We at alexandluke.com are an above-average petroleum consumer. We are driving through every State, Province, and Territory in the USA and Canada and while our VW rabbit is a very fuel-efficient car, on a long day of driving we can consume 115+ Liters (30+ Gallons) of gasoline.
When we pull over for gas there is almost always the option to fill up our tank at a bp gas station. There are three schools of thought about what we should be doing when faced with this decision:
1) Purchase your gasoline from the bp gas station. The dollars you are spending are helping to fund the clean-up effort in the Gulf Coast and eventually will help the people and businesses affected by the disaster.
2) Boycott bp. The dollars you are spending are supporting a socially irresponsible company that through its neglect has caused the biggest oil spill in American history.
3) Purchase your gasoline from bp, or not. Regardless of where you are spending your dollars you are supporting big oil. Yes, bp is responsible for the oil spill. But, this disaster was caused by our society’s reliance on oil. If you really want to help, rely less on oil.
One of the negative aspects of alexandluke.com is that we do consume a lot of oil. If we had the means to convert our car to be more environmentally friendly we would, but the reality is that we don’t. If any eccentric millionaires wish to help us out in this regard, let us know. Until then, we will continue to be purchasing an above-average amount of gasoline. What should we do? What would you do? Let us know what you think by voting, and if you have any strong opinions let us know in the comments below.
I am writing this post from Alabama’s gulf coast. The fingers that typed this message picked up oil balls on the shores of Orange Beach national park this morning. We are looking for ways to help out while we are in the gulf coast, if you have any ideas about what we can do to help in this area let us know in the comments below.