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Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Green in more ways than one.

It's not just trade unions (see last post) that seem to be possessed of more righteous outrage than sense. Greenpeace activists have also been busy apparently setting their cause back, in their case by shutting down BP petrol stations by flipping the emergency switches.
Greenpeace claimed it shut off fuel supplies at around 50 service stations in central London this morning.
"We've shut down all of BP's stations in London to give the new boss a chance to come up with a better plan. They're desperate for us to believe they're going 'beyond petroleum'. Well now's the time to prove it."
Oh, very fucking well done. You should be so fucking proud of yourselves there. I have no interest in and little love for BP and I tend to buy fuel at Caltex or Shell for reasons of both price and convenience.

I find it difficult to believe that nobody at Greenpest is aware that many petrol stations in the UK, perhaps the majority are franchises and so Greenpest's actions will hurt small businesses before Big Oil. Perhaps they do know but just don't care, and frankly I'd find that perfectly believable. I also find it hard to believe that it hasn't occurred to anyone at Greenpest that while it will hurt BP indirectly because those franchises that are not selling BP fuel today will of course be ordering less BP fuel as a result, hurting a company that's got an enormous fucking oil spill to clean up might not be a terribly good idea in the first place. Yes, the amount of money involved compared both to BP's worldwide turnover and the cleanup bill they're facing for the Gulf leak is, if you'll excuse the expression, a drop in the ocean, but for want of a nail and all that. If you cost BP ten grand this week and in turn that meant the company taking an extra day to clean its shit up would it have been worth it? Or would it have been better to encourage them to make more money so they can afford to clean up faster? Again, perhaps this has actually occurred to Greenpest and they just don't care, and again I find that depressingly easy to believe. Gestures are so often more important than effect when it comes to modern environmentalism.

Oh, and on top of everything else I'm not sure the Greenpest bellends can count. I've just looked on BP's website for the number of petrol stations they have in the London area and I counted 33, and that's counting two at London Gatwick Airport where, since it's in the middle of fucking West Sussex, the word London really ought to appear in inverted commas and with a big, fuck off, winking smiley next to it. So either Greenpest managed to shut down more BP stations in London than BP actually have or they hit a few others to make the numbers up and because why not.

And to think I used to give money to these twats.

1 comment:

Captain Ranty said...

Yup. The only guy hurting here is the franchisee.

They earn a penny or two on each litre. At most.

The worst customer in the world (for them) is one that rocks up, fills up, pays up, and fucks off.

What they really need is for him to buy a paper, or a loaf of bread or a packet of fags to bump up the margins.

I have seen dozens of small filling stations go out of business over the last 20 years just in my small corner of Scotchland. It wasn't all poor profits that drove them under but the EU's insistence that they had a fucking great roof over the pumps.

"Standardisation" they called it.

The little guys I used, (and they came out of their offices in all weathers to fill my car up), called it "redundancy" or "thirty fucking years down the drain".


Just like Greenpest.


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