Yolo Progressive Democrats of America will sponsor an EXPRESS YOUR OUTRAGE demonstration on Thursday, July 8 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in front of the Arco station at Russell and Anderson. Arco/ampm are brand names for BP in western states. We will have signs expressing outrage at 1) the human and environmental costs of oil profits 2) lack of government regulation of industry and 3) our own excessive use of fossil fuels. Participants are encouraged to write their own messages on signs. This gas station and the Davis Police Department have been notified of this event. Obstruction of pedestrian or vehicular traffic and physical interference with business are prohibited.
A boycott of Arco gasoline will have limited economic impact on BP. The majority of BP’s profits derive from the sale of natural gas and massive Department of Defense contracts. Unfortunately, we cannot easily withdraw our patronization of BP via utility companies and the government.
The Arco station at Russell and Anderson is independently owned; by franchise, it only sells BP gasoline. Two thirds of its profit is from purchases at the convenience store from customers drawn in to buy gasoline. A boycott of this station will impact this local business more than BP (discussion with store manager).
While we appreciate and need our local merchants, the modus operandi of Arco uses gasoline to attract customers for tobacco and junk food sales which, in turn, generate medical costs. Our support should go to businesses that contribute to the health of our environment and citizens.
The Arco demonstration provides an opportunity for a public expression of our concerns at a site of direct contact with BP. Our goal is to highlight the horrendous lesson of BP: changes in industry, government regulation and our lifestyles are urgently needed.
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