It is clear, when it comes to oil and gas, the answer is that less is better. But the reality is that most of America is car dependent. Of course, that leads to the question we often get here: "If I have to buy gas for my car, where should I go?"
Tough question. Co-op America’s take: There is no such thing as a "good" gas company. However, some gas and oil companies have taken important first steps toward reforming their business practices. Consumers can use their purchases to applaud these first steps and push for changes in what is still a fairly problematic industry. And consumers can join with investors in calling on companies to disclose fully their environmental and social impacts.
BP: Recently named a climate leader by CERES, a nationally renowned network of investment funds, environmental organizations, and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of businesses. BP also has made significant planned investment in solar energy.
Sunoco: Sunoco is the only big oil company to endorse the CERES Principles for environmentally sustainable business. Sunoco reportedly does not buy oil from the Middle East.
CITGO: CITGO is the US arm of Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA), a world energy corporation owned by the Venezuelan State. CITGO donated home heating oil to low-income families in several US states this winter, though their efforts were attacked by Congress.
Shell: Shell has agreed to report on its social and environmental impact using the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines. Learn more about the GRI.
Chevron: Chevron has a long record of environmental and human rights violations in countries it sources from. In April 2006, shareholders called for Chevron to develop a verifiable human rights policy.
Exxon: Exxon was named a climate laggard by CERES. Exxon is the target of international campaigns such as Campaign ExxonMobil, Exxpose Exxon, and more.
BOTTOM LINE: Know the facts and speak out when you shop to push for change.