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Yes, oil from Venezuela

THERE'S BEEN a lot of controversy lately over whether Citizens Energy Corp. should distribute -- and the poor should accept -- discount heating oil from Venezuela while that country is under the leadership of President Hugo Chávez.

But those who have no problem staying warm at night should not condemn others for accepting Venezuela's oil. Rhetoric means little to an elderly woman who has to drag an old cot from her basement to sleep by the warmth of the open kitchen stove or give up food or medicine to pay her heating bill.

Read all of Joseph Kennedy's editorial from the Boston Globe here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Bush administration doesn't want Citgo to give free oil to America's poor. Why, that might compel an American oil company to share its record profits with the rest of us. And we cannot have that!

December 27, 2006 9:35 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in Boston when we are staying warm in the frigid New England winter with cheap Citgo fuel, the idea that Chavez may be a threat to U.S. interests becomes completely idiotic. Aren't the people supposed to be the interest? He is helping us out... Exxon Mobile, Chevron, and Shell are not. It boggles my mind to hear him portrayed in the media as a real threat. He is a lot of things, but a threat? To the US? Give me a break.

January 04, 2007 2:32 PM


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