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Posted by : cj on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 05:03 PM
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Ten Reasons you simply must Boycott BP

1. Because it's fun. All your friends are doing it. Lady Ga Ga and Korn are even doing it. Take charge. Your dollar is your vote. If you see a pretty green sign that says BP just pass it by. Don't buy your gas there. Don't buy your cigarettes there. Don't buy your beer there. Don't buy a stick of gum from BP.

2. Because it is the morally correct thing to do. BP is an example of negligence gone criminal and as a result America is paying the price. If you love your country you will not support its biggest polluter. BP has lied to us from moment one, has stalled and downplayed the situation until it was too late. As a result we have a puddle of slow death in the Gulf of Mexico the size of Chernobyl.

3. Because BP gas stations are not really owned by those so called mom and pop "small" franchise good neighbors like BP keeps telling us they are. Medium sized gas companies, subcontractors of BP, that usually own hundreds of them at one time, own most BP gas stations. Furthermore, each franchise must pay BP something like $7000 a month just to use the logo, and give BP 5% of all sales. When you boycott a BP gas station you are directly boycotting BP.

4. Because their CEOs and executives have shown such apathy toward us. Tony Hayward said he "wanted his life back." Another BP head said he cares about "the small people." Hayward refused to testify before our Congress; he just kept repeating a scripted line as if we are stupid. BP doesn't care about us at all.

5. Because boycotting BP won't bankrupt them. They are already heading toward bankruptcy. They will be hit by nothing but litigation after litigation for years to come. They are already going off the cliff but we can give them a little push to speed it up for them.

6. Because BP is like a mafia. BP employees have come into the boycott BP Facebook page and have basically said either shut up and buy our gas or we are going to harass you and intimidate you. BP is a dangerous, criminal organization. They are responsible for 97% of all major safety violations in the industry. They get away with it because they know how to grease palms like any other mafia. They are extorting us by threatening not to clean up their mess unless we buy their gas.

7. Because BP doesn't own America. They have held America hostage with their double edged sword. They caused the problem and they are in charge of fixing the problem. Huh? They've banned reporters from interviewing Americans on American soil. They refuse to give true information about what is happening with the well head that will destroy America. They repeatedly just say "no" to our laws and demands. They act like they are above our laws.

8. Because instead of using all their resources to stop the gusher of oil and to clean up the beaches, they wasted a half billion dollars on a campaign of commercials to save their own image.

9. Because BP has caused the worst ecological disaster probably in the history of mankind. What else needs to be said.

10. Because Bayou Lee from Louisiana says boycott BP and that's good enough for me.

--CJ Laity

PS, click here for some protest photos.

Note: Click here for Laity's Ten Reasons Why You MUST Boycott BP letter.

 
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