguments aside, we are boycotting everything associated with BP, including:
    Arco, AM/PM, Amoco, Castrol, Safeway, and Wild Bean Cafe.

  • Steve

    I’m not buying any of the BP products untill they have solved the problem and have cleaned up this mess!

  • Krystle

    Anger doesn’t even scape the surface in describing how I feel.

    Congratulations, BP – you’ve joined Exxon and Abercrombie on my short list of companies that will never recieve my business, my money or my sympathy.

    YOUR BEST ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH.
    TRY HARDER.

  • James

    add Shell to the list as they are working with BP in the oil sands in Alberta. it is said that it will be the biggest environmental disaster after they are done up there. they are creating tar sand that cant be reveresed

  • I THINK THIS IS THE WORST DISASTER EVER IN THE UNITED STATES/ THAT OF WHICH WE WILL FEEL FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THE SPILL AT PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND PALES IN COMPARISON. YOU CANT LIVE WELL OFF THE LAND IF YOU DESTROY THE SEA. I WILL NEVER EVER SPEND ONE RED CENT AT BP AGAIN. BP STANDS FOR BAD POLLUTION

  • Austin

    How will boycotting the company responsible for cleaning up the spill do any good? Yea, big oil companies are bad but what we need to focus on right now is cleaning up the oil spill. As most of us learned as children, crying like a baby will not solve our problems. Instead of pointing fingers at BP and trying to punish them, we should first focus on GETTING THE SPILL CLEANED UP! then fingers can be pointed.

    Use some common sense people. Besides, your not taking money away from the company, your taking it away from small time gas station owners. Yes, were all mad about the spill, but just because your mad doesn’t give you an excuse not to use your brain. Common sense people, common sense.

  • Dick Cheeze

    …….for all you blithering IDIOTS that think it’s not BP’s fault………..SHAME ON YOU for being so naive……….they are ultimately responsible for EVERYTHING that happens…..seems to me that those opposed to boycotting must be “brown-nosing” or “blowing” the CEO………now wipe that jizz off your face………..FOOLS!!!!

  • Dick Cheeze

    …….just remember people……..Jo Ann Woodward phrased it best………”lf we All do a little……..we All do a LOT”……….tell your local BP independent owners to find a new supplier……………….BOYCOTT!!!!!!!

  • roger

    What a bunch of stupid Democrats!
    Yah! Lets punish BP! They can sell their oil ANYWHERE in the world, and will certainly continue to do so. So, who are you REALLY punishing? The poor asshole (a Democrat) that works at the BP station. These boycott yo-yo’s are the same idiots that voted for “change” How do you like your change now, you bunch of low life losers? Get back on your bicycle, keep taking your ecstacy, and leave big business to the real world. Oh yah, and GET A JOB!

  • Kurtis

    How I feel? Distressed that you ( BP ) are kicking back taking your time to clean up your MESS! If this happen in your country im sure you would be all over it!
    You are a joke as a business, and to keep (our) world safe & Clean!
    We should dump all this oil garbage in your yard!
    How it affects me? To know that our country (USA) has all this mess polluting our gulf for our way of life, and food from the gulf, and MOST important KILLING WILDLIFE! and Spreading into (OUR) Oceans.
    You our a disgrace as humans, and our future for the world!
    I pledge to boycott you!
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  • MadAsHell

    Screw BP. Margins on gas (from what I understand) are minimal for the station owners. Folks buy lottery, beer, cigs, soda and the store owners / employees will get by.

    As far as a boycott ‘hurting’ BP so much that it ‘won’t have the money to fix this mess’…I don’t think so. BP appears to have plenty of money for the shareholders (dividends) and for image maintenance. Maybe BP needs to consider SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

    And one last note for roger…’big business’ (and the related mindset) is what created the mess. My guess is that BP probably never had any contingency plans for what to do in this type of situation and gambled. The sad thing, roger, is that if you get your way (we all kiss the arse of ‘big biz’)…WE LOSE…and BP gets a pass. Screw that too.

  • Roger

    Yah, madashell, I can tell you are a REAL intelligent dude! Maybe you should lay off the beer, chips, and soda. The only business that you know about is monkey business!

    This is the GREATEST thing that could EVER happen to the Gulf Coast region. That’s right! After BP with it’s “big business” profits pays to correct what OBUMBLER rushed them into, the money that floods into the area will be at an all time high. But Oh (start the violins) what about the WILDLIFE!!! Boo-HOO
    Well, the last time I was in second grade, I learned about the birds and the bees, and that they survived for millions of years. They will survive this too!
    Only now they will have a BILLION dollar bird sanctuary paid for by the people that some BEER CHIP AND SODA third grader like you is trying to drive into bankruptcy!
    Stay off the soda will ya?

  • Roger

    And kurtis, yous beta lern to spel!
    Now if this happen in YOUS country
    you would have banana leaves instead of oil
    And while you are lernin how to spel, also
    check into your geography. The GULF of Mexico
    is NOT AN OCEAN. You illiterate boob!
    Be honest now, did you REALLY mean to say
    this:

    You our a disgrace as humans

    Sounds to me like you had a boycott
    on THIRD GRADE! Get back to the bus stop!

  • We can all agree that BP errored, and of course the Human factor should be to blame before the simple technology. If management chooses to Hire incompetent people, then that is what gets criticized in the Public. Of course accidents happen, look at cherynobil. The response is what is driving the fury, and anyone who can defend BPs response is under some sort of PR fee for them.

    Social Media is great, and sharing in this forum allows the truth to be told along with all the trash comments and jokes.

    Maybe we should all agree that, no one really knows what happened yet, and whatever the Media or Government feeds us is pure BS with a touch of truth.

    Boycotting BP, will teach the other morons that hiring incompetent people regardless of origin, is going to cost them. Money is the tool of punishment these days, so lets beat them by not giving it to them, and letting them exhaust the insurance companies funds which by the way id covered by our US TAX dollars…why do you think TOny Howard isnt too worried about the money he is so willing to pay out for “verified” claims…

    Read between the lines, because you dont have any impact on the bottom line unless we collectively boycott.

    Did You .com

  • MadAsHell

    Screw BP.

    BP Social Responsibility = FAIL.
    BP Rig = FAIL.
    BP ‘funnel’ #1 = FAIL.
    BP ‘diamond cut’ = FAIL.
    BP ‘cap’ = FAIL.

    Oil still gushes. Do the math Roger (chump).

    Roger (chump) reasoning = FAIL.
    Roger (chump) spelling (‘Yah’) = FAIL.

    Roger’s hero is on TV, as I type, asserting that ‘taxpayers’ will not be on the hook for the cleanup. Time will expose your hero, chump.

    Screw BP.

  • joan

    Number one- boycotting BP will hurt the company- not the individual owners- they have a choice as to where they buy their gas. 2. Every BP in my state has been boycotted and these stations have all been completely deserted. This does effect them- 3. BP has been reportedly paying lobbist billion of $$ to try to get people to riot at these protests- don’t fall for it- it’s their way of discrediting you. 4. BP makes billions a day from oil all over the world- these spills happen all the time- they just don’t tell you about it. 5. BP is in cozy with the Saudis- that’s why our government won’t make a fuss- OIL=POWER- POWER = $$

    BP doesn’t give a damm about anyone or anything-except themselves and their $$

    It’s all about the $$ !!

  • Roger

    MADasShell-
    Your ignorant stupidity is only exceeded by your lack of education. Instead of just being STUPID, as I have shown you to be, and go back to the bus stop, you once AGAIN show what a mindless boob you are.
    BP Social responsibility??
    Who the hell gets you the energy for your car?
    Lets you move 2000 pounds of weight and your
    fat girlfriend down the highway, playing pimp music, all for around $2.50 for TWENTY MILES? You think that is
    BAD SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY? You ignorant dick?

    BP RIG FAIL?????
    You mental midget BP DIDNT OWN THE RIG!
    Get your facts straight kinta kunta!
    CHIMP!

  • Roger

    Joan- you are a silly little girl. Get back to playing with your dolls! Lets examine what you say, to prove the lies and misinformation that stupid people like you spread——

    Number one- boycotting BP will hurt the company- not the individual owners- they have a choice as to where they buy their gas.

    Are you BRAIN DAMAGED? If you have OIL to sell, you sell it on the WORLD MARKET. If someone (lets say the US, doesnt want to buy it, SOMEONE ELSE WILL)
    This does NOTHING to hurt BP. They simply will sell ALL THE OIL (and more if they had it) to SOMEONE ELSE.

    2. Every BP in my state has been boycotted and these stations have all been completely deserted. This does effect them-

    Yes, and we DO BELIEVE you that you have checked ALL THE BP stations in YOUR STATE to see that they are “deserted” What a silly girl!

    3. BP has been reportedly paying lobbist billion of $$ to try to get people to riot at these protests- don’t fall for it- it’s their way of discrediting you.

    Reportedly??? Reported by WHO???
    And as for your LOBBYIST? Did you vote for change?
    You DID vote for change didn’t you? THEN BLAME THOSE LOBBYISTS ON OBAMA!! Because he shortCHANGED you!

    4. BP makes billions a day from oil all over the world- these spills happen all the time- they just don’t tell you about it. 5. BP is in cozy with the Saudis- that’s why our government won’t make a fuss- OIL=POWER- POWER = $$

    Yah, they spill LOTS of oil and thats because goofy people like you FORCE them to seek oil to run our economy in MILE DEEP WATER, when we have plenty of oil right here RIGHT NOW in the USA! But goofy people like you spend your time and dollars in court fighting them. Your kind fought them on NUCLEAR. Fought them on COAL, And now believe it or not., ARE ACTUALLY FIGHTING TO STOP SOLAR AND WIND INSTALLATIONS!

    Why not spend your time helping someone that can’t afford to get to work instead of being STUPID???

    BP doesn’t give a damm about anyone or anything-except themselves and their $$

    Dont forget the MILLIONS of stockholders who own BP STOCK. Dont forget SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS, FIRE DEPARTMENTS, CITIES, and STATES, that ALL own a small part of BP. You think you are screwing them ALL, but instead you screw only those LEAST RESPONSIBLE for the act.

    It’s all about the $$ !!
    WELL YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!!
    GOD BLESS CAPITALISM!!!
    It keeps stupid ass ignorant girls like you in
    food and clothing!
    Dont like the system? HATE THE GREEDY CORPORATIONS??????
    THEN MOVE THE HELL TO CUBA!!!!
    See how you like it there!

  • Roger

    Speculation and wild allegations have begun to swirl around the blowout of BP’s Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well as efforts continue to control the spill and get the well killed. One rumor tossed around by talking heads is that the US oil and gas industry got the MMS to not require a safety system used in the North Sea, calling it an “acoustic switch” that would have prevented the blowout on the Transocean Horizon. LIke most complex issues, it’s just not that easy.

    First, there’s no such thing as an “acoustic switch”. What people are talking about is a communication and control system that doesn’t require an umbilical from the sea floor to the rig for control of subsea components, especially the blowout preventer

    While very sophisticated, the system basically performs the safety function of a “deadman” system, where the BOP will slam shut if it loses communication with the rig through the umbilical in the event of a catastrophic event such as this one. In this particular incident, something clearly jammed the shear rams in the BOP; so, even if the Horizon had had an acoustic system installed, it very likely would not have resulted in a different outcome

  • soakee

    So some people are against a boycott for a variety of reasons:
    1. It hurts the small business owners (So what? That’s part of the risk they take when they go into business.)
    2. Then BP won’t have enough money to pay for the cleanup (So the logic is that we’re all supposed to HELP them pay for the cleanup??? – No thanks.)
    3. It won’t have much effect (So we’re just supposed to do nothing??? Sorry, that’s not an option and not the American way; if it were, we’d all be speaking German now.)
    4. What about all the other products which are made from BP’s oil? (This is another argument for doing nothing, which again is not an option.)
    5. Then BP will go out of business and many will be out of jobs (Some other company will take up the slack and the jobs.)

    Anyone against a boycott needs to have a better suggestion, and doing nothing is not an option.

  • John

    I am currently a contractor at BP and have worked for them for 11 years, since before they bought out ARCO. I have no love for the company and if it weren’t for the current state of the economy, would have moved on a long time ago. Their overly aggressive pursuit of cost cutting has lead to many of the problems they have today. I have seen the majority of my friends and coworkers laid off, with many more that have end dates approaching. In my opinion, BP is one of the most mismanaged companies I have ever worked for (and that’s with 15 years in the banking industry as well).

    That being said, boycotting BP is not the way to go. BP is NOT in the retail gas business. They have sold off almost all of their stores to franchisees who are contractually obligated to have the BP/ARCO brand and sell the gas. These stores are struggling on razor thin margins. The only thing accomplished by boycotting a BP or ARCO store is possibly putting them out of business, along with eliminating the jobs of 10 to 15 employees. You are hurting local businessmen in your own communities.

    What needs to be done is for the government to fine BP heavily. Not in the millions, BP won’t bat an eye and it would be worth it for them to put this past them. But fine BP in the BILLIONS. BP makes several billions a QUARTER. Fine them half a years profit, and make them spend the rest of the years profit on clean up and getting up to safety codes.

    I understand the anger and need for BP to pay the price, but I have worked with the store owners and they are good people, trying to make a living, and have nothing to do with the oil spill.

  • Tony

    Lost for words! Ethically, this is the worst way an organization can respond to this type of devastation to our environment. It is sad that companies as large and profitable is not accepting their responsibilities to this problem and leaving it to an already struggling US citizens to pay for greed and dishonesty!

  • Roger

    Boycotting BP stations hurts their non-BP owners more than it hurts BP.

    I think it would be better to pressure senators and congressmen to hold all companies fully responsible for the consequences of their ‘accidents’.

    Write to ambassadors while you’re at it.

    It is long past the time to cripple the multinationals who are running the world for no purpose other than their directors’ bank accounts, and take back our lives and freedoms for ourselves.

  • Roger

    It is sad that companies as large and profitable is not accepting their responsibilities

    Sad??? It’s sad that YOU are a product of a poor education! Try “are” as in ARE NOT ACCEPTING….. Now, ask yourself, if you can’t master the English language that you learned in third grade, why would ANYONE want to listen to why you hate large companies! The same LARGE companies that have BILLIONS to invest in finding OIL so tht you can take the bus downtown to pick up your WELFARE CHECK!!!! Who do you think has the money to put up for deep sea oil drilling??? Joe’s chicken shack, with his small business 18 employees! And OH MY GOD! Lets not for get that they made PROFIT! We lonely losers HATE PROFIT! We prefer No profit. That’s why we like to WORK FOR FREE RIGHT???? What a BOZO!!

  • MadAsHell

    Oh Rogggeeerrr?????

    How many days is it now? Indeed, your heroes are still failing.

    Your pubescent name calling and race references show your true brilliance. And your admirable use of punctuation!!!??? And CAPS!!!??? Brilliant!

    Chump.

    BP – FAIL
    Roger – Failure

    Screw BP.

  • Joe

    Name calling resolves nothing. Boycotting might seem like it’s helping but I don’t think it’s the right instrument to use against BP. I think we need to get our Congressional representatives to lift the limit on damages and make BP pay for all the damage this disaster has created through their negligence and to restore the fisheries they have wiped out, if they can be restored.

  • Roger

    Madas-Toby-

    How many days? Who’s counting days?
    Is their oil in my bathwater, much as their is oil on your head?
    Here’s since you have an IQ of about 40, let me spell it out for you.
    1) You boycott BP
    2) They go bankrupt
    3) The rich bondholders, stockholders, and
    corporate execs get their money
    4) Their is no money left to pay claims.
    5) Dumb ass Madashell, along with the American taxpayer foots the bill for the clean up.
    6) Barack NOBOMBA fails to get reelected.
    7) Madashell is back to being a second class citizen with oily hair!

  • brandy

    Boycott? Absolutely! Why? Let me pull out my notebook of lies and promises BP has made to my state, my family, THE WORLD. They are total P.O.S. and arrogant S.O.B.S. who believe they still have the US Government in their back pocket-and apparently they still do.

    From Hayward stating he wished he had his life back to Prescott stating there is other places to get shrimp than from Louisiana. The families fo the 11 men who perished wished they had them back. Sure, there are other places to get shrimp from. But BP refuses to acknowledge that fishing is the way of life for Southeast Louisiana; it has been for generations upon generations. So with that–there are other places to buy gas….

    We have begged, pleaded, and cried for help to save our dear marshlands and BP REFUSED to do anything but lay boom designed for freshwater lakes (without waves, without tides). The boom is ineffective at best and at its worst serves as scattered trash along the beaches.

    God Bless Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President, and Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Govenor, for non stopping their pursuit of to do what has to be done. Little did we know there is no direction, no chain of command from either BP or the federal government. Without Billy and Bobby, well, I would hate to know what we would be dealing with.

    Katrina was a bitch and BP nothing short of a modern day devil.

  • Roger

    Hmmm. Shrimp from Louisiana! When I go to the store, I see bags of shrimp with the shape of the US printed on them. They are ALWAYS at least 50% more expensive, uncooked, and undersized for their price.
    These shrimpers were in the process of going out of business anyway. They just need a whipping boy to lay their failures on, and that happens to be BP! It wasn’t BP that was even operating the RIG! They subcontracted the work to a GOOD OLD AMERICAN COMPANY.

    Next I see a lot of dopey girls are really concerned about the POOR eleven guys that died on the rig.
    Are they concerned about the TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNBORN CHILDREN that get flushed down the toilet through abortion? Hell No! It’s THEIR right to KILL, but BP must be PUNISHED for an accident!

    Finally, those who say DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION, are brain dead Democrats reciting their tired old OBAMA SLOGAN. Doing nothing is EXACTLY what you should be doing. WHY?
    Because you dont know the facts.
    Because you are punishing the WRONG people
    Because you voted for a president that IS THE MAN IN CHARGE THAT AUTHORIZED THE DRILLING.
    Because that man went golfing while the oil was spilling into the Gulf.
    Because your wrinkled 5 dollar bill in gas purchase will NOW come from the ARABS that hate America, instead of the Brits that are our best friends.
    Because YOU voted for CHANGE. Now you have to sit and BE QUIET until we can flush these Democrats from power, and get back a REAL government that knows what leadership (not public opinion polls) is all about.

  • Roger

    Why doesn’t the president take the $400 million he gave this week to the Palestinians and give it to those impacted by this disaster? Oh, right, that would make sense. I guess the Palestinians need new boats to run the Israeli blockade. I’m sure the fishermen in the Gulf region sitting idle on their boats can understand that this is a better use of this money (I mean their money).
    Just ask the head ass kicker.

  • Roger

    ATTENTIONATTENTION

    Now to all of you DemoRats, READ THIS SLOW.
    I know that you are brain damaged. So GO SLOW.
    Let it sink in. STOP BLAMING BP, and see who the REAL CULPRIT IT (culprit means the bad guy, to all the Democrats)

    Oil spill: Why did Obama refuse to go Dutch?
    5:57 pm June 9, 2010, by Kyle Wingfield

    I’m not talking about splitting the tab with BP. I mean officially declining help offered by the government of the Netherlands. The Houston Chronicle’s Loren Steffy has the story:

    Three days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, the Dutch government offered to help.

    It was willing to provide ships outfitted with oil-skimming booms, and it proposed a plan for building sand barriers to protect sensitive marshlands.

    The response from the Obama administration and BP, which are coordinating the cleanup: “The embassy got a nice letter from the administration that said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks,’” said Geert Visser, consul general for the Netherlands in Houston.

    Now, almost seven weeks later, as the oil spewing from the battered well spreads across the Gulf and soils pristine beaches and coastline, BP and our government have reconsidered.

    U.S. ships are being outfitted this week with four pairs of the skimming booms airlifted from the Netherlands and should be deployed within days. Each pair can process 5 million gallons of water a day, removing 20,000 tons of oil and sludge.

    At that rate, how much more oil could have been removed from the Gulf during the past month?

    Presumably, Steffy asked that last question rhetorically. But the answer — 20,000 tons a day times 30 days — is 600,000 tons, or about 4.4 million barrels of oil according to this conversion calculator. Given the new, upwardly revised estimate of 100,000 barrels leaking each day, roughly 5 million barrels may have entered the Gulf since the leak began April 20.

    That’s back-of-the-envelope math, to be sure, but it’s clear that the Dutch were offering some major help. So why did we refuse it? Steffy describes one reason:

    Federal law has also hampered the assistance. The Jones Act, the maritime law that requires all goods be carried in U.S. waters by U.S.-flagged ships, has prevented Dutch ships with spill-fighting equipment from entering U.S. coastal areas.

    “What’s wrong with accepting outside help?” Visser asked. “If there’s a country that’s experienced with building dikes and managing water, it’s the Netherlands.”

    Even if, three days after the rig exploded, it seemed as if the Dutch equipment and expertise wasn’t needed, wouldn’t it have been better to accept it, to err on the side of having too many resources available rather than not enough?

    Of all the things the Bush administration got wrong on Katrina, waiving the Jones Act was one thing it got right.

    Then there’s the story of this Maine businessman, reported by Pajamas Media:

    John Lapoint of Packgen in Auburn, Maine, says he’s got plenty of floating oil containment boom and can make lots more on short notice. There’s just one problem: no one will buy it from him.

    He’s already had a representative from BP visit his factory and inspect his product. The governor of Maine, John Baldacci, visited the facility and made a video plea to no one in particular to close the deal. Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins wrote a letter on May 21 to the secretary of the Interior, the administrator of NOAA, and the commandant of the Coast Guard to alert them to the existence of Packgen, their supply of boom, and their demonstrated capacity to make more.

  • Ann

    Even after all is cleaned up and better (if that is possible at all) I will not buy anything from BP. They cannot bring back what will have been lost. Look at all of the marine life that are being destroyed that was already endangered to begin with. Not everything is repairable. They set a fine example of this!!!!!

  • Roger

    So that all the dumb DemoRats can better understand the situation, I am going to try and make it simple.
    ALL of the worlds oil, goes for sale by TWO methods. One is by AUCTION at the commodities exchange. The other is the SPOT auction. ALL of the oil is offered up to the highest bidder. If you BOYCOTT BP. You do NOTHING to affect BP. Does your 3 neuron brain comprehend that? If WE dont buy the oil. Someone else will. So, you can buy BP oil, ARAMCO oil, Venezuelan oil. Nigerian OIL. ANY OIL THAT YOU WANT. But, at the end of the day, BP WILL SELL ALL OF ITS OIL!!! Now, roger knows that you are mad. You can’t put your socks on without moms help, so you have plenty of reason to be mad! But, if you dont pull in to the BP station. Who is it that you are hurting?
    SOME POOR SLOB AMERICAN WORKER, that is working behind the counter, that will have to be laid off.
    Do you want to help the oceans? THE FISH???
    Then do this=-=================

    BUY BP STOCK!! Because its gonna go through the ROOF! And when it does, you can sell your shares, and donate the proceeds to the FISH AND WILDLIFE FUND! Now, THATS HOW YOU PUNISH BP, and help the oceans and fish.
    ———————————————–

  • MadAsHell

    Me thinks Roger doesn’t quite grasp bankruptcy….

    (from June 10…”The rich bondholders, stockholders, and
    corporate execs get their money”)

    Is this REALLY how it works Roger? Me thinks you quite stupid.

    ChUMp…..

  • Roger

    Me thinks MADASHELL is a low life loser with a brain of a slug. Rich stockholders?? RICH??
    While you are dreaming of bankruptcy ROGER is getting RICH on BP stock!! I bought in at around 30 bucks and within DAYS had made over eight hundred!
    You can boycott all you want with your broken down Schwin bicycle. Me? I’m pulling in to the BANK with my quick profits!

    Tell you what goat face, The stock is currently $34.05
    We’ll see who the goat faced loser is. We’ll see about “rich” roger and how effective your lame donkey boycott is month to month.

    In the meantime, be sure to keep putting the oil on your hair, and some air in your bicycle tire.

  • Roger

    Today is 7/13 BP stock is NOW a WHOPPING
    $36.88 WHEEEEE!!!!!!!!!

    Keep the boycott going boys!
    You are REALLY hurting us RICH stockholders!
    THIRTEEN HUNDRED DOLLARS!!!!!!!
    That buys a LOT of gas at the BP station.
    WHEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Roger

    Today is 7/15 Close of market on bp?

    38.92

    Roger said on JULY SIXTH.
    Dont boycott– BUY THE STOCK
    and donate the money to the fish and wildlife fund!
    (you can read it above)
    Too bad you bunch of LOSERS didn’t listen!

    Now, the stock that I OWN is going UP, UP, UP
    and UP! WHEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

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