I was downtown on Saturday with my sign positioned outside of the peoples food co-op. There was a festival going on on that block, and the farmers market, so the foot traffic was high. I had only good responses. Unlike before where a person said, “If we boycott they cannot pay for the spill.” Last week BP spent 50 million on TV ads to spin their image, and 10 billion to pay out dividends to share holder as a bribe to prevent a massive sell off, and share holder lawsuits.
I still see people driving into BP station in this town like robots. The stations are everywhere, so I get it is all about convenience. Maybe they do not watch the news, or they do not connect with the place they by gas, and the people who caused the worse environmental disaster in US history.
Most of the money BP makes is not at the pump. The have big institution contracts with our military to supply jet fuel. Will that fact make our gov’t cave, and not go for disembarment, a process of basically kicking out a corporation from doing business in the US, and receiving gov’t contracts? Who knows.
Between the grossly inflated gas prices under Bush, and the hugh demand to feed our wars (which are in part oil related), the oil companies have made record profits in the last few years.
Part of those profit went to an army of lobbyists who created a “cozy relationship” to deregulate the industry for safety. In other words to drill deeper without spending money on clean up technology.
The result is that we have ruined the coastline of at least four of our states, and set the stage for huge dead zones in the ocean. Not to mention the fall out of people getting sick.
Will BP pay. Not if they do not have too. Their share holder got 10 billion this year, but it will remain to be seen how much BP will pay. As little as possible I figure because companies are about the bottom line not social responsibility.