BP to Help Stations
Steven L. Taylor
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
According to the AP (BP giving financial help to stations), BP is going to provide some financial help to their gas stations to help offset declining sales as a result of boycotts.
This could work if, in fact, the station owners pass on the savings to the consumers, as the best way to dissuade boycotters is to have the cheapest gas on the block. The degree to which the rebate to stations noted in the piece will allow station owners to accomplish such a feat is another question entirely.
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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective.
He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog).
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It could also have the unintended consequence that people say “cool, I’ll boycott BP and the evil corp will help my innocent station owner.”