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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Not everyone's boycotting BP

Posted By on Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

In fact, some people love their local BP stations and the the operators that run them. Here's more from The Mecklenburg Times:

Across the country, many people have been fuming over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by holding protests and boycotting their local BP gas stations.

Not so much in Charlotte.

BP station owners here say their customers have been loyal even after the largest oil spill in United States history.

Todd Bonner of Columbia, S.C., said he didn’t consider the brand name when stopping for gasoline at a Fort Mill, S.C., BP station owned by Times Oil Corp. Friday morning while on his way into Charlotte for work.

Bonner said he holds the government and companies Halliburton, one of the world’s largest oilfield corporations headquartered in Houston, and Switzerland-based Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling company, as responsible as BP for the oil spill.

Gary Sopcheck, who also was fueling up at the Fort Mill station Friday morning, said BP’s gasoline gives his vehicles better fuel economy. Sopcheck, who was returning to his home on the east coast of Florida after vacationing in Charlotte, said BP is doing the best it can to stop the leak and help the Gulf Coast residents.

Neither of the men said they considered boycotting BP.

Station owners say that that sentiment holds true throughout Mecklenburg County area.

Read the rest of this article, by Tara Ramsey, here.

What do you think? Boycott BP or not?

I can tell you that, in my neck of the woods, the BP station is only slightly less busy while the Shell station down the road is beyond capacity. But is that company's oil really more politically correct? No, it's not.

Instead of boycotting, reduce the amount of petroleum you consume — like oil, gas and plastic, then encourage others to do the same. Until we reduce our enormous need for foreign oil, we're really not going to make much of an impact. This is where it's important to remember that companies will usually supply what we demand. So, if you continue to expect everything to come wrapped in shrink wrap, encased in plastic, further encased in cardboard and then, for good measure, hauled in a plastic bag or that your gas and oil consumption doesn't matter then, I hate to tell you, you're part of the problem.

Here's a few reasons to boycott other gas stations:

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