I think one of the best option we masses of people have against big corporations is a boycott.

I advocate a boycott against Exxon, BP and Chevron gas stations. Use independent stations instead. Have people with placards on the public sidewalks near the gas stations to remind them of the BP oil spill in the Gulf, the Exxon oil spill in Alaska, and the Chevron explosion in Richmond, CA. This would mostly be symbolic, like divesting, but would remind the public that we want to get away from dirty fossil fuels. U.S. Transportation fuel consumption accounts for over 70 percent of total U.S. oil consumption, and more than 65 percent of that amount is for personal vehicles. I think if we boycotted gas stations of Chevron, BP and Exxon, it would send a big message that "we the people" control where we spend our money. Why is this not a good idea?

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  • Christopher Kavanaugh
    commented 2017-02-16 21:58:58 -0500
    Bad idea 1. The majority of people have not made the change to a fossil free vehicle ( or demanded a quality public transit system nationwide.) When you are facing ie our California freeways and all the associated stress a protestor with a sign becomes another
    irritant and convenient scapegoat. BTDT
    2. So called ‘independant’ gas stations are often ‘wolves ( not our economic mentor) in sheep’s clothing.’ A California ‘independant chain’ with competitive prices became a popular alternative. We had elections some years back and it was revealed they were financing a new regulation that would have crippled solar development in California for decades. It was revealed they were Texas owned and the initiative was defeated. They sold out within the year. Independants are often ( not all) owned by ie russian organised crime
    who were disposing toxic chemicals at profit by diluting in their gasoline.
    A more effective strategy is to promote mass transit and alternative fuels. Prof Wolff is heard on Pacifica Radio. It is rediculous to learn about climate change and then hear a car show talking about ‘cool muscle cars on display this weekend with a cruise night.’ or ‘the Corvair club protested the Ralph Nader rally ’ha ha’. I call in and keep asking for more alternative fuel information until they can be heard cringing.
  • Ari C
    published this page in Ask Prof. Wolff 2017-02-16 10:43:09 -0500