The Terror-Free Oil Initiative was a group based in Coral Springs, Florida, dedicated to encouraging Americans to buy only gasoline that originated in countries that do not export or finance terrorism or are otherwise unfriendly towards the United States.
TFOI attempted to create a healthy debate concerning alternate methods of fuel production and consumption.
The website Electronic Intifada accused Terror-Free Oil of Islamophobia. But then, again, according to Electronic Intifada, even mentioning the religion of 9/11 hijackers is manifestation of Islamophobia.
TFO spokesman Joe Kaufman is also founder of a group called Americans Against Hate, a conservative civil rights organization and terrorism watchdog group. Kaufman is a prominent critic of the Hamas front Council on American-Islamic Relations.
Criticism[edit | edit source]
Terror-Free Oil purchased its gas from Sinclair Oil Corporation, who buy oil from all areas of the world on the New York Mercantile Exchange. After critics questioned the buying methods of the group, founder Joe Kaufman, was forced to acknowledge that the stations were likely selling some oil from the Middle East.
In an article on the Pro-Palestinian website The Electronic Intifada, American journalist Ali Abunimah called the group "fundamentally racist" and a "headline-grabbing stunt by a group of unabashed racists and demogogues", claiming the group was simply a front for Americans Against Hate.
Journalist and writer on energy, Robert Bryce also criticised the group on the American Public Media show Marketplace and the CNBC show, Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo. Bryce stated that "the trends of energy interdependence are growing and are inexorable" and branded that idea of being able choose where your oil came from as "hogwash".
References[edit | edit source]
- "Du pétrole sans terreur dans le Nebraska". Le Soleil. 2007-01-23.
- "About TFO". http://www.terrorfreeoil.com/about.php.
- "Gas Station To Offer 'Terror-Free' Oil". newsnet5.com. 2007-01-22. http://www.newsnet5.com/money/10815377/detail.html.
- FrontPage Magazine
- "Pumping a message to fuel sales". American Public Media. 2007-02-12. http://marketplace.publicradio.org/shows/2007/02/12/PM200702124.html. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- Media fall for pro-Israel hate group's "Terror Free Oil"
- "Terror-Free Oil". CNBC. 2007-03-20. http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=221073758&play=1. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
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