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Debate Score:90
Arguments:54
Total Votes:103
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Should we buy BP gasoline after the oil spill?

Yes

Side Score: 43
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No

Side Score: 47
2 points

Well of course, just because they messed up big time doesn't mean they still might not have the cheapest gas on the block.

Price of gas determines whether or not I buy from Shell, BP, Citgo, Amco, doesn't matter in the same sense that I would buy music I like regardless of what the musician does.

Side: yes
2 points

An oil spill can happen to anyone. No reason to boycott them just for that - it wasn't there fault, now was it?

Side: yes
2 points

It was actually preventable, there was an optional 1 million dollar valve they could have installed that might have prevented the situation.

It is however an unnecessary device that is optional, as the chances against the oil rig exploding are slim to none.

Side: yes
2 points

but that "slim to none" chance did happen. while it is true that it was unexpected the fact remains it happened, and bp, along with everyone else, was unprepared to deal with the crisis in the gulf. we need to slow down the purchase to gas, not to punish bp, but to try to provide time to prepare a plan to a possible second event, or better yet, provide a greener alternative.

Side: No

I couldn't agree more. BP is at no fault. This shouldn't be some childish boycott because of BP accidentally spilled oil into the Gulf that you suddenly started to care about after you heard this scandal on the news.

Side: yes
rockleesgirl(15) Disputed
1 point

There are some people that have and do care, but what do you expect them to do? You can't just delete the use of gasoline and gasoline used cars; the whole economy depends on that, and it'd need to be taken at a slow pace in order so that the whole economy doesnt colaspe.

Now, with the oil spill, the people that have and do care are stepping up, because now here is proof of how bad we are treating the environment. The ocean was getting bad enough as it is! Now look what humans have done. So many animals have died because of this oil spill. it could have been avoided. BP should pay up for what they did. You can't bring back a life once it's gone. Same as you can't bring back an extinct animal once it's gone.

Side: No
2 points

this company has shown that they are not trustworthy enough. they should not be givin a second chance

Side: yes

Truthfully, it doesn't really bother me because man is on a hell path to destroy the Earth. Nobody is perfect, and it is incident of circumstance, and if the closest gasoline station is BP, I will be going there instead of driving to the next closest.

Side: yes
2 points

That's what I said, whoever has the cheapest is how I make my ultimate decision. Not by their actions outside of them selling gas.

Side: yes

We still buy Exxon's gas even after what happened in 1989 don't we. We won't stop buying their gas because the US consumes every bit it gets.

Side: yes
1 point

Exxon and Mobile spill more yearly in Nigeria than BP has leaked into the gulf.Purely political emotional garbage being thrown at BP.I'll buy their stock soon also.

Side: yes
1 point

I don't have that much pride. If I need gas and BP happens to be the nearest station or the cheapest station, I will probably go there (of course, my dad pays for my gas through his company credit card, so not my choice). Also, I'm not so proud that I'll pass a BP knowing that it's the only gas station for 100 miles or something.

Side: yes
1 point

Not buying BP isn't going to magically clean up the problems caused by the oil spill, so there isn't a lot of moral reasoning behind suddenly ceasing purchase of BP gasoline.

Besides, gasoline is gasoline; if it's cheap and gets our vehicles moving then why bother stopping now?

Side: yes
1 point

Yeah that's true.You got a really good point that no matter where we get our oil its not going to stop an oil spill from happening. Only way we can really stop it is if we are a millionaire or have some authority like the President or something. But saying that Barack Obama is doing really well sorting everything out and I bet it's not easy.

Side: yes
1 point

Boycotters of BP gas stations, in my opinion, are thoughtless imbeciles. Boycotts will not hurt BP in the slightest. The only people they’ll hurt is the independently owned BP gas stations.

Side: yes
USPatriot(3) Disputed
2 points

Boycotter's have the American peoples interest at heart Matt. We are standing up against a corrupt and irresponsible corporation, this has nothing to do with independent gas owners. They can certainly buy their gas from someone else. Supply and demand.

Side: No
Hollowman24(6) Disputed
1 point

This is true, but at the same time, it's hard to say that small business owners should be forced to change companies (at their own expense) because hundreds of ill informed but well meaning boycotters stopped buying their fuel. BP's oil is blended with that of other large corporations (i.e. Mobil) and then sold to stations. A Mobil gas station could be selling BP gas, and a BP station could be selling gas that contains almost nothing from BP. It is much more rational to sue the pants off of BP than to boycott them.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, simply because if BP goes under, there will be no one for all the people who have been hurt by them to sue. Their pockets may be deep, but they're not bottomless. If they go bankrupt (it happened to Pan Am, it can happen to BP) the executives and shareholders will divvy up most of it, and the lawyers will go after the rest of it. The people who are hurting the most will get next to nothing.

Side: yes
omgpotatoes(3) Disputed
1 point

If BP goes bankrupt, the government should nationalize their assets and auction them off to pay for clean-up, rehabilitation of the environment, healthcare for those exposed to the toxic dispersants, and compensation to those who have had their livelihoods destroyed.

Side: No
1 point

I think we should. Although they didn't take all of the safety precautions necessary, it's not like they did it on purpose, and it's not like their not trying to stop the flow.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes we should. The oil spill has nothing to do with the people who own local, independent BPs and sell their gas. The spill was because of violated safety codes by workers. Why punish the people who had absolutely nothing to do with this?!

Side: yes
1 point

yes!!! they should. its there fault in the first place we have this disaster

Side: yes
1 point

Yes,of course we should still buy gas from BP. True,they made a minor mistake...well it was actually a major mistake. But how in the hell can we expect them to come up with a liable solution until they have the right amount of money that they need to do so. Think rationally people

Side: yes
1 point

Whatever mistakes they have made, you still need to save money in the financial situation. Wherever their money goes, it isn't your problem. Until it effects you directly, it's not your problem. They may be "destroying" this country but you aren't this country. You are yourself and you need to do what is best for you.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes we shuold buy oil from BP as a matter of fact we should all buy the largest S.U.V´s we possibl can and travel a much as we possibly can everyday. The faster we use it up the faster we can either move onto other sources of energy or we can all buy horses and revert to the 1800´s.

Side: yes
rockleesgirl(15) Disputed
1 point

As much as i'd like that to happen, that would just as more polution to the air...... O.O

Side: No
1 point

Yes,I will still buy BP gasoline if their price is still good enough. But BP should be responsible for his behavior, he should exploit the Oil strictly according to the Instructions. If the spill occurs again within BP oil wells, he is sure to blame and no one would like to buy more from him. Hopefully, he can get a good lesson from the spill.

Side: yes
1 point

It has nothing to do whether should we buy the oil.It just happened and it was an ancident.

Side: yes
1 point

I can only agree on Yes, because it is cheaper in my area, despite how pissed I am at BP. My car runs on their gas very well too.

Side: yes
0 points

Sure, if their gas is cheaper and you're not bothered by what they did.

I'm not.

Side: No
6 points

Truthfully, we should just really stop buying oil, period.

Side: No
Cicero(239) Disputed
2 points

How would we do anything? Our entire society needs oil. If one looks at the tags of most products in the USA one will see made from petroleum based products. Also most of our power is derived from oil. We would lose most of our power if we stopped buying it.

Side: yes
trumpeter93(999) Disputed
1 point

If we stopped buying it, what would happen to our economy, our society? Every major economy in the world that buys oil would suffer. Every economy that relies on oil as income would suffer. Yea.. real smart idea.

Side: yes
MKIced(2483) Disputed
1 point

Well as much as most of America agrees, we need a different source of energy to fuel our cars before we can do this... =/

Side: yes
4 points

In the current political climate, where corporations wield arguably more power than government, how you spend your dollar is almost as important as how you vote. Personally, I do not get gas as BP anymore. I do not support disregard for oil drilling safety.

Side: No
wolfbite(432) Disputed
2 points

Congratulations, in your self-righteous attempt to fight "the man" you are helping to put American workers out of job while at the same time doing nothing to hurt "the man".

Side: yes
MegaDittos(571) Disputed
0 points

Corporations cannot forcably take money from someone nor can they make me buy health care.They cannot stop me from doing things I choose or can they force me to do things i don't want to.

Corporations are one of the most regulated entities and they are regulated by goverment.What power does any corporation have over you?I can name hundreds that the goverment has and probably forget hundreds more.

Side: yes
USPatriot(3) Disputed
3 points

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong it's reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."

Abraham Lincoln

Side: No
1 point

The government will certainty try to force you to buy health care.

Side: No
3 points

Of course not! This corrupt and irresponsible company has destroyed the natural beauty and fragile ecosystem of the gulf. It was certainly preventable (look at the facts) but the company's greed and ungodly power has blindfolded the obvious truth. They made a grave mistake messing with the American people, and this narcissistic company doesn't give a crap.

Side: No
brycer2012(1001) Disputed
2 points

By not buying BP gasoline it will only hurt the middle man. BP gas stations are independently owned by private people. It will not hurt the BP corporation.

Side: yes
USPatriot(3) Disputed
2 points

True, 95% of the BP branded outlets are privately owned I'm not disputing that, and it is a similar case for all oil companies. Also, BPs oil is used as a petroleum base in all sorts of plastics, so were buying and using their goods even if we try to avoid them. But the boycott is more about sending a message to corporations, citizens and most importantly the administration. I guess I just feel powerless to change anything with the oligarchy at hand and feel it is my duty to express my frustration. Im tired of letting corporations walk all over my nation and our planet.

Side: No
MegaDittos(571) Disputed
0 points

Where's the oil, where's the destruction??????

Where's the crisis????

You fell for it hook,line and sinker.

Side: yes
3 points

No, we should not buy BP gasoline. We don't need the oil first of all. And second of all, thanks to BP gasoline, the Gulf of Mexico and parts of America in the south have intoxicated water filled with oil. We can forgive them, we can sue them but they harmed so many poor animals. No, we can forgive, but we can't make believe it never happened.

Side: No
3 points

No, off course not. People and companies needs to see that pollution and destruction of the environment will result in less earnings. Choosing which product to buy is the most powerful tool for ordinary people to use enforcing a better world for those who comes after us.

Side: No
3 points

As BP is a corporation and has to put profits for its shareholders above human life, the environment or any social good, it should be sold off and the funds raised from its sale need to go to supporting the people and the environment of the Gulf.

Have a look at how the Exxon Valdez oil spill has affected communities Alaska.

Corporate entities need to be fixed. Change corporate law NOW!

Stop political donations from corporations, businesses, lobby groups, unions and religious organisations. Place a limit of $1000 per individual.

I find it particularly grating that corporations have all the same rights as an individual but are not subjected to any of the punishments or recriminations. Check out the 1935 legislation that was tabled to give equal rights to indigenous Americans and African Americans - 26 cases for human rights; over 200 cases for corporations to be given and treated as individuals.

Wake up America - there has never been so much disparity between rich and poor!

Side: No
2 points

We should use this (yet another) reminder to stop buying oil and avoid supporting these sleazy companies.

Side: No
2 points

True, individual pumping stations are individually owned, but they still pay licencing fees to BP. I've already seen some BP stations turning into Shell stations. The individual owners won't be destroyed if they dump the BP brand and switch over to a different one. I think that BP will shortly go the way of Union Carbide after the Bhopal disaster; that is, they will go bankrupt and be bought up by one of the other oil giants.

After watching for weeks as the gulf was flooded with oil and toxic dispersants, the thought of buying gas from a BP station is abhorrent to me.

Side: No
2 points

No every one should now start using bicycle for traveling so that pollution will reduce and health will be good, and very less requirement will be of gasoline, and we can stop buying gasoline from BP...

Side: No
2 points

Accidents happen, and companies take measures about them. We will have to see how they fix it before deciding

Side: No
2 points

In the future, we are going to eventually get rid of using oil all together. It causes too many problems, environmental and economical. Look at the damage it's doing to the ocean!! Or how our country is in so much debt due to purchasing from other countries! We have other much more eco friendly resources right at our fingertips! Solar powered, wind powered, water powered; all natural energy with no damaging to the environment.

BP is jus the start. People in the world are greedy. They aren't going to stop at just this. They are just gonna keep going and going untill our oceans are destroyed. Do you really want to encourage the destroyal of our world's ecosystem?

Side: No
1 point

After what BP did to the environment in the Gulf of Mexico? Of course not! BP showed that they don't care about anything but money during that whole ordeal, and the don't deserve my dollar.

Side: No
0 points

No. I hate the harm of those gas stations of Bp. But I refuse to send a single penny to BP. I just hope those owners of Bp gas stations can and will sell them back to those limey scum bags.

Side: No