Monday, May 23, 2005

Fight terrorism -- buy your gas at CITGO

Jeff Cohen (former Donahue producer, among lots of other stints, as I recall) makes a compelling pitch to buy gasoline at CITGO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company. Hugo Chavez was elected on an end poverty platform, and despite some Bush Administration tolerated coup attempts, is still investing the nation's oil wealth back into the people who need it most.

He certainly isn't perfect (who is?), but Venezuela seems like a better place to get oil profits than Saudi Arabia, which continues to fund Al Queda and has some disturbing ties to the Texas oil men that back Bush.

His short piece is here and some of the best parts of it will follow:

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.


One more thing from DJW -- it's amazing to think about Brazil. Was it less than 30 years ago that Brazil was a military dictatorship and today is governed by Lula and the Working People's Party, perhaps the most progressive government of any major southern hemisphere nation?

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