Non Sequitur

May. 16, 2010 at 11:01am

Forget Arizona, the City needs to boycott BP

As the city of Tacoma debates over boycotting Arizona over their immigration law, as we speak, something between 5,000 to 100,000 barrels per day of crude oil are being leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. While I cannot claim to know what the cause of the accident was, nor if there was malicious intent, what I do know is that several Exxon Valdez's worth of crude oil is inching closer to the swamps and estuaries of the gulf coast. Hundreds of thousands of birds, fish, turtles and marine mammals are being killed by the oil. Thousands of commercial fishermen and their families are out of work and god only knows what this will do long-term to the fisheries in the gulf.

So, why is the City in a pissing match with Arizona over an immigration law that is probably going to be thrown out by the Supreme Court and they're silent about the worst man-made environmental disaster in US (and soon to be world) history.

The city of Tacoma needs to boycott BP. Every dollar you and the City spend with BP supports the company that is killing the Gulf of Mexico. The City of Tacoma, and the Citizens of Tacoma need to set an example for the rest of the nation: Boycott BP, their products and their brands (Castrol, Arco, AM/PM minimarts, etc).

I fail to see why we make such a big deal about an immigration law while THIS is going on.

comments [34]  |  posted under arizona, BP, hypocrites, oil, oil spill, Tacoma


by Altered Chords on 5/16/2010 @ 11:34am
Oil trading is everywhere. If you want to boycott BP then you need to stop driving.

by fredo on 5/16/2010 @ 11:37am
Our city leaders can't even run the operations of a small city in a workmanlike manner. They probably shouldn't be providing advice to large governmental bodies or multi national corporations. When Lauren Walker and Ryan Mello can get their left and right shoes on the correct feet...that's a good day at city hall.

by JesseHillFan on 5/16/2010 @ 2:09pm
We wouldn't have this problem if everyone had a plutonium 239 powered nuclear car or truck.No need for gas stations either.And the Plutonium 239 would go a long way so no replacement of nuclear fuel for years.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2010 @ 5:15pm
Arizona and BP both suck. Why cant we do both?

by daydreamer on 5/16/2010 @ 5:51pm
Good for Arizona I say! I grew up there and let me tell you, the illegals are nothing but trouble.Legal immigrants are always welcome, but a lot of the illegals are gang members, drug runners and just all around thugs.It's about time a governor did real governing.

by The Jinxmedic on 5/16/2010 @ 6:05pm
The City Council has no business boycotting anything. All this is an unecessary distraction from the work that they have to do, which is to run this city. If the Federal Government enforced its own existing laws and regulations, neither Arizona or the Gulf would be an issue right now.

However, I would support the following four boycotts by the city council:

1) Boycott the purchase of new furniture for the city offices
2) Boycott directing $700K state grant money to build yet another parking lot
3) Boycott the purchase of expensive new Hybrid vehicles for the city fleet
4) Boycott the City Manager, Eric Anderson

by Altered Chords on 5/16/2010 @ 7:39pm
Daydreamer - Are you suggesting that Arizona knows what they are doing and is not in need of our precious feedback?

But we have so much knee jerk reactionary rhetoric to offer. It would be a darn shame to channel all of this hot air into local issues.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/16/2010 @ 8:35pm
Can we boycott City Council and deny them their pay until they start doing the jobe we elected them to do?

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2010 @ 8:56pm
Yes but where do you stand on Human/Animal mutant hybrids?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/16/2010 @ 9:03pm
Chimeras are people too!

by Altered Chords on 5/16/2010 @ 9:10pm
I still can't believe it costs 700k for a parking lot. It's just asphalt right? What is it that I do not understand?

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/16/2010 @ 9:43pm
Due to the leak of oil in the gulf, oil prices have gone up. Oil prices going up equals asphalt prices going up.

1 ton of asphalt (not including the weight of the aggregate) covers 100 sq feet @ 3" deep. Straight asphalt (without the aggregate) is $800/ton. Let's say the lot is 30,000 sq feet. Let's also assume the standard is 3" thick. That's 300 tons to pave it 3" thick. 300 * $800 = $240,000.

That's a quarter million for just the liquid asphalt. Does not include the cost of transportation, adding in the aggregate and (of course), labor.

So, $700,000 does sound within the ballpark.

by NineInchNachos on 5/16/2010 @ 9:53pm
if they did a gravel parking surface it would seem more temporary... plus it is permeable to water! GO GREEN!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 5/16/2010 @ 9:55pm
In Mexico they say Green Go.

by L.S.Erhardt on 5/16/2010 @ 10:00pm
Gravel? GRAVEL????
We can't have that! Loose stones might chip the paint on the BMWs and Porsches in the lot!

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 5/16/2010 @ 10:38pm
Sad how Tacoma's International Financial District ends up as an asphalt parking lot.

by marumaruyopparai on 5/17/2010 @ 1:28am
Don't forget to boycott the Arizona Tea Company too, that sends a strong message.

Who cares about the Gulf of Mexico? Let those swamp-billies drown in the oil they demanded the administration drill for them. "Drill here, drill now!" They wanted oil, and now they got it.

All those gulf coast estuaries were doomed to be swallowed up by rising coastline on account of the VERY REAL threat posed by GLOBAL WARMING anyways.

by marumaruyopparai on 5/17/2010 @ 1:42am
It's not BP's fault, they're victims of supply and DEMAND!!!

by marumaruyopparai on 5/17/2010 @ 1:45am
You know who the real jerk in all of this is, right? Sarah Palin.

by marumaruyopparai on 5/17/2010 @ 1:50am
I think your city council should offer amnesty to every person currently living in Arizona unable to provide papers proving legal citizenship.

Give your city council a little something better to do other than shell out thousands of dollars on overpriced asphalt.

Maybe start drawing up your papers for cessation from the union as well. That cute little 253 heart thingy would look just darling on a flag.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2010 @ 8:01am
I'm just happy I have an excuse to draw a tacomic about the 'Achtung! show me your papers!' law.

by fredo on 5/17/2010 @ 8:40am
The city should assemble a list of every jurisdiction in the USA which has a law which is at variance with Tacoma City Code. Rather than just picking a single jurisdiction like Arizona we could boycott all these states and cities which have different rules and regulations.

by fredo on 5/17/2010 @ 9:48am
Here's an interesting tidbit to consider:

The News Tribune is running a hot button on-line poll regarding the Walker/Mello Arizona boycott issue. Current poll results (based on 2700 responses) are:

Favoring the boycott 20%
Opposing the boycott 80%

Ha, the bill's sponsors may wish to tweak this proposal a bit.

by Altered Chords on 5/17/2010 @ 10:31am
It's official. Seattle is boycotting Arizona. Other cities are following suit. This creates a lack of demand for Arizona produced goods and services. This will apply downward pressure on the prices of Arizona produced goods and services.

For this reason, I suggest that the City of Tacoma double up or triple up on goods and services produced by Arizona.

Are there parking lot construction companies in Arizona?

by Altered Chords on 5/17/2010 @ 10:32am
Let's drill for oil in Arizona.

by fredo on 5/17/2010 @ 10:41am
chords, I think it's unlikely that a majority of the Seattle residents favor an Arizona boycott. Look at the overwhelming opposition in Tacoma to the same proposal. This has the potential to backfire for all the businesses in town. I sell to a lot of Arizona accounts and I expect repercussions.

If Walker and Mello want to strengthen ties to the hispanic community they can go to the next latino event and stage a photo opportunity wearing panchos and making menuto. Leave the rest of us out of it.

by KevinFreitas on 5/17/2010 @ 10:51am
Let's keep in mind it's all symbolic. I doubt anything real will happen but it's important for states, cities, etc to express themselves just as it is for individuals.

Go for it, City Council, but don't let this distract from your regular jobs of helping us spend less money on parking lots we don't need. (hint! hint!)

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2010 @ 11:05am
A boycott of Arizona is a total and complete waste of the city council's time. And we wonder why nothing actually gets done around here?

I repeat:

If the Federal Government enforced its own existing laws and regulations, neither Arizona or the Gulf would be an issue right now.

However, I would support the following four boycotts by the city council:

1) Boycott the purchase of new furniture for the city offices
2) Boycott directing $700K state grant money to build yet another parking lot
3) Boycott the purchase of expensive new Hybrid vehicles for the city fleet
4) Boycott the City Manager, Eric Anderson

by fredo on 5/17/2010 @ 11:16am
"it's important for states, cities, etc to express themselves" KF

80% of Tacomans support the Arizona law. How would passing the boycott result in an expression of local feelings?

"Let's keep in mind it's all symbolic." KF

No its not. The proposal will eliminate much local spending in Arizona. And guess what, boycotts are a two-way street. Visitors, vendors, tourists, government delegations, trade reps, and purchasing agents from Arizona will stop calling on Tacoma. Ready for a backlash?

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2010 @ 11:30am
fixing potholes and reading the hogwash trib poles... even listening to thoughtful centrists like Jinxmedic is not very exciting. for a city to declare war on another state.. a southern state. now that is exciting.

by Erik on 5/17/2010 @ 11:30am
The effort to Boycott Arizona appears to be backfiring for San Diego.

Arizona tourists are biting back against San Diego for its city council's decision to boycott the Grand Canyon State over its immigration law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer last month.

Would-be tourists have notified the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and some hotels that they are canceling their scheduled travel to the coastal vacation
destination, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

How much will Tacoma businesses suffer by being boycotted by Arizona?

by The Jinxmedic on 5/17/2010 @ 11:39am
"thoughtful centrist"

I like that.

by Altered Chords on 5/17/2010 @ 1:02pm
Why don't we boycott Mexico City? It's the #1 city in the world for kidnapping.

Oh, by the way...Phoenix, AZ is the #2 city in the world for kidnapping.

Do you think they are dealing with serious issues in Arizona? Isn't it possible that they have their arms around their local issue more than our city of 200,000 has around Arizona's local issue?

I think the City Council needs to investigate this issue by driving around in fancy cars in Phoenix and in Mexico City.

We'll post the ransom notes on feedtacoma.

by NineInchNachos on 5/17/2010 @ 1:14pm
no! beautiful angle weatpaste ransom notes


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