Buy your gas at Citgo

Here's a simple action...

Matt Scholtes

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From: Bob Graf ">[email protected]>;
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Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2005 13:28:55 -0700 (PDT)
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From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of HERMAN HOLTZMAN
Subject: [HealthCoalition] If you have to buy gasoline

Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!

by Jeff Cohen

Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations. And tell your friends.
Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him "the Anti-Bush."

Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. There are 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the US. (Click here to find one near you.) By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.

Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez.

So this is the opposite of a boycott. Call it a BUYcott. Spread the word.

Of course, if you can take mass transit or bike or walk to your job, you should do so. And we should all work f or political changes that move our country toward a cleaner environment based on renewable energy. The BUYcott is for those of us who don't have a practical alternative to filling up our cars.

So get your gas at Citgo. And help fuel a democratic revolution in Venezuela.

Another reason to support Venezuelan oil:  Chavez is using trade leverage on oil to help reduce consumption of non-renewable resources.  Read below...


Sources: The following comes from the Venezuela Information Office, which is funded by the government of Venezuela.  The link to on the other hand, is for an independent news source.

This week Venezuela broadened its regional trade relationships with the launch of Petrocaribe, an alliance established to sell Venezuelan oil to 14 Caribbean nations at preferential rates.   In exchange, the nations will explore policies to reduce consumption of non-renewable resources.

News coverage of the pact outside the Caribbean has largely ignored its important environmental implications.  Articles published by Reuters, BBC News, AFX, and Bloomberg each describe the arrangement as an effort to increase President Chavez's regional influence or to directly challenge the U.S. role in the Caribbean, yet none mention the consumption reduction proposal, or the fact that Venezuela has historically sold oil to the United States at below-market rates.  

For an in-depth analysis, please see:

Days before the Caribbean summit, the US Department of State apparently sent letters to some participating nations warning them against participating in economic talks with Venezuela.  The letters succeeded only in further irritating a region already skeptical of US interference.;storyID=8934470

Petrocaribe is just the latest of a number of regional accords Venezuela has negotiated with its neighbors to assist resource-poor economies, integrate regional economies, and promote positive social and environmental reform.  

For more information about other regional energy alliances led by Venezuela, please see:

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