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Running Out of Options

In 1996, I started boycotting Mobil Oil for disparaging racial comments made during an Executive Board Meeting.

In 1999, I stopped buying gas at Exxon because of the Valdez oil spill and the slap on the wrist given to the captain on the ship.

Now, it looks like I'm going to have to add BP to that list. What happened in April is nothing short of a catastrophe. From the beginning of this mess, I knew it was bigger than it was being reported. The media was spoon fed information and went with it until BP officials could no longer deny the mess they created.

The BP Spill not only affects the livelihood of fishermen on the Gulf Coast, it also affects seafood lovers like me who live thousands of miles away.

The BP spill is one also more example as to why we MUST find alternative means to oil.

Comments

Sharon McMillan said…
I strongly agree with you Beverly. That's one of the reasons I took to becoming a supporter of new urbanism (basis for my blog New Urban Mom). One of the ways we can wean ourselves off of such a heavy dependency on oil is to change our mindset about community life.

New Urbanism encourages the design and development or redevelopment of communities that make it easier for us to work and live closer to one another. It's about buying local food, encouraging the growth of a local economy and making our physical environments pedestrian friendly.

Shortening our commutes and the distances that food and other things we need must travel to reach our markets is a start to at least reducing the amount of fuel we consume.

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