BP Credit and Credibility

August 21, 2007 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

Posted by Joseph Hershey:

BP credit card application

A “pre-approved” credit application in the mail from BP.

I got this in the mail today, and I thought, “Oh, another way to pay higher interest on a card I don’t need. ”

And then I thought, “Hey, aren’t these the guys dumping above level mercury, ammonia, and silt in my back yard? (lake michigan)”.

Uh huh, they are.

Well, how does this match up with their active media marketing campaign to come across as an environmentally conscious energy company?

I don’t know.

Have a look at their site for their comment on their relationship to the Environment and Society.

I find it all very interesting to see how a major corporation, one of the world’s largest oil, gas and petrochemical companies with operations in over 100 countries, can say they’re for the environment, but then take actions against the environment like dumping excessive levels of mercury and other “suspended solids” into one our greatest resources for fresh water.

So here’s my question: Doesn’t BP lose credibility as an environment conscious corporation when it dumps above level pollution into my lakes?

And even better, if they lose on the eco credit scale to me, am I willing to pay the extra money, the green tax, to buy from a different vendor?

Seems to me that BP is applying for credit from me every time I hear their pre-approved marketing message, every time I see their green and yellow flower energy burst logo, every time I bear a 30 second happy green colored TV commercial, or short authoritative sounding PBS station endorsement, about what they’re doing toward research and development of renewable energy sources, every time I see a billboard sign on the highway, every time I toss an unwanted piece of their junk mail…

Every time they are YELLING at me their pre-approved marketing message that they’re good and green.

But, I don’t think they get it.

It just takes one little whisper of mercury dumping in Lake Michigan, and I gladly throw their credit application into the trash, along with their logo, and name.


BP has recinded their poor publicity act of dumping increased levels of mercury, ammonia, and other “suspended solids” into Lake Michigan from their Whitting, Illinois location. They now state that they will hold to previous permit levels even if the state wants to let them do more. See this article for more information.

Seems like the public spotlight can do some good. Let’s keep it on!


Entry filed under: Environment, Global Warming.

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