Jr Deputy Accountant is a Dirty Capitalist Pig (Oh Well)
I'm going to confess something: I filled up at a BP-owned Arco station the other day and it felt good. Good because Arco, desperate to sell anything to help pay for parent BP's oil cleanup efforts, is coming in at $3.05 a gallon. To put this in perspective, the Shell station directly behind my house goes for $3.38 as of yesterday. I generally have been getting $3.25 average.
First of all, I'm already a dirty pig for having a car at all in this city but don't judge; I recycle like a motherfucker, give bikes the right of way even when they shouldn't have it (you wanna be treated equally on the road? It's called a STOP sign, asshole) and fully utilize the off-the-books "San Francisco curb/Craigslist recycling program" to get rid of crap I don't need (or find some that I do). So I'm not completely heartless but still a complete douchebag according to 99% of the San Francisco population just for being into wasting gas to shmob to Serramonte and buy more shit I don't need.
But I refuse to pay an extra 20 cents per gallon on principle alone. You want to boycott BP? Good for you but how are they supposed to pay for oil spill cleanup efforts if they aren't making any money? It would explain the desperation that's forced Arco prices down lately and if that's their tactic, it worked, at least on me. You won't catch me driving across town for the cheap stuff but I was in the neighborhood and the Mazda was dry, what would you have done?
Joe Mirabella doubts the effectiveness of these well-intentioned "boycotts" that I'm obviously not participating in (via HuffPo):
The progressive community loves to throw the word "boycott" around. While the BP oil gusher was still gushing, I heard several calls to boycott BP. Yet, BP stations I see today are always full of cars sucking down oil.
Effective boycotts take massive organization, huge coalitions, and steadfast dedication to the cause.
Rather than boycott companies, I prefer to spend consciously by taking an affirmative approach to consumer politics. I like to reward and focus on good behavior, rather than focus my energy punishing bad behavior. For example, I am on the Board of Directors for the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA). It is the country's largest LGBT chamber of commerce. By becoming a member of GSBA, our members sign onto a code of ethics that demonstrates their commitment to the LGBT community. I support GSBA member businesses whenever possible and use the annual GSBA Guide to find those businesses. For example, the gym I used to lose 47 lbs this year, Mode of Fitness, is a GSBA member. I remain a loyal customer, because I know they are loyal to my community.
We can do more with our collective money power than simply boycott. Sort of like not waiting around for the government to figure out what to do with non-profits but doing something with our own money instead. Like cheap gas. Who gives a fuck? The more you buy that the less Obama will have to hand over.
My car is going to suck down oil either way so I might as well get a deal on it.