Reclaim American Jobs: Buy American Gasoline

Updated on February 19, 2020

America we may have lost our manufacturing forever to China, but we have the ability to buy gasoline from a company who has American roots. The number of stations are declining and yet we still have many choices. Learn who your favorite local gas station is owned and operated by. The ownership may change your perception and forever change your buying preferences.

Yes, my favorite station, the one I incorporate into my weekly routine, the one where I prefer to wash my car, the one where I will buy an occasional pack of gum or other quick item in my busy day WAS not the best choice for supporting the employment and tax base of America. When I researched looked at the options, I was delighted. America - we do have choices. Learn about the companies where you shop. The vote that America won in 1776 and the sufferage movement the women won in 1920 is nothing compared to shopping with your wallet. Your wallet is a vote daily for what you want. As in the Wizard of Oz, the power is within us - each and every one of us. Take the time to choose where you are spending your money and we will see a return to American jobs. The extra dollar you spend may the tipping point for our children's jobs. America we do have a choice.

Gasoline Company Comparison

Summary of Gasoline Companies
Summary of Gasoline Companies | Source

BP - British Petroleum Gasoline

BP - British Petroleum Gasoline
BP - British Petroleum Gasoline | Source

British Petroleum

BP aka British Petroleum is a UK company based out of London. Their United States headquarters is in Houston, Texas.

As most people are aware from the extensive coverage, the green stations that dot America complete with quick food market are owned and operated by a global oil and gas company headquartered in the UK, based out of London.

Britich Petroleum is traded under: BP p.l.c. (LSE: BP, NYSE: BP) [1].

Wikipedia shares with us that BP is the 4th largest company in the world as measured by revenues. It is one of six oil and gas "supermajors" which means simply they hold a controlling interest in oil and have as defined in economic - oligopoly power.

It comes as no surprise that the largest division of British Petroleum is BP America. Their US operations are headquartered out of Houston, TX.

Essentially the name BP is the initials of their legal name - British Petroleum.

Shell Gasoline - Royal Dutch Shell

Shell Gasoline
Shell Gasoline | Source

Shell - Royal Dutch Shell

Shell is owned and operated by Royal Dutch Shell and is headquartered out of The Hague, Netherlands with its registered office in the UK.

It is the second largest company in the world as measured by revenues and is one of the six oil and gas "supermajors". [1]

It is traded under: Royal Dutch Shell plc (LSE: RDSA, LSE:RDSB), commonly known as Shell. [1]

Wikipedia shares with us that Shell's subsidiary in the United States is one of the largest of its businesses.


CITGO | Source

CITGO - Venezuela-Owned Refiner and Transporter

CITGO is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of Venezuela.

The company lists its US headquarters in the Energy Corridor area of Houston, Texas.


Conoco Phillips 66 Gasoline

Conoco Phillips 66 Gasoline
Conoco Phillips 66 Gasoline | Source


ConocoPhillips Company is an international energy corporation headquartered in the Energy Corridor district of Houston, Texas in the United States.

ConocoPhillips is the fifth largest private sector energy corporation in the world and is one of the six "supermajor" vertically integrated oil companies.ConocoPhillips is the second-largest refiner in the United States...; and the world’s fourth-largest nongovernment-controlled refiner...[1]

ConocoPhilips is trade under the symbol: (NYSE: COP)

HISTORY: ConocoPhillips was created through the merger of Conoco Inc. and the Phillips Petroleum Company on August 30, 2002. Founded in 1875 as the Continental Oil and Transportation Company. Based in Ogden, Utah,

Chevron Oil Company

Chevron Oil Company
Chevron Oil Company | Source

Chevron Oil

Chevron Corporation is headquartered in San Ramon, California. Its operations extend from gasoline to geothermal energy.

Chevron is traded under (NYSE: CVX Euronext: CHTEX).

Chevron is one of the world's six "supermajor" oil companies.

HISTORY: "Chevron Corporation was originally known as Standard Oil of California, or SoCal, and was formed amid the antitrust breakup of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil company in 1911. It was one of the "Seven Sisters" that dominated the world oil industry in the early 20th century. In 1933, Saudi Arabia granted SoCal a concession to find oil, and oil was found in 1938. In the early 1950s, SoCal discovered the world's largest oil field (Ghawar) in Saudi Arabia. SoCal's subsidiary, California-Arabian Standard Oil Company, developed over years, to become the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) in 1944. In 1973, the Saudi government began buying into ARAMCO. By 1980, the company was entirely owned by the Saudis, and in 1988, the name was changed to Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco).

Standard Oil of California and Gulf Oil merged in 1984, the largest merger in history at that time. Under the antitrust regulation, SoCal divested many of Gulf's operating subsidiaries, and sold some Gulf stations and a refinery in the eastern United States. SoCal changed the name to Chevron Corporation.[1]"

Mobile Gas Station

Mobile Gas Station
Mobile Gas Station | Source

Mobil - American Oil Company - ExxonMobil

The ExxonMobil Corporation headquarters are located in Irving, Texas. ExxonMobil markets products around the world under the brands of Exxon, Mobil, and Esso.

Mobil operates under the brandname of ExxonMobil. In 1999, it merged with Exxon. You may recognize its distinctive logo of a winged red horse - Pegasus. This logo stems back to the 1930s when it was associated with Magnolia Petroleum Company.

The Mobil unit for refining is headquartered in Fairfax County, Virginia. Chemicals and exploration are headquartered in Houston, Texas.

ExxonMobil is one of the largest publicly traded companies in the world, having been ranked either #1 or #2 for the past 5 years.

ExxonMobil is the largest of the six oil supermajors[1]

The Exxon Mobil Corporation headquarters are located in Irving, Texas. ExxonMobil markets products around the world under the brands of Exxon, Mobil, and Esso.

Both Exxon and Mobil were descendants of the John D. Rockefeller corporation, Standard Oil which was established in 1870.

Gasoline and Books Will Become Extinct?

Image by Book Patrol - The blog Book Patrol wondered: Is it a telling omen that in the future both gas stations and books will be extinct? An homage to the divergent sacredness of books and gasoline. Books and gasoline, two essential elements of West
Image by Book Patrol - The blog Book Patrol wondered: Is it a telling omen that in the future both gas stations and books will be extinct? An homage to the divergent sacredness of books and gasoline. Books and gasoline, two essential elements of West | Source

Terms for Gas Station From Around the World

United States and Canada

fuel = "gasoline" or "gas"

"gas station"

Canada - certain regions

"gas bar"

Europe - Commonwealth

fuel = "petro"

station = "petrol stations" or "petrol pump" sometimes "garage"

Australia and India

station = "petrol pump" or "petrol bunk"


"servo" describes any petrol station.

In Japanese English, it is called a "gasoline stand".[2]

Future of Gas Stations

The future of gas stations is changing rapidly. The number of stations has declined as shown in the graph below. The competition is still steep even though this industry is ruled by an oligopoly.

As illustrated to the right, the future of books and gas stations my be headed in the direction of the horse drawn carriage and its predecessor the dinosaur.

Whatever the fate of gas stations, we as American consumers have a choice. Every time we fill up we choose who we will support, where we want taxes paid.

America - we have a vote.

We have a choice.  

Choose wisely.

Our neighbor's jobs, our children's jobs, our grand children's jobs may depend upon our vote with our wallet.

Declining Number of Gas Stations 1994-2007


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    • American_Choices profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Larry,

      This is fascinating! I thought the first chapter was interesting but then the trading of the oil as a commodity in the second chapter and then the third chapter adding in their own additive package to boost octane.

      Thank you so much for sharing and deepening our understanding.

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      Larry Wall 

      5 years ago

      I just ran across this. I use to work for an oil and gas trade association. Gasoline is exchanged. The second largest Exxon Refinery is in my city. It supplies gasoline to all he Exxon Stations, the rest they send to other states and to other companies, which may add there own additive package to boost octane. Exxon buys oil from around the world, as do most refineries. Thus your favorite station, may be getting gasoline from your least favorite company which is buying oil from a country you do not like.

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      9 years ago from USA


      That is a great idea! I will try to add a chart or at least find the statistics of the number of cars. Thank you!

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      9 years ago

      Great hub, I rated it up and useful.

      That was a great chart on the decline of gasoline stations. It would have been nice to see the increase of cars and vehicles during that same time period.

      Unfortunately while Chevron is tho local gas, it is also usually the most expensive gas.

      Happy Thanksgiving


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