It infuriates me to think that every time I fill up my tank, I’m putting money in the pocket of Saudi oil sheiks who detest my country and consider the United States “the Great Satan.” I’m sure there are some perfectly nice people in Saudi Arabia who are not blind with hate of everything American except greenbacks and the protection we offer them. But enough of them want to see me, my family, my friends and my neighbors riddled with bullets that I detest the thought of putting more cash in Saudi hands.
I always figured it was an unavoidable fact of life that every time I filled my gas tank the money went to the Saudis. But I received an email yesterday that detailed which oil companies do and do not import their products from Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries, and thought I’d do some research to see whether it was accurate.
I was previously unaware that petroleum importers have to disclose to the Department of Energy the source of their products. By searching around on the DOE’s website, I found current information about oil import sources that generally corroborates the email I received. By doing a little background checking on the companies listed, I determined that by shopping for gas at certain stations and boycotting others I can do my part to keep the Persian Gulf oil sheiks from getting any richer.
Following are lists of gas station brand names that do and do not import oil from the Persian Gulf.
Gas station brands that import Persian Gulf oil
Gas station brands that DO NOT import Persian Gulf oil
BP / Amoco
* – Note that while Citgo does not import oil from the Gulf, it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan state oil company. Depending on your political leanings, you may or may not want to support Hugo Chavez and his populist, pro-Cuban government.
It wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit to see Saudi oil sales drop by, say, 100%. While I know that ain’t gonna happen any time soon, I am going to do my part by filling my vehicles at stations in the second list above and encouraging my friends to do the same. I like BP stations anyway – they always seem to be clean and tidy, the gas is good, and they generally have clerks who aren’t complete lunkheads. I’d even stop in to my local Diamond Shamrock and tell them why I’m not going to shop there anymore, but I’m sure Carl (the dimwit behind the counter who can barely make change) wouldn’t comprehend a word I said.
Pass the word to your friends and family! Boycott Saudi oil!