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A Terrorist Free Oil Station

Jpm1000000pmTue, 30 Jan 2007 20:06:48 +000007 23, 2007

As I was browsing through the website blog.foreignpolicy.com one of recent posts related to “Terror-Free Oil” stations.  Apparently a Florida based group is taking steps to provide gasoline that has no ties to terrorism.  

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“Terror-Free Oil Initiative is dedicated to encouraging Americans to buy gasoline that originated from countries that do not export or finance terrorism.  We educate the public by promoting those companies that acquire their crude oil supply from nations outside the Middle East and by exposing those companies that do not.  We are also looking into creating a healthy debate concerning alternate methods of fuel production and consumption.  According to our preliminary research there are very few oil companies that do not use Middle Eastern Oil.  We are working very hard to expand that list and you can help us do that.”

 

When seeking to find which brands do not import Middle Easter oil, I was surprised to find only three companies, Terror-Free Oil Inc. (of course), Sinclair Oil Corp, Flying J, Inc., and two other brands that exported outside the Persian Gulf including; Amerada Hess Corp. and Yukos. The list of companies that are ‘financing terrorism’ was significantly longer and notably more well-known including nearly all the globally known corporations such as BP, Exxon, Chevron, etc.

Thus far, the first station providing this type of gas is opening in Omaha, Nebraska next month.  Already there has been some skepticism about prices (whether they will be too high) because of where the oil is coming from.  Also other questions arise such as whether or not this is just another patriotic marketing tool (remember the Freedom Fries)…even looking at the emblem of Terror Free Oil Initiative it clearly is playing on the emotions of Americans.

While three companies claim that their oil comes from the United States and Canada (rather than the Middle East), it is evident that this group (Terror Free Oil Initiative) is taking large steps to provide an alternate source of oil.  However, it just leads into the question of why don’t they just use the money for better technology?  I realize this is a somewhat absurd (and over-asked) question because it is an oil corporation/group—and I am referring to technology research—but if the group is so staunch about not supporting terrorism, why not spend the money and time on a technology that is assured to have no affiliation with the oil industry and Middle East for that matter?  In, the end this is just another example of how perplexing and complex the Oil industry is and its affects on American foreign policy as well as on the American population.

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One comment

  1. “why not spend the money and time on a technology that is assured to have no affiliation with the oil industry and Middle East for that matter?”

    TFO is flattered that you think so highly about our financial abilities, but unfortunately, it is not the case. TFO is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. TFO gas stations are to be owned by independent businesses which are unlikely to have resources for R&D.



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