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Despite multiple willful transgressions of federal law, BP continues to receive billions of dollars worth of federal contracts and purchases, The Washington Post reported on Monday. In one notable example, the Department of Defense has purchased close to $1 billion worth of petroleum products from BP. Of course, none of this is news to Public Citizen; we called for the Department of Defense to suspend contracts with  BP back on June 7 in a letter to President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

BP has repeatedly shown that it cannot be trusted to act as the American public wishes. It is therefore imperative that the federal government stop rewarding BP with lucrative contracts.

When Congress returns from holiday next week, it is expected to continue discussing barring BP from new oil and gas drilling leases. Lawmakers have yet to discuss suspending fuel purchases by the government. They should do so immediately.

Also, remember to sign our pledge to Boycott BP at beyondBP.org and check out our Facebook page, 1,000,000 strong to Boycott BP.

News outlets around the world covered our protest last week at BP’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. From the Bloomberg/Businessweek story:

Over 100 people representing eight environmental groups attempted a symbolic “citizen’s arrest” of Tony Hayward in a park outside the company’s offices in downtown Washington.

Public Citizen President Robert Weissman led the group to the lobby of BP’s office building, attempting to get a company official to accept a list of crimes and a black-and-white striped prisoner’s uniform fitted for Hayward. They were told no one was in the office today.

A BP official told Gerard Shields of the Baton Rouge Advocate’s D.C. bureau said the company was braced for protests.

“Everyone is frustrated with this situation, including everyone at BP,” Toby Odone said. “If some people want to express their frustration by protesting us, that’s something we’ll have to live with.”

From Russia Today:

One of the chief targets for today’s protesters was BP CEO Tony Hayward. Protesters say he committed a crime and should do the time.

He’s guilty because he killed 11 workers and he is a major cause for this oil spill,” said law student Crystal Kim.

Another day, another failed method to stop the oil from gushing. We’re getting pretty sick of this pattern. This time, the plan to saw off a leaking pipe and then cap it came to a halt, literally. The saw is stuck, as is the process to stop the oil. Back to square one.

Yet, as attention focuses on stopping the spill, a very important piece is lacking attention — protecting the workers trying to clean up this mess. Lawyers prepare to file claims as they try to attract customers that were hurt, physically or economically, by the catastrophic spill. Government officials delve into criminal and civil investigations of the spill.

Despite the international attention on the spill and its cleanup, oil continues to gush day after day. No sign of crying itself to sleep, as one of my colleagues half-joked. But in case you’re close to tears yourself, Jon Stewart yet again covered the BP spill in two full segments last night. (And you thought we were the only ones talking about the spill this much…)

But we at Public Citizen have also been hard at work, this time organizing a massive protest in front of BP’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, complete with a mock citizen’s arrest. If you’re in the D.C. area, please come join us. If not, tell your friends and stay tuned for pictures. (We’ll be rockin’ those awesome shirts above.)

And don’t forget to join our online efforts — on Facebook, through our petition, and telling President Obama to ban the expansion of offshore drilling to prevent future oil spill disasters.

Out of sight, out of mind will not work in this situation. We are just starting to see the effects on wildlife stemming from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What’s worse? What we aren’t seeing.

On Good Morning America, Phillipe Cousteau, grandson of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, dove 25 feet below the water’s surface in the Gulf. His report was astonishing, calling the situation a nightmare. Cousteau said that the chemical dispersants aren’t working — only breaking the oil up into little droplets that animals can more easily absorb or eat. Devastating.

The stuff we are seeing isn’t too great, either. From today’s Washington Post:

“Now that the stuff is really sort of coming ashore, it really is living up to its potential. It’s certainly breached the sort of outer defense system of Louisiana,” said James H. Cowan Jr., a professor at Louisiana State University. “It’s the very worst-case scenario, for things like birds and mammals.”

The Post also reports that members of the Minerals Management Service had been accepting gifts from oil companies. How’s that for regulation and enforcement? Big Oil isn’t just stopping at the executive branch. The director of Public Citizen’s Energy Program, Tyson Slocum, was quoted in this NPR story about Big Oil’s lobbying efforts post-spill:

“Big Oil’s legislative agenda is still able to function, even after a devastating event like we’ve got going on in the Gulf of Mexico right now,” Slocum said.

Looks like We, the People will have to take this into our own hands. Forget Beyond Petroleum, let’s get Beyond BP. Join our boycott of the oil company. 1,000,000 to boycott BP. Sign the petition, join us on Facebook and tell your friends. (We’re featured in this NPR story about the boycott, too.)

Jeez. Still no good news when it comes to cleaning up the oil spill that started more than a month ago. Oil is still gushing into the water, the industry’s plans to top the geyser keep failing, the government still has not intervened and no entity has accepted responsibility for the environmental catastrophe. And as we wait, birds are covered in oil. Crabs are covered in oil. Marshes are covered in oil. Sea turtles are washing ashore, dead. Jellyfish, too. You get it. It’s bad.

But in case you’re a visual learner, these images will leave you horrified and searching for a way to help.

What’s Public Citizen doing in response? Using the power of the purse. We are boycotting BP, the company that leased the rig responsible for the hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf every day. Our petition page already has more than 12,500 signatures (add yours now!), our Facebook page has nearly 3,500 fans (join that, too!) and media outlets keep our phones ringing off the hook, wanting more information on this devastating spill. Help us reach our goal of a million supporters!

The Washington Post ran a piece today highlighting our boycott. In it, some people talked about ignoring the boycott for the sheer convenience of going to BP stations. They’ll never learn! Join our efforts and show them what it means to affect change.

Our sister blog has a post about another Washington Post story revealing that some environmental groups take money from oil companies, including BP. (Public Citizen is not among them; we take no corporate or government money.)

And in case we’ve depressed you too much, a little something to give you a laugh, courtesy of Politico.

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