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Would you still get gas at BP?

By Jodi Westrick  |  June 8, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The name leaves a sour taste in my mouth (an oily taste?). I would buy gas at one of their stations only if it were the only open station and my tank had been empty for the last hour.

Posted by: MadamDeb | June 8, 2010 11:45 PM

There needs to be a choice labeled "Never"

Posted by: Nymous | June 8, 2010 11:46 PM

I live in Anne Arundel Co., Md. The BP stations prices of always higher than the other stations directly acrossed the road from them. I expect them to raise their prices even higher. It is way past time for our government to regulate energy prices. Since the deregulation of the energy industries, we citizens have been almost bankrupted paying their ever higher costs. It cannot go on or none of us will ever be able to retire. Our pensions go up by pennies, while their prices go up by dollars.

Posted by: papafritz571 | June 9, 2010 12:01 AM

No, I want to buy it at Hugo Chavez's gas station, cause he really knows how to 'kick a$$'!

Posted by: chatard | June 9, 2010 12:53 AM

You have to understand, that these stations are indpenently owned. The owners pay a fee to BP to use their name. BP has already collected their fee from these owners. If I were one of these owners I would see about changing my name thats for sure.

Posted by: sulle1 | June 9, 2010 6:29 AM

So you have no reservation buying gas from Citgo, a wholelly owned company of a Marxist, socialist thug who denigrates the US and capitlaism at every turn but would NOT buy from a company who had a huge accident and is trying to deal with the consequences of having to drill in the location they did by overregulation?
Perhaps they could have handled it better but the entity that did NOT follow their own established prepositioned procedures is the US Government. What difference would that have made? I won't have to wait in line as long if you guys don't buy from BP. Knock yourselves out.

Posted by: theduck6 | June 9, 2010 7:38 AM

Yes, I'll keep buying BP gasoline. Consider the alternatives.

Posted by: egc52556 | June 9, 2010 7:57 AM

I have heard the argumant that a boycott of BP will only hurt the local BP franchise owners and not BP itself.

In the past, I have also heard the argument, coming from supply-siders and those who would prefer less government regulation, that the free market would impose its own penalties on corporations who play fast and loose with the environment --- that is --- consumers would avoid supporting corporations whose behaviors lead to incompetent and dangerous practices. The market will punish them, not the government.

So which is it in this case?

Posted by: rlampe | June 9, 2010 8:03 AM

No, I wouldn't get gas at BP. But don't oil companies sell oil to multiple refiners and distributors? I'm probably buying BP oil anyway.

Posted by: arancia12 | June 9, 2010 8:56 AM

I'm hoping to not buy gas at any station once I can afford a decent electric car and charge it from solar panels. Until then I won't boycott any gas station because I can't think of a "good" oil company compared to the "evil" BP. Consider how Shell oil behaved in Nigeria, Chevron/Texaco in Ecuador, Exxon in Alaska, etc.

Posted by: Thunko | June 9, 2010 8:59 AM

If I bought gas at a BP gas station I would continue to buy it there. The owner of the BP station is a neighbor in the community trying to make a living on the razor-thin profit margin selling gas. Any boycott of a local BP gas station will hurt the small business person in my community and have a miniscule effect on BP, the multi-national corporation. As pointed out in some of the comments, most of the alternatives are buying from the other major oil producers like Exon-Mobile etc. For those of us who regularly buy gas from the local quick marts like Super America or PDQ, we have no idea which major corporation supplies their gas. It could be BP or not. The best comsumers could do is support development of alternative approaches to reducing our dependence on BP or Exon-Mobile or the like. Electric batteries, french fry oil, solar cells anyone? Or how about riding our bikes or walking more often?

Posted by: cpflast | June 9, 2010 9:23 AM

If you think BP is any different than any other Oil Company out there you my friend are one naive individual. The real question is: Are you willing to buy a fuel efficient car or practice conservation. If not, then feel free to engage in the great America pastime of meaningless gestures

Posted by: daved1 | June 9, 2010 9:27 AM

I'm going around the corner and not buying from BP. The other dealer is also a local businessman who will be glad to have the $. If other big companies see BPs numbers drop and brand damaged, they will also raise their environmental efforts to avoid a similar fate. If they think we don't care, they won't change.

Posted by: NovaBorn | June 9, 2010 9:52 AM

A boycott of BP gas is a joke: it's just marketing. They'll change their name again, invest a few more bucks in greenwashing and it all gets swept under the table. The oil companies are adept at this and BP has been the expert in public deception. Their real record is beyond horrible with a long history of safety violations, environmental catastrophes, human rights violations, shirking regulation and responsible management, bribery (oops, I mean campaign contributions) and even hints of supporting terrorist organizations (in Columbia in 2006).

What I would support, once BP defaults on the bill for this clean-up (and it will) is seizure of ALL BP assets in the US until the bill is paid and criminal prosecution of those responsible. Real action by the US government is where our attention should focus, not on silly, feel-good pap.

Posted by: joebanks | June 9, 2010 9:54 AM

Ah the right wing posting community. Generally a bunch of clowns and the comments posted here about Marxism and all of that is nothing but another exhibition of pure ignorance. Most of you wouldn't know what Marxism or Socialism, or Communism or National Socialism are, or how they differ from each other. You're like parrots. You hear something and then you pick it up and repeat over and over and over again like "Polly wanna a cracker". You probably are a bunch of crackers.

One more thing..... Hugo Chavez may be a clown but he was legally elected, more than once and you can check that. He has tried to get himself elected for life but that has failed every time and yet he has not just gone ahead and done it by executive fiat or a coup. In fact, coups have been attempted against him witth, at least, the tacit support of the U.S. government, He is not threatening his neighbors and he is not a danger to us. We do appear to be a danger to him. Oil imports from Venezuela are a part of the energy picture that keeps your F150's to F350's and Hummers and Expeditions, and other large vehicles running. You're so dumb that you don't even see that the current energy policy of the United States, in place largely to please fools like you, is in direct conflict with the National security of the United States. It is people of the right wing ilk that are dragging the nation into further decline. It is because of people like you that we are engaged in two wars in the middle east, the root cause of which is petro politics. You need to think about what you say and do, if you are actually capable of thought rather than just rote stupidity.

Posted by: robertmerry | June 9, 2010 9:56 AM

"If you think BP is any different than any other Oil Company out there you my friend are one naive individual."

In other words: Dear oil companies, you have a green light to behave as badly as you want.

Posted by: buckdharma | June 9, 2010 10:06 AM

Even better, get a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with 50+ mpg and watch the stock prices of Big Oil plummet. Oh yeah!

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | June 9, 2010 10:23 AM

I will continue to support the local merchants selling BP fuels. I feel it is counterproductive to penalize the local business owners and their employees for the inexcusable greed and callousness of BP corporate.

Posted by: realworld51 | June 9, 2010 10:27 AM

These kinds of polls expose the ridiculous idea that it's 1920 again. There are so many hidden, interlocking relationships between producers, refiners, distributors and dealers that a customer has no idea who he/she is supporting with their purchase. As one posted pointed out, it means very little that the BP sign is out front. So you're probably hurting the little guy (dealer) the most. And he's your neighbor! This is just the media pandering to the frustration of the average citizen who feels powerless because in most cases they are. Actually these feedback features are part of the same process.

It's like the label Made in America. The rules have been so watered down by pressure from lobbyists that if only one small part is added in the US it qualifies. Sometimes that part is the Made in America label itself.

Posted by: RichardinPasadena | June 9, 2010 10:31 AM

BP has very deep pockets so it would take time, but imagine if enough people boycotted BP to cause BP to go bankrupt. Yeah, we sure showed them! But wait, now who'll stop the gusher and clean up the Gulf? The other oil companies will correctly say they're not liable for BP's mess. Who else can stop the well and clean up? Only the government (probably by hiring other oil companies' equipment and expertise at great expense), which means you and me - the taxpayers.

Posted by: Derwood67 | June 9, 2010 10:39 AM

No I wouldn't! I stopped buy gas from Mobil after the Valdez oil spill and this is certainly a lot worse than that!

Posted by: MyOpion1 | June 9, 2010 10:54 AM

LOL! I love the righteous here that say they would stop buying gas at BP. If it were a nickel a gallon cheaper than Exxon, they'd be lining up at the pump.

Posted by: theFieldMarshall | June 9, 2010 11:01 AM

Most certainly!! Filled up my car and the wife's last night at our local BP station.

Posted by: WildBill1 | June 9, 2010 11:03 AM

Of course I want to boycott BP - but my daughter reminded me that the station owner lives in our town, and his children go to our schools. So whom would I be hurting? Too many innocent bystanders already. The larger question is, do I have any better options? I knew the answer before I read this:

Boycott BP!
Because it’s much better to give your money to Exxon.
http://www.newsweek.com/2010/06/07/boycott-bp.html

Posted by: ndygrl | June 9, 2010 11:18 AM

YES, I WILL BUY GAS FROM BP. WHY? SO THEY CAN USE THEIR PROFITS TO CLEAN UP THEIR OIL SPILL. DON'T GIVE THEM AN EXCUSE TO MAKE US PAY FOR IT. AND WE WILL THROUGH OUR TAX DOLLARS IF THEY SAY THEY DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS. HOWEVER, THE GOVERNMENT DOES NEED TO KEEP GAS PRICES IN CHECK.

Posted by: OneOpinion | June 9, 2010 11:20 AM

I will go out of my way to purchase gas from a BP station, as I did a few days ago. These are local business owners who are being unfairly targeted by you "protesters" because of the sign that hangs over their stations.

BP the corporation does not sell its product directly to consumers, so we as individuals have absolutely zero affect on the corporation's bottom line with a boycott.

The rest of you can go to the Exxon down the street and purchase gasoline that was probably refined by BP.

Posted by: RambleOn | June 9, 2010 11:30 AM

BP owns Arco, often the cheapest gas in town around here. So, yes, I will continue to buy it and, if others boycott, it might even get cheaper.

Posted by: edbyronadams | June 9, 2010 11:36 AM

I'll start buying gas at BP now. Why would one want them to go out of business, unless you want to pay for the gulf fiasco with taxpayer money.

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | June 9, 2010 11:51 AM

I gassed up at the local BP Memorial Day weekend. There were a handful of people across the street waving signs and carrying on. If I hadn't had anything better to do I might have gone over and explained to them how the guy who owned the station was a local businessman who had nothing to do with oil spills and in fact was providing jobs and a needed service, then asked them how they had got to their little protest. If they hadn't walked over on shoes containing no plastic at all they, just like the rest of us, were using oil, some of it from offshore wells like the one that recently blew up and started spewing crude into the Gulf. The global economy runs on oil and will for a long time yet. As long as it does so there will be spills as a cost of doing business. Yes, BP should pay for the damages; but beyond that it's all wasted breath.

Posted by: ex-Virginian4 | June 9, 2010 12:11 PM

NOT ONLY NO BUT HELL NO !

Posted by: JWTX | June 9, 2010 12:11 PM


If it doesn't matter so much, then why does it matter to you?

I have boycotted Citgo and Exxon and sure, it's tilting at windmills.

I now buy gas at Costco.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 9, 2010 12:34 PM

Am I allowed to say, "HELL NO"

Posted by: JJ55 | June 9, 2010 12:46 PM

Their gas prices are always 20-30 cents more than anyone else. Why would I want to waste more money? I don't buy gas at Citgo, either. I guess I support the Arab terrorists rather than the stupid Chavez guy.

Posted by: VotetheBumOut | June 9, 2010 12:49 PM

I get my gas at Taco Bell

Posted by: nuzuw | June 9, 2010 12:55 PM

Why wouldn't I still get gas from BP. First the Midwest is loaded with BP stations. I might need gas from them sometime. Second, BP didn't do this on purpose. What, no one else made a mistake? Minerals Management Service came up completely clean on this spill? Why was the director fired?

Because MMS shares some culpability, does that mean I am not going to pay anymore income taxes??

Nobody's going to nationalize international oil company BP, located at 1 ST James Pl, London. They've promised to clean up. So how is anyone going to help that desirable process by boycotting their stations? You think you are going to put them out of business, or send them a message by boycotting their gas? :)))))

They sell oil all over the world. They feel the heat already. Unless you just feel like "expressing yourself" to make yourself feel better, your boycott will accomplish nothing. Good luck with that.

Posted by: bbwk80a1 | June 9, 2010 1:13 PM

Sure, almost every BP station is intependently owned and the poor schmoes who run them bear no blame for the spill.

Posted by: ozpunk | June 9, 2010 2:35 PM

I have refused to buy gas at any BP station since the company prevailed upon the Scottish justice minister to release the Lockerbie bomber. It did so in order to win lucrative drilling rights from Libya. BP is a company with the character of pond slime, so its not surprising that in addition to freeing terrorists, it is ruining our oceans, too.

Posted by: seve2yoo | June 9, 2010 2:49 PM

Use BP gas? Only if you're a Hummer gas guzzling, NRA member, Republican wing-nut,
Dick Cheney devotee looking for some endangered species to run over on the highway.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | June 9, 2010 4:18 PM

Hey I live in Chevron country, and don't recall seing a BP station in Redmond, WA (the bicycle capital of the NW). Costco has good prices, as well as Safeway. So there are better choices than BP stations.

But using the Exxon-Valdez spill in Alaska as an "precedent," you might expect that BP will pay very little for the damages caused in the Gulf. Exxon fought for reduced damages in court, and essentially won. The legal challenge was based on some arcane "merchant ship" laws.

In other words, everyone seems to assume that BP will pay for damages. But because the accident occured way out there in the Gulf, the prevailing laws might be very inadequate for penalizing BP.

Posted by: rmorris391 | June 9, 2010 4:44 PM

NEVER! OVER MY DEAD BODY! I just returned from beautiful Sanibel Island, a barrier island off of Fla's SW coast, one of the most beautiful areas anywhere on this planet-I believe-and I've been to lots of beautiful places all over the world. I saw manatees, for the first time, on a brackish estuary near the Everglades. It was a magical moment. BP is all over SW Fla-BP owns around 100 gas stations outright, the others are franchises-HOWEVER, DON'T THINK BP DOESN'T GET SOME ROYALTIES FROM FRANCHISEES WHO USE THE BP LOGO-SOME OF THAT MONEY DOES GO TO BP-BP HAS EFFECTIVELY DESTROYED THE UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM OF THE GULF OF MEXICO-IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME-WHEN THE MANATEES, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES, START DYING, WHEN ALL THE WILDLIFE AND MARINE BIRDS ARE DEAD AND DYING, WHEN THE SEA VEGETATION IS SO TOXIC THAT IT CANNOT ANY LONGER SUPPORT MARINE LIFE-THEN IT'S GONE.

AND BP HAD NOTHING, WE NOW KNOW-IN THE WAY OF A CONTINGENCY PLAN-AND THEY STILL DON'T HAVE A COHERENT MANAGEMENT(THAT'S BECAUSE IT'S A BRITISH COMPANY-BRITS ARE SOME OF THE MOST INCOMPETENT EXECUTIVES/MANAGERS ON THIS PLANET-THEY'RE WORSE THAN MANAGERS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD, I TELL YOU) THE BRITS ARE STILL LYING ABOUT THE SCOPE OF THIS DISASTER, THEY ARE MURDERERS WHO HAVE DESTROYED HUMAN, ANIMAL AND MARINE LIFE, NOT TO MENTION A UNIQUE ECOSYSTEM.

AND THEIR GD CLUELESS B--STARD OF A CEO, TONY "I WANT MY LIFE BACK" HAYWARD STILL INSISTS THAT THEIR SAFETY PRACTICES ARE GOOD, AND EVERYTHING IS FINE. TYPICAL BRIT-THE STIFF UPPER LIP HIDES A PLETHORA OF UTTER INCOMPETENCE!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | June 10, 2010 12:16 PM

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