Ken Saro-Wiwa

Posted on March 14, 2008 by Sara Hickman. | 1 Comment

I stopped buying gas from Shell back when they were part of the murder of Ken Saro-Wiwa.

On November 10th 1995, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight Ogoni colleagues were executed by the Nigerian state for campaigning against the devastation of the Niger Delta by oil companies, especially Shell and Chevron. I called up Shell to cancel my credit card, and when the guy on the phone asked the inevitable, “Why are you cancelling your card?”, I told him about Mr. Saro-Wiwa. There was a long, silent pause, and the man quietly said, “I had no idea…” So, always speak about injustice because you never know whose heart you might touch, whose mind you might get to turn towards justice, as well.

My mother-in-law just sent me the following, so I thought I would share it with anyone who reads my blog….pass it on.


Gas rationing in the 80’s worked even though we grumbled about it. It might even be good for us! The Saudis are boycotting American goods. We should return the favor.

An interesting thought is to boycott their GAS.

Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia. Just buy from gas companies that don’t import their oil from the Saudis.

Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family, and my friends.

I thought it might be interesting for you to know wh ich oi l companies are the best to buy gas from and which major companies import Middle Eastern oil.

These companies import Middle Eastern oil:

Shell……………………… 205,742,000 barrels

Chevron/Texaco……… 144,332,000 barrels

Exxon /Mobil…………… 130,082,000 barrels

Marathon/Speedway… 117,740,000 barrels

Amoco…………………… ….62,231,000 barrels

Citgo gas is from South America, from a Dictator who hates Americans. If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION! (oil is now $90 – $100 a barrel

Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:

Sunoco………………0 barrels

Conoco………………0 barrels

Sinclair………………0 barrels

B P/Phillips…………0 barrels

Hess………………….0 barrels

ARC0………………..0 barrels

If you go to, you will get a list of the station locations near you.

All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.

But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers.

It’s really simple to do.

Now, don’t wimp out at this point…. keep reading and I’ll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!

I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) …and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)… and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers !!!!!!! If those three million get excit ed and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have be! en contacted!

If it goes one level further, you guessed it ….. THREE HUND RED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would all that take?

One response to “Ken Saro-Wiwa”

  1. Gene says:

    This is another one of those internet chain letters that seems pretty logical on the surface, but of course our world is far more complicated than this. For example, here’s what has to say about it:


    If it weren’t for all the gross statistical errors and the naïve grasp of oil industry economics exhibited here, this piece might actually have some validity.


    The article notes that Citgo, BP, and Phillips DO import from Middle Eastern countries; that all companies buy and sell oil from each other, making it impossible to tell where your oil came from.
    Summing up is probably the best line:
    “Complex problems rarely lend themselves to simple, painless answers. Simply shifting where we buy gasoline isn’t nearly as good a solution as the much tougher choice of sharply curtailing the amount of gasoline we buy.”

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