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Greens discuss BP boycott as CEO taken out of firing line

DPA/The Local · 19 Jun 2010, 11:47

Published: 19 Jun 2010 11:47 GMT+02:00

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After BP saved money on safety measure and after months of failure in stopping the leak, the time has come for a different approach, said Winfried Hermann, chairman of the parliamentary transport committee.

“I personally will no longer use any BP products and consider it sensible if consumers show this irresponsible company the red card,” he said.

Tübingen mayor Boris Palmer also supports the idea of a boycott because, he said, “reduced turnover at BP should make other oil multinationals reconsider.”

But the Green party leadership has not joined the calls for a boycott, and environmental groups such as Greenpeace and BUND, have decided against such a move, concentrating instead on encouraging people to reduce their use of oil in general.

The petrol station chain Aral, which has belonged to BP since 2002, has not registered any reduced turnover.

BP announced on Friday evening that chief executive Tony Hayward, who has come in for enormous criticism over his role in handling the leak, will be replaced in leading the operation to Robert Dudley, the company’s managing director of the Americas and Asia.

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BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg told the UK’s Sky News he would also be personally taking a larger role in trying to control damage to the company from the spill and resulting environmental devastation.

“This has now turned into a reputation matter, a financial squeeze for BP, and a political matter, and that is why you will now see more of me,” he said.

DPA/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

14:10 June 19, 2010 by beeker
If BP owns the stations a boycott would work, but if the stations are privately owned as is the situation in the U.S. it doesn't make a difference to BP. Unleaded gasolene is a commodity. If BP refines it and can't sell it through their flagged stations the fuel is sold on the spot market and will be sold by Shell, Q-8, or AGIP, or whoever under their own flag.
16:50 June 19, 2010 by NigelSilke
Unfortunately yes: if the stations are privately owned it only hurts the owner and doesn't make a difference to BP. BP got caught but the oil industry is corrupt and negligent - for example they all have the same Gulf disaster plans that also save walruses ( not seen in the Gulf since 3 million years ) - we should try to use less oil products.
20:51 June 19, 2010 by wood artist
I find it amusing that Carl-Henic Svanberg "suddenly" discovered that this is a "reputation matter." I think the rest of us figured that out nearly two months ago. The problem for the company is that they had a chance to throw everything at it, and regardless of success, they would have appeared responsible. Now, even though they will eventually fix it, they will always look like they didn't care until their reputation was on the line.

He says it's "a financial squeeze" so he's getting involved. See, it's still All About The Money!

14:01 June 21, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
People! This is a tragic event. But there is also a lot of blame with the federal Govt! The Louisiana Governor has been told many times that he cannot do things that will get things cleaned up. And the Federal regulations that were not met that may have had a direct result in what happened. We are living in times where we cannot and must not rely on the MSM! Just like an iceberg, there is much hidden below the surface...
14:23 June 21, 2010 by NYsteve
It truly does my heart good to see "neighbors" from Europe just as concerned as us here in the States about the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the worst eco-disaster in US history and it will take many, many years to put things right...if it ever does get "right". I wish the American citizens and government would look into alternative energy sources as vigorously as our European partners.....we here are VERY behind in these matters.
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