Monday, October 09, 2006


This is a follow-up article to my previous post:

"My Last Gallon of Gasoline From Citgo"

Please, everyone realize that this man, Hugo Chavez has vowed to overthrow our government, and that he is a very vocal ally of Iran's President Ahmadinejad. He has visited with President Ahmadinejad in Iran, and has promised the support of his government to assist Iran in their nuclear ambitions !! Please, consider the threat these two men and their numerous allies represent to both ISRAEL and the UNITED STATES. Please do not be fooled !! This carrot that Chavez is offering (cheap oil), has a nuclear string attached. I beg all Americans to reject Mr. Chavez's offers and everything that he represents !! There is much more at stake here than most people realize !! Again, I would ask that all supporters of Israel and all Americans consider carefully the true intentions of these two men (President Ahmadinejad and President Hugo Chavez), and their allies, and not be tempted by Mr. Chavez's offer of cheap oil !! The price-tag is deceiving, the true cost might be our freedom !!! Do we really want cheaper oil at that price ??? I certainly hope not !!

Read article below:

Chavez's Cheap Oil Valued Over Politics For Some Americans

Reuters News Service
Oct 4, 2006 — By Jason Szep

QUINCY, Massachusetts (Reuters) - With a chill of autumn in the air, Bridget Durkin welcomes cheap heat for her Massachusetts home, even if it comes from a Venezuelan leader who called President Bush "the devil."
"If people are really hard up, politics will be the furthest thing from their mind", said Durkin, 71, who has relied on government subsidies to heat her home in Quincy, a suburb of Boston, since her husband died 20 years ago.
Citgo Petroleum, backed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, plans to expand a controversial program of subsidizing home-heating oil for the U.S. poor this year, doubling the number of states that will receive the cheap oil.
Flush with cash from soaring oil prices, Chavez has used Venezuela's petroleum wealth to secure closer ties with South American neighbors and proposed the U.S. heating oil program last year to trim costs for America's poor — a group he says Bush's government has severely neglected.Citgo, the Houston unit of Venezuelan state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, will sell 80 million to 100 million gallons of heating oil for 40 percent less than its usual price in 16 states — from Alaska to the U.S. east coast.But some politicians who eagerly embraced the cheap oil from the world's No. 5 crude exporter last year are now shunning it after Chavez called Bush "the devil" in a September 20 speech at the United Nations."This person has no right coming to our country to criticize our president," New York Gov. George Pataki, a White House hopeful, told Fox News. "He can take his cheap oil and do something for the poor people of Venezuela."The expanded program threatens to deepen an ongoing spat between Chavez and Bush, who calls the Venezuelan a threat to democracy in Latin America. Socialist Chavez says Bush is trying to undermine his political support.


But America's needy are reluctant to turn the oil away."When you are on limited income, that oil is just as good as any other oil," said Mary Lyons, 88, of Windham, Maine, whose 90-year-old husband's pension and social security benefits barely covered their monthly heating bills that spiked 40 percent last winter. "My husband says if we can save a few dollars why shouldn't we."

Venezuela, where per capita income is about 1/10th that of the United States, has called the fuel "humanitarian aid. Many politicians last year praised Citgo for helping the needy. Maine Gov. John Baldacci shook hands with Citgo Chief Executive Felix Rodriguez in Lyons' driveway before a bank of TV cameras at a high-profile launch of the program. This year, spokesman Dan Cashman said Baldacci "is not going to participate in that particular program." Under the plan, those exhausting federal heating oil aid can receive up to 200 gallons of Citgo oil, discounted by about $300 based compared to market rates of $2.50 a gallon. "We get scores of calls every day from people asking when the program starts," said Brian O'Connor of the nonprofit Citizens Energy Corp., which helps Citgo distribute the oil and is headed by former U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy, son of the late Robert F. Kennedy. Rep. Bill Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat who helped broker the Citgo deal last year, said Chavez' behavior should be separated from Citgo's philanthropy. "I've sent a letter to President Chavez expressing my outrage at his remarks," he said. "But let's make the distinction here between the Citgo program and the behavior of Hugo Chavez."But Bruce Everett, who teaches petroleum economics at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, said the program aims to embarrass Bush and portray America as fundamentally weak. "Under Hugo Chavez, Citgo has basically been turned into an instrument of state policy," he said. But he said it raises questions of whether the federal heating oil aid has enough funding to help people most in need such as former social worker Agnes Crosson in Quincy. "I'm not a Bush person, but I really didn't like what Chavez said at the United Nations. Still, I may accept it if it gets really cold this winter", the 75-year-old said.

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