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Venezuela provides home heating assistance to 400,000 Americans

Press TV – December 22, 2011

Venezuela has launched its energy assistance program for the seventh consecutive year, which helps poor Americans to pay for their home heating oil during the winter, Press TV reports.

The aid, which is provided by Citgo, a branch of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA, will be received by more than 400,000 poor Americans next year, a Press TV correspondent reported on Thursday.

Citgo’s president, Alejandro Granado, has said that rising energy costs continue to affect millions of Americans, impairing their quality of life.

Granado added that his company does not want the US families to be forced to choose between keeping their homes heated, and paying for other basic needs like food or medicines.

“United States is not all roses like people think there are lots of people under poverty, below their standards” Oil industry analyst, Elio Ohep says.

The heating oil program began in 2005, following the aftermath of hurricanes Rita and Katrina. The PDVSA’s subsidiary has so far invested over 400 million dollars in energy assistance for US citizens facing economic hardship.

December 22, 2011 - Posted by | Economics, Solidarity and Activism

7 Comments »

  1. Nice to see someone else speaking of this. I did last year…. not one other petrol company would help this association, just Venezuela, and there is not a peep in the mainstream media….

    But then, they are too busy trying to pin 911 on Iran right now to notice…

    Comment by nooralhaqiqa | December 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. Wall Street foreclosed on millions of homes putting people out on the street during the cold winter where there are no heaters and therefore no need for heating oil. Wall Street: we’re doing our best to cut the USA’s dependence on foreign oil!

    Comment by Yaridanjo | December 22, 2011 | Reply

  3. [...] Venezuela provides home heating assistance to 400,000 Americans [...]

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  4. This is sad that an oil company that is a subsidiary of a Venezuelan (ie according to US folklore a poor pathetic country) Government company is assisting to the tune of hundreds of millions the faceless homeless and poor of the great US. What an embarrassment for the US. Interesting the Citizens Energy company involved couldn’t raise anything out of the Big US companies. This company is headed by Joseph Kennedy II, the nephew of JFK and eldest son of Robert Kennedy. Doesn’t it make you wonder why the US govt hates the Kennedy’s.

    These upstart Catholic’s believed in helping out… yeah they got something out of it, but so did those without a voice….

    WHAT IS YOUR ANSWER BARACK OBAMA!!!

    Comment by Jeff Mills | December 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Jeff,

      It’s just principled human relations… of the Bolivarian type. They do that with the peoples of the Caribbean basin also.

      Comment by aletho | December 23, 2011 | Reply

  5. In San Diego, some years ago, 7-Eleven stores stopped selling Citgo gas, because Chavez had the balls to call Adolf W. Bush what he actually is. Shows you what kind of flag-humping idiots run that chain.

    Comment by Big M | December 23, 2011 | Reply

  6. The aid, which is provided by Citgo, a branch of the Venezuelan state oil company, PDVSA has helped me more than once, thank God, too. I have nothing but gratitude for their generosity, thank you.

    Comment by LibertyTreeBud | December 24, 2011 | Reply


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