Tarry for the Nonce

September 28, 2006

The Civilized Way to Dissent

Filed under: Politics — lmwalker @ 4:20 pm

Does anyone really care that 7-Eleven, Inc. has dropped Citgo as their gasoline supplier?

Citgo Petroleum Corp. is a Houston-based subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-run oil company and 7-Eleven is worried that anti-American comments made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez might prompt motorists to fill-up elsewhere . . .

Instead, 7-Eleven, which sells gasoline at 2,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores, will now purchase fuel from several distributors, including Tower Energy Group of Torrance, Calif., Sinclair Oil of Salt Lake City, and Houston-based Frontier Oil Corp.

The speculation is that they were worried about a boycott, which is not an unreasonable concern. Frankly, I probably would have boycotted them, simply because I don’t have much investment in my gas supplier and I don’t much care for Chavez. I was – at one time – a loyal Shell customer, but that ended after they forced the mom-n’-pop Shell stations out of business so they could focus on their sleek, overpriced megastations. Now, I don’t care where I get my gas, so long as it’s cheap.

But back to Venezuela: if they want to diss us on the international front, I see no reason to fund their efforts.

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1 Comment

  1. I care very much. We shouldn’t financially support socialist countries; let alone those that wish to see us fall, and call our President the devil. Where’s your head at? I only buy Shell [Dutch], BP [British], and Mobile [American] because the profits go back to countries that don’t want to destroy us (and I tend to get the best gas mileage out of Shell).

    I find it funny, even ironic, that you get upset over small Shell stations closing, but don’t think twice about buying [Christian] books on Amazon, rather than at places like Vine & Branches …. if I recall correctly… huh.

    Comment by Andrew P. — October 2, 2006 @ 4:02 am


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