Here’s a good article from the NYT about how boycotting BP amounts to a rounding error for the oil giant and how powerless we actually are when it comes to having a say over the practices of Big Oil:
BP doesn’t have much use for the service station business anymore. In 2007, it announced plans to sell the last 700 stations that it hadn’t already sold to franchisees. The company chose to focus on finding and collecting oil.
But, to lift a line from the Flaming Lips, no one is ever really powerless, and the point of TRUE Independence Day is to make a statement on energy policy, and to obviously express anger for what is happening in the Gulf. Another thing that is more implicit here is that we are all, from the industry, to the government, to the consumer and to the owners of service stations, are responsible on some level.