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If You Have to Buy Gas, Consider A Company Owned By Venezuela

Ok, you all should be bicycling, using mass transit, solar, biodiesel or electric cars, but in the event that you haven't been able to make the conversion yet, here is something to consider. (Please try this if you are a gas user, but please don't let it slow you down from converting to an earth-friendly alternative.)
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 for 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.

Originally published May 16, 2005 by

Jeff Cohen is an author and media critic (

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Re: If You Have to Buy Gas, Consider A Company Owned By Venezuela

You've got to be kidding. Nothing against Citgo or the Venezulean people but Chavez is the biggest threat to peace in the Americas since the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He is a communist dictator and has been trying to acquire nuclear weapons on the black market.

Besides, it doesn't matter where you buy your gas. There is a shortage of supply and every drop will be purchased by someone.

Re: If You Have to Buy Gas, Consider A Company Owned By Venezuela

Chavez is not a dictator - He was popularly elected and the people love him. His deals with the poor countries in the americas and with China have spurred our "religious" leaders to call for his assassination. He is a threat - only because we'll start a war with anyone who doesn't do as we tell them - we are the biggest threat to peace in the world, and as the other countries get together and resist, we'llpush this world into WWIII


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