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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Pearl Jam Urges BP Boycott

Always ahead of their time, Pearl Jam sang in 2007 to boycott BP, who was at the time, dumping in Lake Michigan.

Boycott BP on Facebook campaign nearly a half million strong...

Just "Look At Mother Nature On The Run In The 21st Century". Great to see so many comments on the unfolding catastrophe.

got to get back to the garden...

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At 6/09/2010 04:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've just about given up my car. Only use for long trips and major errands. trying to ride bike and walk whenever i can.

breaking the oil addiction one day at a time

Sarah in the city

At 6/09/2010 04:33:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BP has bought terms such as "oil spill" from search engine providers including Google to help direct Internet users to its website in an attempt at propaganda.

So, let’s help them out. Do a search on for oil spill and click on those paid BP links. It costs BP about $1.00 per click. That's $'s away from their PR BS.

Jerome Greene

At 6/09/2010 07:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry folks but blaming BP is missing the point. The federal government has failed miserably in every sense of the word. We as a nation are addicted to oil ... its like the subprime crisis ... easy for the politicians to point the finger, Obama is good at that, but almost everyone is guilty ... and the government most of all for being asleep at the switch and not policing the oil industry, the airline industry, the financial industry, the mortgage industry ... but our politicians are all IDIOTS ... they will now over-regulate in the wrong way, they will make our country less competitive, they will cause us to lose more jobs, they will blame, blame, blame to save their own skin... I wish there was a reset button where we could purge the government from Obama, to the senate, congress, democrats and republicans alike ... our government has failed us big time ... think airport security .. their response to the shoe bomber and 9/11 is singling out granny for a pat down and two hour security lines while the obvious terrorist walks on the plane ... they're taking away baby bottles from young mothers and allowing bomb material to get on plane, and meanwhile take a look at your next airline bill and see that the airport tax is tens if not hundreds of dollars ... for what? to keep these fat cat politicians in business so they can take free trips to europe, and then lecture us and grandstand ... its pitiful, this BP thing is infuriating .. they have allowed the largest natural on US soil , the regulators weren't doing their job, and the federal government and obama is more worried about how it will affect his ratings then actually doing anything ... the republicans just want to blame the democrats ... its really, really sad.

And you know who loses? Ordinary People are the losers, fisherman, boaters, rig workers, all these folks in the gulf states who have families to feed ... and the politicians just decide to put a moritorium on drilling until another incompetent committee can discover after 6 months and millions of tax payer dollars are spent that the reason this happened was because the agency overseeing deep sea drilling wasn't doing their job, but you can be sure those same lame workers who were asleep at the switch will receive full pension and health benefits from the age of 55 to 80+ while you and I toil to earn a dime and pay for the taxes to support them ... sad, sad, sad ...

throw the bums out and don't let them point the blame away

At 6/10/2010 09:58:00 AM, Blogger Matthew Lintzenich said...

Anon, while we're throwin' the bums out, we should certainly be jailing certain COOs and CEOs of BP. Their equipment and refusal to adhere to safety guidelines caused all that death and destruction, and look how they're behaving about it. Like spoiled children. Typical capitalist arrogance.

I don't disagree that we are peripherally to blame for everything oil-related (including war, and now, oil spills) due to our oil-addiction, or that the federal government is indeed a failure of the highest magnitude, I can't agree with the deflection of blame.

BP is to blame for this mess, and they deserve to go down in flames, and their executives deserve to be jailed. That's my opinion, anyway.

At 6/10/2010 10:02:00 AM, Blogger Matthew Lintzenich said...

The thing is, yeah, we need regulators to do their jobs, but we also need companies to step up and do their jobs as well. That is provide a service, and protect the health and well-being of both their workers and the people, and the environment. Excercise conscientious operations. Of course, this won't happen as long as the only motive is profit, and the MO of profit-amassing is to deny the dangerous implications and effects of their actions.

You know, there are huge oil plumes floating around under the surface of the water that have been observed by scientists, and BP officials are denying that they even exist.

Like little children lying to parents.

Blame goes all-around, but BP certainly deserves the bulk of it.

At 6/10/2010 11:02:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a vampire baby, sucking blood from the earth...Got the vampire blues. Badly.

At 6/10/2010 11:35:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Their equipment and refusal to adhere to safety guidelines caused all that death and destruction, and look how they're behaving about it".

Just some facts:- Transocean (US owned Swiss registered) & Halliburton (US) were the companies actually drilling and sub-contracted by BP. BP were NOT drilling.

At 6/10/2010 04:23:00 PM, Anonymous Fuzz said...

Fair enough getting into the oil companies but people need to be consistent. I love Eddie vedder as an artist but I have a DVD by the who where Eddie appears. Roger Daltry clearly says that Eddie has flown over for the show especially and is goign straight back again. Not very green is it. All these artists are the same. Would like to know the carbon foot print of a pearl jam tour. I would like to see what the out come would have been had it been an american company? Any deffierent? I think so!

At 6/11/2010 01:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please read and share!

The BP Disaster Marks the End of the Age of Arrogance About the Environment ... Can We Change?
This spill will mark the time we started to learn about ecocide; a turning point in our realization that our industrial, carbon-dependent way of life cannot last.

Roscoe V

At 6/13/2010 07:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm, I believe BP contributed MORE to Dear "Hope and Change" Leader than they did to Bush. Let's send Obama back to Chicago where he belongs. Where's the energy policy he promised?

At 6/13/2010 11:47:00 PM, Anonymous horsewifnoname said...

One Question:
If we boycott BP out of business, how are we going to make them pay for this mess?
just wonderin'

At 6/14/2010 09:28:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure that Obama's energy policy has much to do with stopping a blowout?

That's what the boycott is about forcing BP to shut it down. BP doesn't know what it's doing and is more worried about capturing lost oil than shutting flow.

Oh yeah, and BP has billions of $. They've got plenty of $ to handle this. The boycott will onlk\y eat into their obscene profits. What's your idea? Are you saying you support BP?

If so, you're either crazy or a paid BP troll.

At 6/14/2010 09:41:00 AM, Blogger Matthew Lintzenich said...

"Just some facts:- Transocean (US owned Swiss registered) & Halliburton (US) were the companies actually drilling and sub-contracted by BP. BP were NOT drilling."

Implicating Transocean and Halliburton (who's already swimming in the blood spilled in our illegal wars) does NOT remove the blame from BP.

BP was in charge. They were the ones calling the shots - whether Transocean and Halliburton were involved doesn't make BP not responsible - it only means there are more egotistical, evil corporate CEOs to arrest and prosecute for crimes against humanity than simply BP.

Bring them all down. These companies are too enormous and too powerful, and need to be broken up, torn down, dissolved.

To answer the "If we boycott BP into shutting down operations, how will they pay for the damages?"

The answer is that we can seize the assets of the highest executives of the company, sell them off, take all their money and use THAT to pay for the damage if it comes down to it.

There are extremely wealthy PEOPLE at the tops of these companies who share personal responsibility for this mess.

At 6/14/2010 10:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BP brands to boycott include Castrol, Arco, Aral, am/pm, Amoco, Wild Bean Cafe and, Safeway gas.


At 6/14/2010 12:31:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only thing oil comoanies care about is MONEY!

It seems that the way to impact these large energy corporations is to accomplish things that reduce there stock value. This would include boycotts as well as other avenues, but stock price is what makes the company strong or weak. Look at what is happening to BP as their shares fall.

The boycott is working. BP stock is dropping like a rock.

When someone talks about the poor pensioners, think about the fisherman, the fish, the birds, our children';s children.

The boycott is morally right & justified. Vote with your wallet. It's the only vote that matters to these mf'rs.


At 6/15/2010 12:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes BP is feeling a little pain thanks to a tanking stock price and the billions spent to plug the hole. But the ONLY reason they are feeling any pain at all is because the media has been on this story as much as possible, despite BP controlling local authorities and blocking media access to PUBLIC beaches. The point of the boycott isn't to hurt BP's bottom line. When you factor in speculation, government contracts, tax loopholes, and a host of other curve-shifting phenomena in the oil markets, a small drop off in retail demand does very little. (On a side note, free marketeers who think the simple Darwinian forces of supply and demand solve everything are living in a 19th century dreamworld. No, today the name of the game is privatized gains and socialized losses.)

The point of the boycott is to keep the bad news coming for BP because THAT brings the stock price down. Unfortunately, thanks to years of Republican efforts to turn this country into a plutocracy by drowning government in the bathtub and stealing tax payer dollars for their friends, hurting BP's stock price is one of the few remaining powers we the people have to get our voices heard.



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