Mr. Green is busy on his world-wide publicity tour for his new book. In the meantime, here's a Mr. Green classic column from May 2007.
Hey Mr. Green,
If BP is your "best" choice for gasoline brands, you must have your head in the oil sands. Its high-risk industrial operations in Texas City killed 15 workers and injured 180 in 2005. Does BP contribute to Sierra? --Konrad in Park Ridge, Illinois
I'm well aware of this inexcusable slaughter of petroleum workers, which was mentioned--along with plenty of other black marks on the company's record--in the Sierra report ("Pick Your Poison") that put BP in the "top of the barrel" category. That's why I said picking a better oil company was about as dicey as dancing with Vice President Dick Cheney on an oil slick.
These are huge and complex companies, and a large number of factors informed our analysis. Yes, more than a dozen BP employees died in that Texas City incident, but many people have been--or will be--killed because of global warming, as it causes the spread of tropical diseases and increases the intensity of storms. In contrast to BP, which has long acknowledged that something has to be done about global warming, ExxonMobil refused to even admit that climate change was happening until this February. Before that, Exxon had been very active--and successful--in debunking global warming, thereby forcing a delay in doing anything about it.
It's downright grisly and depressing to try and weigh the fatalities, pollution, and other ills caused by one petroleum provider against another's. Which is why we need to greatly step up the development of less homicidal and less ecocidal forms of energy.