29 Sep 2006

Aleut Villages Spurn Chavez Oil

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Anchorage Daily News:

Leaders from four Western Alaska villages have rejected an offer of free heating oil from a Venezuelan- owned company because that nation’s president this month called President Bush “a devil” and made other inflammatory comments about the United States.

“Despite the critical need for fuel in our region, the Unangan (Aleut) people are Americans first, and we cannot support the political agenda attached to this donation,” read a statement from Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association released late Thursday.

Under a program from Texas-based refiner Citgo, which is owned by the Venezuelan government, that is giving cheap and free heating fuel to poor people across the country, more than 12,000 rural Alaska homes in about 150 villages are scheduled to receive 100 free gallons this winter.

Valued at about $5 million, the gift to Alaska is welcome by people in many poor, remote villages. Heating fuel exceeds $7 a gallon in the remotest villages.

Last year, 50,000 spongers in Massachusetts accepted more than 4 million gallons of discounted heating oil from the Venezuelan dictator’s program devised to score a public relations victory over the United States.

3 Feedbacks on "Aleut Villages Spurn Chavez Oil"


No dictators for oil.

Go Alaska!

I’m planning to spend big on my trip to Alaska. Always wanted to see that part of America.

Dominique R. Poirier

Would Chavez expect to run for U.S. Presidency at the next elections?

With Howard Dean as vice President I suppose.

David Smith

Citgo’s donation of about $5.3 million to native non-profit organizations is not a gift from ‘the Devil’……..but; from Hugo Chavez! Please remind the ‘mental midgets’ that Alaska gets $2.8 BILLION from oil on the North Slope and can’t give a nickel back to it’s native AMERICANS!!!! Perhaps there is more to this Devil-thing than we could ever imagine!!!


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