Monday, November 21, 2005

More details on the good deed 

Venezuelanalisis picked up on an excellent article from the Boston Globe on the discounted oil that Venezuela is offering poor U.S. communities. Here are the first couple of paragraphs:

A subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company will ship 12 million gallons of discounted home-heating oil to local charities and 45,000 low-income families in Massachusetts next month under a deal arranged by US Representative William D. Delahunt, a local nonprofit energy corporation, and Venezuela's president, White House critic Hugo Chávez.

The approximately $9 million deal will bring nine million gallons of oil to families and three million gallons to institutions that serve the poor, such as homeless shelters, said officials from Citizens Energy Corp., which is signing the contract. Families would pay about $276 for a 200-gallon shipment, a savings of about $184 and enough to last about three weeks.

Read the rest here. Once again Chavez comes through. $184 per family is certainly a very real savings. I wonder how long it will be before some Americans start asking why it takes a foriegn government to do something the U.S. government itself should be doing.


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