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How to React to the BP Oil Spill (Ride Solutions, June 17,2010)

Also discussed here: boycotting BP? (The Adventures of Ernie Bufflo, June 16, 2010)

and here:  Boycott BP! Because it\’s so much better to give your money to Exxon. (Newsweek, June 7, 2010)

As today’s article states, while many express anger at BP for its “spill” (which is a curious minimalist word for the worst environmental disaster in the history of the USA) or even advocate a boycott of BP, few seem to take the personal action needed to affect the fundamental cause of the spill- and this to stop or reduce one’s own driving and, as a result, the need to drill for or import oil- and, incidentally, play a part in making cities less polluted and mitigate global climate change. (apologies for the longest sentence used on this blog ever, but we do need to connect the dots!). Secondly, shop, think and act locally- encourage urban agriculture and local farmers markets.

Key Quotes:

“If you don’t give your money to BP, who are you going to give it to? Exxon, who dumped a bunch of oil on Alaska during the Valdez oil spill and still hasn’t finished paying for all the damages?”

“40% of the US’s oil imports come from Nigeria, where more oil is spilled by the likes of Shell and ExxonMobil every year than has been spilled at BP’s Deepwater Horizon”

Oil Primer- where it comes from, where it goes

Drive less:.. The more you can stay off the road, or replace oil-powered trips with human-powered ones, the more real impact you have on reducing our dependence on oil.”

“According to the Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey, 25 percent of all trips are made within a mile of the home, 40 percent of all trips are within two miles of the home, and 50 percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work. Yet more than 82 percent of trips five miles or less are made by personal motor vehicle.”

Go Local: .. The  energy required to get goods from one side of the country to another is incredible and a significant component of the country’s transportation fuel consumption…Bicycling to the local farmer’s market and filling your basket with fruits and veggies is a double-punch to BP’s gut; neither you nor the food you’re buying took much oil to get to the market.”

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