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Alaskans Give the Finger to Chavez Generosity

October 21, 2006

<a href=”http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/10/09/alaska.oil.chavez.ap/index.html”>That’s right.</a> Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has donated oil to 291 homes in Alaska, only to have it thrown back in his face. Listen, I’m all for support our President, kinda… sorta… well, not really, but at what point is it better to let your household freeze in -15degree weather, than to take the donation from a man who called Bush “the devil”.

I truly do understand that some think Chavez is trying to make our country and out oil companies look bad by donating countless barrels of oil to poverty-stricken areas of our country. Whether or not this is his intent, he seems to be succeeding at it. Why aren’t our oil companies, who have produced record profits in the last year, donating to the nations poor? Why isn’t the government thanking Citgo for their selflessness? In Alaska, 68% of the general fund comes from oil taken off of the Northern Slope, totalling $2.8 billion, yet the people living there pay some of the highest premiums on heating oil, recently up to $7.25 per gallon. Compare this to the current national average of <a href=”http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/oog/info/twip/twip.asp”>$2.394</a&gt;.

Delaware has also benefitted from Citgo’s donations program, which has been called “part of an unfriendly government’s increasingly belligerent and hostile foreign policy”. Well, excuse them for helping our poor.

Whether or not Chavez was correct in calling Bush “the Devil”, Alaskan families should look past that to take the gift as it is: a chance to keep their families warm for one more winter. I don’t care if Chavez called my grandma a dirty whore, if I didn’t have the money to heat my home, I’d take his gift with a smile on my lips and a song in my heart.

<span style=”font-weight:bold;”>UPDATE</span>
Dana Garrett of <a href=”http://delawarewatch.blogspot.com”>Delaware Watch</a> posted <a href=”http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-10-10T215116Z_01_N10382359_RTRUKOC_0_US-ENERGY-USA-VENEZUELA.xml&WTmodLoc=NewsHome-C1-topNews-9″>this</a&gt; tidbit on his site. It’s a shame that the Alaskans didn’t know this before they said “YES” to hypothermia.

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