What's the greenest oil company now? BP was at the top of your “Pick Your Poison” list as one of the best, but that was in 2007, before its unprecedented disaster in the Gulf.
–Naomi in Allison Park, Pennsylvania
One reason BP had a high rating was that its approaches to alternative energy and climate change were much more pro-environment than other companies. Exxon, for example, lobbied against the Kyoto Protocol and was funding outfits that denied that global warming, while Conoco Phillips opposed caps on greenhouse-gas emissions. (Click here for details.)
Hence BP’s famous mantra, “Beyond Petroleum,” was credible, but obviously the company couldn’t move far enough beyond petroleum, and is now stuck with “Beneath Petroleum" while spewing tens of millions of toxic gallons and counting. It hasn’t just slipped from its pedestal, the pedestal itself has crumbled like a flaming offshore-drilling platform.
Given the situation, Sierra decided not to redo its “Pick Your Poison” ratings, but instead to focus its efforts on a campaign to truly get us beyond petroleum. For more information, and to become involved, click here.