Before you decide to boycott the oil and gas companies, please be aware of the following. They employee a large percentage of the victims affected by hurricane Katrina. They pay good wages to their employees who are highly skilled at all levels of the industry. Oil and Gas companies are some of the most philantrhopic companies on the planet. They gave billions in relief to the tsnunami disaster and will do the same in this disaster. Chevron put out a full page ad in today's Houston Chronicle that reads. "IMPORTANT NOTICE TO CHEVRON EMPLOYEES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE KATRINA" "In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the health and well-being of our affected employees is our first and highest priority, and our thoughts go out to everyone impacted by this natural disaster. If you are a Chevron employee who resides in or around one of the impacted communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama or the panhandle of Florida, please contact us at 1-800-334-3963 to let us know of your current situation so that we can determine how we can best address your needs." Chevron is an excellent company, I should know, I am currently on short-term disability with them. I have seen the many good things my company and other Oil & Gas companies do for people here and abroad. And the companies of today are very environmentally conscious and do their best to balance getting the product demanded by the global economy while still respecting the environment. There is a lot more to do in this area, but the oil companies work within the framework of the law as well as the demand of people. A boycott would not be an effective long term message. Lifestyles need to change permanently to effect a change. Regardless, oil and gas companies spend billions researching new energy sources. Oil companies are not the enemy.