I have always promoted boycotting as an effective means of protest, a vehicle that can usher in change in a world where the bottom line all too often is the flow of corporate revenue.
The investment partners behind DAPL have a singularly monetary interest, for them it isn’t about “energy independence” it’s about the money.
These entities range from banking conglomerates to oil companies and beyond – that makes them vulnerable in the pocketbook and stock holders and they will respond accordingly.
The global awareness of the protests has led to entities like Odin Fund Management based in Norway divesting itself of DAPL related shares.
OFD has stated that they have ethical standards conflicting with current events.
That may well be the case but I imagine somewhere in OFD’s decision is a realization that the Marathon Petroleum shares they held were becoming toxic and could effect the bottom line.
Marathon not only refines oil but markets the end products as well – most notably through their gas station/convenience stores outlets under the name of Speedway and Marathon gas stations.
They also either own or lease well over eight thousand miles of pipelines that transport oil and something like five thousand miles of pipeline dedicated to the transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids.
If you are a supporter of indigenous rights and stand with Standing Rock and the nations, if you are committed to that position then you should do the math to determine who the investors are and boycott any commercial ventures they operate.
It may be a matter of “convenience” to stop at a Speedway or Marathon station but you should weigh that “convenience” against the inconvenience of protestors being fragged with concussion grenades, targeted with rubber bullets, attack dogs, and the ongoing arrests of people exercising their Constitutional right to assemble and protest.
If you are a Marathon credit card holder cut it up and send it back informing them you place a greater value on the environment and the ethical treatment of all people than you do a piece of plastic.