Unfortunately the boycott of BP gas stations affects local station owners, but consumers really don't have any other way to vent their frustration with the oil company. ("Sales fall at area BP pumps in wake of spill," June 14). As a consumer I know that the only way we can truly avoid such disasters is by cutting down on our consumption of oil and hope that automobile manufacturers will produce cars that will use renewable sources of energy that won't harm the environment as much as oil. That won't necessarily solve our problems as we have become a world dependent on the use of petroleum and other sources of fuel that pollute our earth.
First of all, I believe that we as consumers really don't have many avenues for voicing our discontent with the situation in the Gulf Coast. A boycott, whether it is organized or the result of a personal decision, may seem misguided, but it is still a way of letting those responsible know that it did not go unnoticed. As stated in the article, BP no longer owns the stations that bear its name. They are under contract to purchase BP gasoline, and that is the product that consumers are boycotting to express their frustration, but it does impact the owners of BP stations. The article also mentioned that other stations buy their brand of gasoline as well. Who should we really boycott?