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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
Diamond Shamrock

Gas station brands that DO NOT import Persian Gulf oil
BP / Amoco
Citgo *

* – 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!

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About Taloran

  • Master Dick

    Ok, so now that we have cleared up the silliness of boycot of “Saudi Oil”, we have a move to boycot “Chavez Oil (Citgo)”?
    If you are trying to make a difference, go out and seduce Venezuelan and/or Arab women (personally i think the Arab women are incredible…especially in the sack, but whatever). Give her pleasure that these chauvenistic/mistreating, Italiano-wanna-be idiots (the men from these backgrounds) could never provide. They will forever be turned off at the idea of EVER going back to type of men they have been around their whole lives.
    THAT, my friends, is how you make a personal stand…not your silly gasoline strikes.

  • Mario

    The Saudi people have no regards over women at all.
    Their islamic laws are soo out of this world. The idiots that condemn women that were raped should be hang in front of their own mamas.
    Women of islamic idiots, low life,COWARDS, should get together and chande their own history, because they have no past,present and futur. And stop this non sens religion.
    I cannot stand any islamic men.They make me sick sick sick.They beat woman.Cowards.
    I am not racist. Islamic men are human and any human who treat an another human being wrongfully should be punish. And they should not be released upon exchanging a cow for there freedom.
    Boycott Saudi !!
    Islamic = Cowardness.

    Mario, Quebec, Canada.

  • veggie oil guy

    Want tohurt oil producers???? Buy a diesel vehicle use american vegetable oil, keep our money at home.

  • Conoco & Citgo buy oil from the Persian Gulf: DOE

    BP / Amoco buys oil from the Persian Gulf: BP

    For more information visit terror free oil

  • It appears that there is a site that appears to refute your findings:

    Terror-Free Oil Initiative

    Can you shed any light on this?? I will be posting this page on my blog along with yours and I need some clarification… Thank you…

  • I used some of the info contained in your post on my blog article TexasFred’s » The CITGO Boycott Grows… but I made reference to you and linked back… Great post folks, keep up the good work and PLEASE Boycott Citgo

  • rakan

    im a young saudi man, and after reading some of the comments on here im quite disappointed. taloran, you make the dangerous generalization that saudis are evil, and you fall prey to the stereotypical notion of an oil sheikdom that pumps oil out. the picture is not as black and white as youd like to think. the US government is supposed to be the leading image of freedom and democracy in this world, and as such, should not be supporting oppressive and tyrannical regimes. yet, as this is supposed to be the case, go to washington dc, and find out which embassy is the largest, most lavish, and which diplomats get the presidential treatment, ill give you a hint, the ambassador is a prince. furthermore, it is insulting for you to assume that people here do not like the west, people and their governments dont always match (think Bush, Cuba, Venez, and god knows how many other countries). the people of saudi, the majority of them, love the west, the world and are normal humans trying to survive and make a decent living. we dont want to conquer the world, we dont wish harm on anyone, that is absurd. we want to develop along with the rest of the world but we also will not throw away our heritage, culture, and traditions because of the demands of other nations. the key word is working together, not agitating each other and creating problems. fundamentalists have no place in this world today, ad we must not let them shape our thinking and how we perceive each other.

  • hilal

    Before we talk about why Saudis or all muslims reacttion was very stron we have to ask the following question first: Why to publish things that might creat problems between nations? we must realise that no part can live without the other part so need to search for +ve things that make us closer to each other. All muslims love the prophet Mohammed (PBUH) more than their soles and family members. so why to make cartoons about asuch sensetive issue. Muslims forbid any depicting of any prophet including Jeses and moses. Last comment. The idea of boycotting the Saudi oil is realy funy and does not reflect wise thinking. Lets start sepecting muslims and draw solders out of their countries (such as palastine and Iraq), then they will respect the West governments

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  • The Duke

    That little email has probably seen, is a lie.

    Anyone ever work around the oil industry. It’s amazing how many different brand of trucks roll out of refinaries and other distribution points. Every brand you can think of. There is no exlusivity in the oil biz. Oil is Oil and make gas and is blended and sold in lots.

    BP, Exxon, Sheetz, Citgo, Hess, Crown, RaceTrack, Shell…. they all buy there stock from the lowest bidder or refinary that is close and cheap to transport from (FOB). Come on, that’s basic business 101.

    I’ve seen it with my own to eyeballs.

  • Wild Bill

    Practical Joe is the only sensible poster on this blog because he isn\’t using his emotions to view the free market system and doing business with the Saudis. Perhaps more of you need to think more with your heads than your hearts. The heart always lies. Boycotts also never work, only achieving short term symbolic results that leftists seem to place a lot of stock in. Leftists aren\’t as concerned with concrete results as long as they give off the appearance of doing something, no matter how trivial.

    I would suggest to Taloran to grow a pair of brass ones and ride that motorbike to work. What is life without taking some personal risks?

    It\’s also not a question of using less oil, it\’s a question of finding more of it. There\’s plenty still under the ground and under the sea beds, we just have to relax these anti-capitalist and tree hugger friendly environmental regs and get it.

  • Taloran, you’re absolutely right. I believe it actually costs the Saudis about $3 to $5 dollars a barrel to go through the whole process, and yet what are they charging us? Oil was $30 per barrel and now it is $60+ and rising?

    We need cars running on solar, electric, hydro and whatever other kinds of power and we need them NOW. Until them, I’m buying gas from the stations on your second list!

  • practical joe

    That shows how bad it was.

  • Taloran

    re comment 45 from practical joe –
    And if I don’t buy from the Saudis, the money will go to some collective “oil producing country revenue sharing system”, so some of my dollars will go to them anyway? And if through some unexplainable tweak of fate, ninety million people act on this proposal and go to stations in the second rather than the first list, it will either do nothing or cause the collapse of humanity? And I have no right to even think of driving past a Mobil station to purchase my gas at BP, much less the right to suggest others do the same? And my original post is full of misinformation, but it’s up to us to guess what that misinformation is? And you’ve made 18 comments in the last twelve hours thus far on this worthless conversation about a worthless idea and worthless argument?

  • thanks for the high praise in your comparison…would that i could live up to such…

    and yes..of course i completely support not only how you spend your cash..but your right to talk to others and explain your view in doing so

    i’m a big on for the rights of the Individual, as i think that is the true basis for our Republic as intended by our Founders via the social contract of the Constitution

    that being said..i always advocate utilizing not only your individual voice but your cash in the course of expressing your own viewpoint

    hope that helps


  • practical joe

    I’ll say it one more time:

    (not that all will comprehend it)

    “We buy – they sell – applies to oil –not to children or orher ridiculous claims…

  • oh i “got” it..

    i just don’t find your obsessive use of mirror bastardization of other peoples comments in the least bit amusing or edifying

    it adds nothing to the intercourse of Ideas

    yet you seem to enjoy rhetorical masturbation so much more…so i will just leave you to it


  • Taloran

    Thank you Gonzo. You sound a bit like ol’ Mr. Henry (Patrick, that is).

    You’ve given no indication of whether or not you agree with my stand on this issue, you’ve simply explained your take on it from an objective viewpoint. To paraphrase you, as a consumer, I have a right to decide where I spend my cash. If I decide to buy BP rather than Exxon, so be it.

    May I presume that you also think it is my right to encourage others to make the same choice with their dollars, being in the land of free speech and all?

    Whether or not you agree with my decision to buy non-Saudi oil, it appears you support my right to make that decision, and my right to suggest others do the same. Am I correct?

    practical joe seems to think I’m wrong to make this decision for myself, and dead wrong to suggest others do the same. Alternately, he says that doing so will make no difference as the money for my fungible petrol all goes to the vast collective oil market (comment 19 – sounds kind of like the NFL revenue sharing process) and it spells doom for humanity (comment 22). He has stated that the original post is full of misinformation (comment 14), but declined to answer what precisely in the post is inaccurate when questioned for specifics (comment 20). He has stated “We buy — they sell. That’s the way it’s supposed to work in this world” but brushed off the obvious correlation made on the same subject by JR, “That would seem to justify slavery, child prostitution and murder for hire” as nonsensical, when it made perfect sense (if you go with the “We buy – they sell – it’s natural” philosophy, that justifies purchasing child prostitutes and murder for hire). practical joe doesn’t seem to be keeping to a logical, cohesive line of reasoning in his arguments on this topic.

  • practical joe

    I didn’t think you would get it.

  • you are welcome…

    unfortunately…the point of the matter appears to be entirely lost on you…


  • practical joe

    Thank you professor gonzo for your treatise on economics and the free market.

    I agree that it was not concerned with such, instead, it was concerned with the right of the individual and business entities including to make whatever it was concerned with including to make whatever proclivity to place trust to get others to follow in the ethical judgment of the corporate entities involved and it was not concerned with such to spend their cash how they choose, or to correct…via their own spending habits whatever they could to make up the difference, to spend their cash or to impact the right of the individual and their ability that they would just buy and how they choose whatever they could to make up the difference then it would be up to the individual since there is no thought of needed supplies but if, let us say, BP’s suppliers do not own any American gas stations the only exception there would be for whatever reasons to instead, make statements they wish to and if the Saudi’s own supply runs low and ran lower than the demand placed on them, I am certain they would buy the country of Venezuela and not depend on the Russian suppliers whom they dislike that I am aware of. My main point is that individuals like the Russians have to decide if they should stop buying BP…and so on, to say differently goes against the basis of capitalism.

  • correct…and it was not concerned with such..instead, it was concerned with the right of the Individual to spend their cash how they choose…including to make whatever statements they wish, or to impact those business Entities they like/dislike via their own spending habits and their ability to get others to follow suit

    since i have no proclivity to place trust in the ethical judgement of the corporate entities involved, it is my own thought that they would just buy needed supplies form the Saudi’s if their own supply runs low…the only exception there would be Venezuela and the Russian suppliers(the Russians do not own any american gas stations that i am aware of)

    but if, let us say, BP’s supplies ran lower than the demand placed on them, i am certani they woudl buy whatever they could to make up the difference

    then it woudl be up to the Individual to deide if they should stop buying BP…and so on

    my main point is that an Individual can spend their money as they like, for whatever reasons they desire…to say differently goes against the basis of Capitalism

    one of my main dislikes for “supply side” economic theory and practices stems from the thought that it is all about the “supply”(businesses) and it forgets about the “demand”(consumers)…this leads to poor economic practices as well as the sociological ramifications inherent in an unbalanced equation relating to human beings and the totality of the environment in which they live


  • practical joe

    “if very few do it, then there is no tangible result..if many do it, than the business Entity targetted has tyhe choice of either changing the offending policy or seeking revenue elsewhere.”

    This says nothing coherent about the effectiveness of hurting Saudi Arabia by boycotting certain gas stations.

  • here’s some “cents” for you

    is not deciding where and how as well as on what to spend your money a key cornerstone in the entire concept of free market capitalism?

    if someone does not like a corporation/vendor/merchant/supplier for whatever Reason..they are well within their rights as a consumer to buy or not buy their products

    if very few do it, then there is no tangible result..if many do it, than the business Entity targetted has tyhe choice of either changing the offending policy or seeking revenue elsewhere.

    another options is, of course, advertising/marketing to change the minds of the consumers not buying their product as well as seeking out new market share

    anyone have an argument so far?

    ok..so then, to try and tell a consumer what to do or not to do with their money as far as their spending habits is either marketing/sales bullshit or advocating against free market capitalism and it’s built in systems of checks and balances

    the political/belief systems that do this are
    socialism – the state owns some businesses and allows no competition in those areas
    communism – the state owns all businesses and allows NO competition at all
    fascism – the corporations ARE the state and allow no external competitive factors

    so..since some do not like the original Post’s idea of using their personal purchasing power to express their ideology and preferences…i would wonder which of the preceeding categories they would prefer?

    food for Thought, eh?


  • practical joe

    We buy — they sell.

    That’s the way it’s supposed to work in this world.

    “That would seem to justify slavery, child prostitution and murder for hire.”

    That statement is clearly bereft of common sense.

    Have any more nonsense?

  • practical joe

    I take that last comment as an indication that you have no better argument.

    It also appears to be a personal attack on me.

    Is that the best you can do?

  • JR

    practical joe: We buy — they sell.

    That’s the way it’s supposed to work in this world.

    That would seem to justify slavery, child prostitution and murder for hire.

    Suffice to say, I disagree with you.

    I’ve been buying Citgo and BP/Amoco almost exclusively for the last three years, as much for environmental reasons as political. I believe at least attempting to boycott the Saudis is a worthy idea – boycotts are perfectly legitimate political expression for those of us guided by broader principles and they are particularly necessary when governments (and some people) respond only to the profit motive. I very much doubt that boycotting one misogynistic kleptocracy will make all the difference in preserving the world economy. But if that is the case, I don’t think said economy can or should be preserved anyway.

    Besides, you sound so desperate for reasons to buy Saudi oil, I’m starting to think the Saudis are paying you.

  • practical joe

    “let the Saudis know that they’re next in the gunsights.”

    Believing that would reduce the price of oil is definitely mental masturbation.

  • Taloran

    Sorry… inflection doesn’t carry well in quickly written comments. I should have italicized idea in my comment 26.

    Armus writes “if you REALLY want to hurt the Saudis? Support the US efforts in Iraq to crush Wahabi Islamism, and let the Saudis know that they’re next in the gunsights.” They are? Bush would be interested to know that – I think he missed it. What is your source of information for this statement? Can you please link it? Or are you just publicly masturbating, as you said so eloquently in the immediately preceding sentence?

  • practical joe

    “And if you REALLY want to bring about a stable Middle East oil supply, then deal with the countries on a rational, business-like basis.

    And if you don’t — expect another quarter century with economic disruption as bad as or worse than, the last quarter of the 20th century, and now continuing into the recent five years.

    Rational, business-like means:

    We buy — they sell.

    That’s the way it’s supposed to work in this world.

    But Washington has a penchant for confronting their politics.

    The solution:

    Buy their oil…

    And get our white ass out of their face.

  • Armus

    “Fungible” means “interchangeable.”

    If, magically, no one buys gas from gas companies selling Saudi oil, the price of Saudi oil will drop.

    For about 5 minutes.

    And then the rest of the world, or at least that huge part of it that neither cares about smug self-righteous Americans’ pet theories nor can afford to pay top prices for fuel, will buy Saudi oil by the tankerful, and the “good” non-Saudi oil producers will lose their business.

    Practical Joe is 100% correct: if you want to hurt the Saudis, STOP USING SO DAMN MUCH OIL.

    Anything less is just public masturbation.

    And if you REALLY want to hurt the Saudis? Support the US efforts in Iraq to crush Wahabi Islamism, and let the Saudis know that they’re next in the gunsights.

  • problem

    I have no idea what fungible means, and it seems pretty important to the conversation. I am going to look it up now, however – I am quite positive I am not the only one missing that word.

  • practical joe

    BTW — this idiotic idea is being sent around via e-mail.

    So you make take solace in the knowledge that you are not the only one who believes in this idiotic notion.

  • practical joe

    Perhaps idiotic is a better description.

  • Taloran

    “Suppose this fruitcake idea takes hold and nobody buys Saudi oil.”

    Never in my wildest imaginings did I think that anyone would consider that a post on Blogcritics could ruin the economy of the United States and the world. Let me apologize right now, in case the world as we know it comes to an end as a result of this post.

    And he calls the idea “fruitcake?”

  • practical joe

    Most likely — absolutely nothing — but if taken seriously — destroy our economy.

    If this is all a joke — it should be in the joke section.

  • JR

    Practical joe, I think you need to decide whether this boycott will do absolutely nothing or destroy the world.

  • practical joe


    “The Shah of Iran not be returned to Iran”.

  • practical joe

    “practical joe, if I walk into a store to make a purchase, and decide that the staff or the service at that store is consistently poor for one reason or another, I don’t go back.“

    Now consider this.

    Suppose this fruitcake idea takes hold and nobody buys Saudi oil.

    That would reduce the world supply of oil enough to severely disrupt our economy.

    It would be worse than the 1973 oil embargo disaster which Richard Nixon’s foreign policy managed to bring down upon this country.

    Recall that the economy of this country went into a deep freeze for about ten years.

    And when it started to come out, Jimmy Carter’s insistence that the Shah of Iran not be returned to Iraq for trial (sort of like what we are doing to Saddam), resulted in another pissing contest with an oil supplier which sent oil prices soaring again.

    And now that we have invaded Iraq and “taken over” its oil fields — what has happened to the price of oil?

    This shows what happens when our Middle East policies screw around with our oil supply.

    Before 1973, we paid 29 cents a gallon for gasoline.

  • Not all of us have access to BP stations, Taloran. Most gas stations get oil from refineries which buy whatever is easily available on the market, regardless of where it comes from.


  • Taloran

    practical joe, you’ve taken me somewhat out of context in your comment 14. If you read what I wrote just before what you quoted, I said “If a few people, or a few thousand people, or a few ten thousands of people… I’m certain that Venezuela, Canada, and the North Sea can meet increased demand.”

    Can you please inform me what misinformation is in the post? Perhaps the lists of gas stations brands? The DOE’s statistics that I linked to? My statement about some Saudis hating America? Citgo being owned by the Venezuelan state oil company? BP stations generally being clean and tidy? Since you are evidently a font of infinite wisdom, please enlighten me. I would be more than happy to change or make an addendum to the original post if anything is factually inaccurate therein.

  • practical joe

    “Perhaps this behavior is worthless… If my gas money can either go to the Saudis or not, it won’t go to the Saudis.”

    Your money will go into the oil market — which includes whatever oil the Saudis produce.

    Oil is fungible.

    Can you say — F-U-N-G-I-B-L-E?

  • Taloran

    Dave, if BP imports no Saudi oil, and I buy my gas at a BP station, it stands to reason that I’m not buying Saudi oil. That is how I plan to identify it.

  • Taloran

    practical joe, if I walk into a store to make a purchase, and decide that the staff or the service at that store is consistently poor for one reason or another, I don’t go back. If I find the wait staff at a restaurant unpleasant or surly, or the establishment less than hygienic, I similarly don’t return. I rarely call the manager or owner of the store and complain about the situation, I simply take my business elsewhere.

    Perhaps this behavior is worthless, or you find it worthless. But if I have a choice of two places to spend my money, I’ll go to the one I prefer, not the one I dislike. If my gas money can either go to the Saudis or not, it won’t go to the Saudis.

  • practical joe

    Isn’t Saudi oil colored “evil”?

  • To the consumer oil is oil. How exactly do you plan to identify the evil Saudi oil so you can avoid it?


  • practical joe

    This post has so much misinformation.

    It is truly amazing how anyone could be taken in by an e-mail that is such an obvious joke.

    “I’m certain that Venezuela, Canada, and the North Sea can meet increased demand.”

    Certain? — that these oil producers would pump more to keep the price of oil down?

    If so, why haven’t they pumped more by now to keep the price down?

    What would make any rational person believe that if the Saudis pumped less oil, other oil producers would say, “let’s pump more oil to keep the price of oil down and therefore, our income down”?

    I can’t think of any country or business that would do this.

    Oh — one exception — the Saudis have done it in the past.

    Let’s pay them back now by pissing them off with nonsensical drivel.

  • JR

    Practical = defeatist?

  • practical joe

    “If someone out there like me who finds the thought of sending their money to Saudi oil sheiks unpalatable reads this little, unimportant, not-world-changing post and learns that shopping at BP keeps his money out of their hands, I’ll be happy.”

    Key words — “little, unimportant, not-world-changing…” i.e., worthless…

    If worthless gestures make you happy, go stand in front of the Saudi Embassy and stick your tongue out at them.

  • Taloran

    Al, it’s the same sort of satifaction I would get from keying a car with Saudi diplomatic plates, if I were the kind of person who did that sort of thing. Or supergluing a nickel to all the door locks.

    Yes, I could walk or bike the 26 miles to work, but it would take me a heck of a long time to build up that sort of stamina, and I’d stink all day. I could take public transport if I didn’t live in Denver, where a commute by bus would take approximately three hours each way (I tried it). I did buy a motorcycle specifically to cut down on my fuel consumption, but I later found that I’m afraid to ride it in the city with all the nutcases on the road, so it doesn’t get used much.

    So I’ll just have to take my little bit of satisfaction where I can find it, whether you understand it or not.

  • But Taloran, I don’t see why you’d get any satisfaction at all out of such a gesture if it will not in fact make one iota of difference in the income of Sauds.

    Now, you COULD walk to work or take mass transit. THAT would actually decrease demand, and work to reduce oil prices and the income and influence of all those Middle East oil producers.

    That, however, would actually require some effort and sacrifice that very few would actually be willing to bear. Buying your gas at this station instead of that one is easy, and means absolutely nothing. When you come back telling me that you’ve started riding a bicycle to work every day instead of driving, then I’ll figure you’re serious about this.

  • Taloran

    Al Barger, you seem to have misunderstood me. The reason I wrote this post is to inform people that they can have some personal satisfaction if they shop at stores in the second list, not to change the worldwide flow of oil or bring about the financial ruin of the Saud family.

  • Taloran

    Maurice, Motiva Enterprises is a Shell subsidiary that imports 78% of its product from the Gulf. I looked them up because I was unfamiliar with the name. That’s why I put Shell in the first list.

  • Taloran

    practical joe –
    I can only presume that my recommendation to boycott Saudi oil won’t instantaneously reach everyone in the country and lead to an immediate cessation of the flow of Saudi oil. If my presumption is correct, I don’t think your dire predictions are likely to come to pass, at least in the near future.

    According to the DOE page linked above, 22% of US oil imports come from the Persian Gulf at this time. How much this varies is beyond my knowledge, and I don’t feel like looking it up.

    If a few people, or a few thousand people, or a few ten thousands of people read this post or the email that prompted it, and decide that they prefer their money not to go to the Saudis, I’m certain that Venezuela, Canada, and the North Sea can meet increased demand. If said folks make similar posts on other websites and convince their friends and family to boycott Saudi oil, resulting in a few more tens of thousands of people boycotting Saudi oil, other oil-producing nations can handle it. If it snowballs further and drives Saudi imports down to the 10% range, BP, Citgo and Sinclair will happily boost production.

    I’m reasonable enough to realize that this post on Blogcritics is extremely unlikely to have any effect whatsoever on the world flow of oil. The Saudis certainly won’t miss my $50 a week.

    I for one will shop at non-Saudi-importing gas stations from now on. What you do is of course your business. If someone out there like me who finds the thought of sending their money to Saudi oil sheiks unpalatable reads this little, unimportant, not-world-changing post and learns that shopping at BP keeps his money out of their hands, I’ll be happy.

  • Maurice

    I am all for this! I am confused by the link. Your info above says Shell imports from the Persian Gulf. The link says it does not.

    As long as we get it right I can’t imagine anyone wanting to buy gas from the ‘bad’ suppliers.

  • I share your dislike of the Saud family, but this is a worthless gesture entirely. Oil sells in a very fluid market. Your and my use of petrol will ultimately reflect in market price the same no matter what point of entry we use to buy it.

    If you really want to do something, come up with ways to actually use less. Not filling up the tank, and thus not contributing to the demand is the absolutely ONLY thing that’s really going to have such an effect.

  • Does not having a car boost oil prices too?

  • practical joe

    Now children —

    After gas station brands that DO NOT import Persian Gulf oil get a lot more business than expected, will they will run out of gasoline?


    And when that happens, will their prices increase along with their long lines?


    And will these stations then buy gasoline from wherever they can get it?


    And will that make other suppliers happy because they will get even higher prices?


    Will that make the Saudis (or any other producers) happy to see prices go even higher?


    Any more questions?

  • practical joe

    Ignorance abounds!

    Oil is fungible.

  • I’ve gone a step further, Taloran. I got rid of my car altogether!