Friends of the Earth helps you tell the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop British Petroleum from expanding its presence in Puget Sound. You may or may not think it worthwhile to preserve the many species of plants and animals unique to the Sound, you may or may not think it worthwhile to preserve the areas Native Americans depend on, you may or may not regard BP as an evil behemoth which befouls everything it touches -- but the decision to oppose BP's efforts to build another dock at their Washington state refinery comes down to this: it would bring in far more oil tanker traffic than the law permits. The law (specifically, the late Sen. Magnuson's amendment to the 1972 Marine Mammal Protection Act) permits 125 tanker calls at this dock annually, but BP plans to bring in many, many more calls than that, with every additional tanker increasing the possibility of a spill that would ruin the water. BP did take a big dump in the Gulf of Mexico, after all -- after which the British Prime Minister suggested that if you criticize BP, you're putting BP's pensioners in danger. That's how you know you've won -- when your opponents can do nothing but create a hostage crisis.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell Walgreen's not to pretend it's a "foreign" corporation just so it can evade American taxes, then both the Campaign for America's Future and CREDO help you do that. Please understand: all that will change about Walgreen's will be the address. Their executives will still be here in America, their pharmacists and clerks will still be here in America, and I bet Walgreen's CEO uses the exact same reasoning in pushing his plan that I do in opposing it, but the loss of billions of dollars in tax revenue -- while us American suckers are still providing the roads they ship on, the courts they sue in, and the police and firefighting services they might one day need God forbid -- is a big, big difference. Walgreen's also gets about 25% of its sales from which two Big Gummint programs? Medicare and Medicaid, of course -- meaning that they'll be taking even more from the American taxpayer than they already do, if we permit them to "move" overseas. Personal to those who say corporations "have" to move (or, in this case, "move") overseas to avoid the crushing burden of the American 35% corporate tax rate: you mean the 12% tax rate American corporations pay on average after we factor in all their tax breaks?