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Marco Mora, an auto body shop owner, was driving in Columbia Heights when he realized his Mercedes needed some premium love, so he pulled in under the feel-good green sign marked "BP" and opted for some $3.29-a-gallon Ultimate. Despite calls to boycott the company responsible for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Mora never even considered steering clear of BP's gas. Read the full article.

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Who uses this nasty oil anyway? They should be put in jail.

Posted by: reckontheirlife1 | May 25, 2010 12:06 PM

No people should not be boycotting BP. The company has made a huge mistake to say it lightly. But if financial support is pulled away from them in even the smallest ways, how will they be able to continue to clean up the mess? How will they be able to continue to pay the businesses along the shorelines that have loss of the eco system and the industry. This world always hits folks when they are down instead of rallying behind them and giving support to lift folks up in their time of dire need. Where is that good American stand behind that President Reagan had and talked about? He once said that he thought Americans where the strongest people on the face of the earth when they pulled together in support of one another.
Where is that strength and support for BP now? Why is everyone so ready to tear down instead of help build up?

Posted by: ellensusan | May 25, 2010 12:39 PM

Petroleum (crude oil) is a fungible commodity. The crude for the gas you bought at Exxon this morning could have easily come from a BP well. Boycotting BP service stations will not hurt BP corporate, only the local owner/operator.

Posted by: TCB4 | May 25, 2010 12:45 PM

Heck, half my family is still boycotting Exxon.

BP made record profits this year, Ellensusan. And they made a record oil spill they can't clean up. Plus they have their expenses capped, so we're all going to pay (mostly by way of wildlife and habitat). They don't need your charity. But we do need to send a message.

Posted by: sarahabc | May 25, 2010 12:48 PM

ellensusan, you are an idiot.

Posted by: cookie714 | May 25, 2010 12:48 PM

It is so unfair that BP has a cap on their expenses but not on their profits. You'd think that considering they made HUGE profits over the past 2 years that the savings would trickle down to the consumer or be available during times like these. Neither the consumer nor the government can afford to cover their mistake. Make BP dip into their profits to cover this. Helping them is just a bailout for a company that doesn't need it. Asking for our help is plain greed on their part!

Posted by: tonickjohnson | May 25, 2010 12:57 PM

That is the goal of capitalism, to produce cheap and sell high. We sold BP the leases and didn't require a security deposit or proof of a proven disaster recovery plan - this is one for lessons learned column (hopefully it will be contained soon). Obviously we learned nothing from the Exxon Valdez - a tanker that was accessible in shallow water took years to clean up after - at least with a ship you know how much oil is leaking out.

we are talking about an oil well over a mile under water - there are no instant repairs. It's not like there are lots of tools that work at that depth. Just like three mile island these technologies are great until something goes wrong. Society and the government need to include the risk as part of the cost of cheap oil. Maybe then there would be incentive to reduce the demand. We all share the blame in this - BP is no different than any other oil company that works offshore and I'm no bleeding heart tree hugger having worked in oil exploration and commercial fishing.

Posted by: maxicrom1 | May 25, 2010 1:41 PM

Hey! Oil and gas are fungible assets. If you boycott BP you got to go someplace else to get your gas. BP will just sell its supply to the companies who have picked up the boycotters. The real problem is no one in the government has any creativity in dealing with the problem. Mobilize the other oil companies to come in to assist. If you have to pay them, it will be cheaper in the long run.

Posted by: RFN8143 | May 25, 2010 1:46 PM

The US government should immediately seize BP's assets and take control of the operation to stop the "spill". That is the only way to ensure that everything possible will be done, and to get some measure of payback for the massive damage BP has caused to our waters and shorelines.

Posted by: JoeHillstrom | May 25, 2010 1:47 PM

1. Please do not subject BP to any boycott. The oil revenue for the Gulf of Mexico will be used to finance a National Clean-up Superfund to mop up oil, inspect oil towers, set nursery for displaced animals and shift Lousiana into a Green Economy based on a 1000 year environment impact study by own universities and colleges in concern.

2. Also, provide the United States Armed Forces with capital to take military action against any further oil drilling along the harbors of the United States of America. Lastly, the international incident is an act of war against the United States of America. The issues of engineering neglect fosters an element of sabotage against the indenigeous of the United States of America. The incident is characterized as terrorism with or without an investigation. Thus, an act of war against this nation.

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Posted by: sterlinggo1 | May 25, 2010 4:28 PM

Perhaps it should be pointed out that BP is a multi-national corporation, based in the UK. The oil it extracts from the gulf does not go to the U.S., it goes into an "pool" that is used internationally. The profits go to the UK, not the US. Also any losses they experience here will be deducted from taxes they would otherwise pay. We are not getting much from this drilling, except degrading our environment. Ask the folks in Louisiana if the oil related jobs are a good trade-off for loss of fisheries, tourism and environment?

Posted by: cne123 | May 25, 2010 6:22 PM

BP, Transocean, and Halliburton executives, along with probably thousands of oil executives in Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Alaska whose names we don't know are the real terrorists, the real heartless murderers, the real pillagers and bringers of death. They have destroyed our continent with their selfishness and greed. And to those who say, "How would we get around without oil" remember that decades ago there were ideas about electric cars, but oil company executives killed those plans to ensure their own future. They have killed endless numbers of helpless animals, and make have made the phrase "America the Beautiful" a very sad joke.

Posted by: skylark1 | May 25, 2010 8:32 PM

How about we boycott oil?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | May 25, 2010 11:35 PM

..."real terrorists, the real heartless murderers..., they have destroyed our continent with their selifishness and greed....they have killed endless numbers of helpless animals, and have made the phrase "America the Beautiful" a very sad joke."

What world are you living in? I don't think those who have provided one of the few commodities that has enabled recent generations to achieve the greatest life span, health, wealth, and decent lives--as removed as possible from "nasty, brutish, and short"--are remotely comparable to religious fanatics who wish death upon us all.

The accident in the Gulf is unfortunate, but who is doing the most to fix it? Do you honestly believe the Obama Administration has the expertise to fix the problem? Do you believe they have anywhere near the incentive BP has to fix the problem?

Skylark1, and all the rest here, you should be thanking BP and the rest of the oil industry, along with a number of other capitalist pigs, for making your lives so easy and free of effort that you can castigate those who do just that.

Posted by: asdf2 | May 25, 2010 11:45 PM

This is what happens when the Ignoramus Liberals refuse to allow any oil drilling on our soil or just off shore or in ANWAR. Drilling 57 miles offshore, a mile down, is insanity. Accidents happen and they are devastating. This "president" has grabbed every acre of land that has shale oil deposits in all the Western states. Now suffer the consequences and stop whining. NO, I would NOT boycott BP! Boycott Barry Obummer instead!

Posted by: priley8104 | May 26, 2010 12:22 AM

Hi, from a former biochemistry teacher.
At some point we must dump our lucky lifestyles. We in the first world have hundreds of times the standard of living of most people in the rest of the world. Do those people suffer? Yes, of course. What we suffer when we chuck our comforts will not hurt as much as keeping them. It is going to happen anyway. We either raise taxes to painful levels or we lose necessary services, or both.

Posted by: jamesrichard3 | May 26, 2010 2:05 AM

I think we should boycott the banksters instead, and withdraw all our money until they agree to stop stealing interest from savers, so investors can have cheap money to make things we need cost more.

Posted by: deanschaff | May 26, 2010 2:09 AM

I'd be lying if I said the thought didn't cross my mind.

However, the way I figure it that most of the BP franchisee owners are probably just small businessmen -- no different than the owner of any other gas station; and all of the major oil companies are pretty much [bleeps].

I am a little surprised in my area that their prices are the same are roughly the same as other gas stations after the spill. If there were heavy informal boycotts, I'd expect to see BP cutting prices in order to increase sales volume. Right now that doesn't appear to be the case.

Posted by: JPRS | May 26, 2010 3:16 AM

So you boycott BP, then what? Are you going to drive less or are you going to buy it from others such as Exxon, Sunoco and Valero? They are all the same and do the same things, namely increase profit for their shareholders and pad the bonuses of their chief honchos. Exxon stumbled in Alaska and BP stumbled in the Gulf. The real boycott will be if those opposed to BP seriously start consuming less oil. Otherwise, it is just an empty talk.

Posted by: gokhlele | May 26, 2010 7:06 AM

This accident could have happened to any oil company. It was not even BP operating the rig it was Transocean so the explosion is not the responsibility of BP.

BP realise the impact this spill has on their reputation and are doing everything they can to stop the oil and deal with the leak so I don't see what the point of a boycott is.

Any boycott will only harm the tens of thousands of americans who rely on BP for their employment.

Posted by: IAN35772 | May 26, 2010 7:10 AM

I will run out of gas before I buy Exxon. That has been true since the 1980s. Now same for BP.

Posted by: John1263 | May 26, 2010 7:16 AM

The Boycott is a tool of the powerless...

Posted by: demtse | May 26, 2010 7:27 AM

BP American operations are essentially AMOCO Corporation - American personel using American kit - okay its financial ownership is British , but to imply that nasty foreigners are intentionaly damaging the Gulf is so wrong.

Posted by: darose | May 26, 2010 8:24 AM

I will boycott BP until this whole mess is straightened out and we know exactly what happened and why.

If BP is guilty of gross negligence I will not buy BP products again.

Remember, not only is this oil rig blowout responsible for an ecological catastrophe, eleven offshore oil field workers died in the explosion.

Posted by: rcubedkc | May 26, 2010 8:35 AM

Forget BP, start boycotting the top six mega banks starting with b of a, citi and JPM.

They are stealing from you deliberately with the Fed's help and complicity through low interest rates on deposits and high interest rates on credit cards and fees..

BP screwed up badly, but they didn't start out to steal your money and financial futures like the these banksters who control over 70% of our deposits.

Get your priorities straight. The fed leads the wall street mafia and is destroying our economy and jobs, not BP.

Posted by: wesatch | May 26, 2010 8:43 AM

Boycotting BP wouldn't really mean much since all oil companies use the same practices, and we consumers are equally culpable in our addiction to oil. Further, oil goes on to the world market. In the end, its all the same raw commodity.

BUT, a targeted boycott of one company as an object lesson could have its benefits. it would show that consumers are serious and organized and able to consolidate power to send messages. This has its merits. Consumers should be concerned and aware of what we are all responsible for--both the oil production and our pervasive consumption. Consumers have a role to play and should find concentrated ways to do so.

Posted by: lindsaycurren | May 26, 2010 8:59 AM

No doubt BP has had a part in an environmental disaster and should be required to pay for the damages it caused, but if we start boycotting every company which has aided and abetted in bringing economic and environmental pain and suffering to our nation, we will only be attempting to shift the blame from our own greed, ignorance and ineptitude to someone else.

We recently saw our economy brought to the brink of collapse by the collective action over years of home buyers, mortgage lenders, Wall Street banks and politicians. Who do we blame? Everyone except ourselves because millions of us were part and parcel of the orgy of overspending and speculation which accompanied the home mortgage industry collapse. No one was complaining while the stock market was benefitting from this scam; only crowing about how our 401 Ks were growing every year. Or about how wer bought a house we shouldn't have been able to afford.

BPs drilling in the deepwater of the Gulf is a a direct reaction to the industrialized world's insatiable desire for oil to fuel our automobiles, particulary here in the United States. A popular mantra from the free marketeers and a simplistic solution to our need for fossil fuels is "Drill, Baby, Drill." No one told BP or the other companies to "Drill, Baby, Drill...but be very careful where you do!"

From what I have seen BP is exerting herculean efforts to stop this leak; while nothing has worked yet, to punish them now with a boycott is a classic case of shutting the barn door after the horse has left. Common sense says keep purchasing their product so they have the cash flow and profits to keep up their efforts to stop the leak and pay for the clean up.

Calls for Boycotts and for the Federal government to "fire" BP and replace them at the drill site with Federal employees and experts are the last thing we need to do now. Keep BP on the job and make sure they have the economic wherewithall to clean up the mess they helped create. Any other course may make for good political rhetoric but it is totally lacking in common sense.

Posted by: bobfbell | May 26, 2010 9:04 AM

I believe in the boycott of BP because they did not have a contingency plan for such a disaster. Their plan seemed to be this: the safety valve or whatever was fail-safe.

How many lives are going down the tubes because of this negligence? Honestly, I hope the US nationalizes BP, takes all their assets, and sells them to another oil company. And I mean every gas station, every platform, everything BP has in the US and her territories. Strip it away.

BP said they had a handle on anything that could go wrong and now it's coming out they were cutting corners on safety in the interests of profits. Shame on them.

Shame on us if we let it go unpunished.

Posted by: jonavery2000 | May 26, 2010 9:18 AM

Now I agree that BP is taking their sweet time capping this well but they are dealing with something almost a mile underwater. What works on the surface and in shallow water doesn't always apply to the pressures at that depth. This was an accident and is one big MESS but BP still has to clean it up so trying in vain to dent their pocket book doesn't seem prudent.

Posted by: stopthem | May 26, 2010 9:29 AM


If it's so impossible to stop a leak at that depth, WHY were they drilling there in the first place?!?!?

It would seem to me that reasonable precautions would have been required before permitting such a risky undertaking. That they weren't -- that BP could simply pretend that they "couldn't have imagined something like this would ever happen!" -- speaks to the cozy relationship that the oil companies have with their supposed regulators.

I absolutely support a boycott of BP, because the $16 million cap on fines that the government can levy against them is a pittance.

Posted by: leftcoastblue | May 26, 2010 9:53 AM

Boycotting BP is silly. ALL major oil companies have experienced accidents and spills. But as insular Americans, we don't always pay attention. There were major spills in the middle East, Australia and Nigeria in recent years. Probably Venezuela too. If you want to do something, then boycott cars altogether. Bike anyone?

Posted by: CarolGBOS | May 26, 2010 10:08 AM

They're drilling at that depth because we keep buying oil and we don't allow drilling in shallow water or on publicly owned land. "Out of sight, out of mind", dontcha know.

We could have artificial carbon-neutral fuel made from atmospheric CO2 with zero risk of spills for about $6 per gallon. Until then the best boycott is to use public transport and buy a Prius.

Posted by: raschumacher | May 26, 2010 10:12 AM

I find it interesting that the vote is running two to one in favor of a boycott but so many comments here advise against one, either because it is futile ("oil is fungible") or would hurt local business owners, not corporate headquarters.

Hmmmm. Methinks something is going on here. I just don't know who is so keen to quash boycott talk that they barrage public chatrooms with such "logic."

If BP can't sell its own branded products and has to pass along its oil to others for retail sale, do we suppose this would make a dent in its profits? As my grandmother used to say, "You bet your life it will!"

Boycott the schmucks. Boycott them not only because they caused this accident in the first place, but because now they are trying to prevent our government from reacting (success!) and are trying to stop the public from expressing its outrage in an organized, peaceful and effective manner. We will succeed where our government failed.

Let's do it.

Posted by: Clio1 | May 26, 2010 10:41 AM

BP was pretending to be safe and the inspectors were pretending to inspect. This is a recipe for disaster.

In 1969, Union Oil was pretending to to be safe and the inspectors were pretending to inspect in Santa Barbara. Nothing has changed since then.

When the Interior Department passes out waivers like candy for safety related issues, they are putting everyone at risk. Oil companies will always cut corners if you let them.

I only boycott CITGO because of Chavez.

Posted by: alance | May 26, 2010 10:46 AM

Ban BP from drilling in U.S. waters.

Posted by: jckdoors | May 26, 2010 10:49 AM

The world has the technology today to end fossil fuel use, but not the ability with our economic systems. An example is how we ground lightning without using that energy. Directing that energy for use in steam turbines, hydrogen production from distilled water is possible but never tried. Could we heat/cool our homes using 80% less energy with better insulation, geothermal transfer, efficient mechanical systems? Even easy fixes like solar water heaters are not widespread. As long as fossil fuels are cheaper, those changes are slow or not done. We at least have an energy Secy that is working towards it. The thorium uranium 233 breeders enable easy production of nuclear fuel. Biofuels being tested capture 10% of the suns energy opposed to the less than 2% from ethanol. We are possibly decades away from a viable commercial fusion reactor without the heavy waste. As the third world pulls itself out of poverty and develops fossil fuel use will increase to levels exhausting extraction in a few centuries.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 26, 2010 10:54 AM

Calls to boycott bp???
Are you kidding me? I have already been boycotting them for a few weeks now.

Posted by: vwcat | May 26, 2010 11:12 AM

Everyone who is blaming and boycotting BP probably has several cars in the garage. Nobody seems to be mad enough about this to quit driving.

Posted by: pgp62 | May 26, 2010 11:36 AM

It isn't a valid argument to say "if you drive a car you cannot boycott BP."

You are punishing a consistently irresponsible corporation even as you encourage their rivals to raise their game lest they suffer a similar fate.

I do not need to overturn my life and western civilization as we know it to make a point.

Please, all unemployed undergrads and carless 20 something urbanites, stop pushing your "all or nothing" agenda on the rest of us.

Boycott BP. It matters. It WILL help.

Posted by: Clio1 | May 26, 2010 12:00 PM

What's wrong with boycotting BP is what's wrong with every call to boycott this or that oil company: namely, that every major oil company is a wholesaler as well as a retailer. If you think you're hurting BP by driving past a BP gas station and filling your tank at the local Gas-N-Go, guess what: Gas-N-Go may have bought that day's supply of gasoline from BP.

Posted by: angelas1 | May 26, 2010 1:29 PM

Clio1 wrote: If BP can't sell its own branded products and has to pass along its oil to others for retail sale, do we suppose this would make a dent in its profits? As my grandmother used to say, "You bet your life it will!"

Clio, was your grandmother either an economist or a petroleum engineer? The suggestion of a boycott is typical tea-party parochialism which ignores the fact that there's quite a large world outside the USA. If ever a day comes when BP can't sell its products here, rest assured there are plenty of other buyers. Oil isn't milk: it won't spoil.

Posted by: angelas1 | May 26, 2010 1:42 PM

I did work in a name brand gasoline bulk plant, i saw tankers being filled with names of about all major oil companies on them, All being filled from the same hose.

I am not happy with what is nothing more then, them who have been educated far,far beyond, their personal IQ, Who made the drilling mistakes that is at blame for this.

The only way to boycott BP is to buy the off brand, that in most cases is gas from the bottom of a barge (rust dirt)or other storage that leaves the gas below standards.

Posted by: dv1236 | May 26, 2010 1:47 PM

I am participating, and have been for that matter, in the boycott of all oil. I do minimal driving in my day to day life. My Jeep gets started 2-3 times per month while my primary method of transportation is my skateboard and metro. Not only do I get good exercise daily, I don't give large sums of money to these tyrants.

Posted by: ericroks | May 26, 2010 2:15 PM

It is childish to boycott BP. They didn't want this to happen and are doing whatever they can to clean up and cap the well. Those who boycott seem to think that BP planned this spill and are not working to stop it. The boycotters are simply ignorant of the facts. BP wants this cleaned up and the well capped even more than you do. Personally I will continue to buy gas from BP. Look at it this way - when you buy gas from BP you are contributing indirectely to the clean up of the spill.

Also don't forget that real people own or license these BP stations. If you boycott them you are forcing Americans out of jobs. Obviously boycotters have total disregard for the facts and could care less about the economic fate of the citizens who own/license BP stations and staff these station.

Posted by: Lavrat2000 | May 26, 2010 2:48 PM

No people should not be boycotting BP. The company has made a huge mistake to say it lightly. But if financial support is pulled away from them in even the smallest ways, how will they be able to continue to clean up the mess? How will they be able to continue to pay the businesses along the shorelines that have loss of the eco system and the industry. This world always hits folks when they are down instead of rallying behind them and giving support to lift folks up in their time of dire need. Where is that good American stand behind that President Reagan had and talked about? He once said that he thought Americans where the strongest people on the face of the earth when they pulled together in support of one another.
Where is that strength and support for BP now? Why is everyone so ready to tear down instead of help build up?

Posted by: ellensusan | May 25, 2010 12:39 PM

This is in response to the above post:

If they are willing to destroy our country over profits I and the rest of America minus the GOP are willing to shut them down forever.

Tell me this. Where was the call to arms when our American companies were failing due to overseas imports.

This multinational company is another example of "greed is good" and these people taking full advantage of the hard working citizens that get trampled on because of their greed.

Boycott BP. One less leach sucking the resources from our great nation.

And by the way, you can go with them.

Posted by: rbraun2000 | May 26, 2010 3:40 PM

Boycot BP? That's ridiculous. Then go where, to Exxon? So we boycot BP. Then we boycot Exxon because of Valdez. Then we boycot Chevron because we don't like Chavez (oil from Venezuela). What's next? By the way, are you aware gas stations owned by different companies trade in petrol regardless of who pulled it out of the ground? Get real.

Posted by: Nobrun | May 26, 2010 3:43 PM

Cleanup, I agree with the first poster EllenSusan, BP must pay for a huge cleanup.

Money, BP is a private company, BP is not government, government can take money by force («taxes») to pay for what it does, BP cannot take money by force, BP gets money to pay for cleanup only from customers, they buy BP products, BP operates its company, BP produces products Americans use to keep up our car-based lifestyle, we deserve that lifestyle!

Dividends, do not forget that BP has to pay dividends to stockholders (like me!), oil companies have to pay dividends or else no one will invest in them and they will fold. No gasoline, ¿how many of you readers, you take only Public Transportation, the Bus, the Metro, you grocery shop by Bus or Metro?, sure you do!

You need gasoline, Gulf Coast needs cleanup, I need dividends. Therefore, out of your way, go out of your way to buy BP gasoline, and belay all this bilge about a «boycott».

Posted by: abu_ibrahim | May 26, 2010 4:07 PM

This should show America that Off Shore Drilling should be abonished. Why keep using a product that is killing us. We already know of better cleaner products we could produce. Doesen't America know that it is time to let oil quickly phase out to be replace by any and all of the other green energy scheems possible.

Posted by: Rayden1234 | May 26, 2010 4:40 PM

Obama needs BP's money to fund his re-election. He has taken more money from BP than any other politician. If there is a boycott, Obama will have more difficulty squeezing money out of BP.

Posted by: tsapp77 | May 26, 2010 5:10 PM

how about you all boycott all oil? . . . live in a cave, burn wood and walk everywhere you go . . . that will show 'em!

Posted by: RBCrook | May 26, 2010 6:07 PM


Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 10:00 PM

I may boycott BP. I have already boycotted Exxon and encourage all Americans to. Exxon makes more money than anybody in the world and yet they have not spent a dime to help the citizens af this nation in their time of need. If you boycott BP, you had better boycott Exxon as well.

Posted by: JD76 | May 26, 2010 10:11 PM

BP is an internationally incorporated oil mafia that has continually violated the law domestically and abroad, without penalty. It is largely responsible for the Iran we have today, and will not rest until Iran Oil is once again Anglo-Iranian Oil. NB: In 2009, BP contributed sixteen million dollars (that we know of) to US political campaigns. It is a danger to the Middle East, Asia, and the rest of the world, notably us. Boycott? How about indite and prosecute.

Posted by: farnaz_mansouri2 | May 26, 2010 10:13 PM

Cancel all the oil companies' leases, and start a national oil company to pump and refine the oil. All the free-marketeers can go to Hell, they had their chance, and they blew it.

Posted by: deanschaff | May 26, 2010 10:50 PM

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