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HOW CAN BUYING FROM CITGO HELP TAKE BACK DEMOCRACY?
20 May 2005
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For one the Bush regime do not have their dirty little fingers in it. Venezuela rivals the middle east in oil production (the playgrounds of Bush and Cheney and their BIG buisness takeover) and is a trully democratic country run by Hugo Chavez. Each time we buy gas from Shell, Mobil, Exxon, Chevron or the endless slew of other middle east retailers, we give money back to the machine which is ruining democracy and freedom in our own country.
Read the article which got me thinking about this.
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/22023/

Headquartered in Houston, Texas, CITGO is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of PetrĂ³leos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Who is Chavez and is he any better than the rest? Well to begin with he has seen to it that 30% of Venezuela's oil revenue goes to pulling his country out of poverty. Bush and his henchmen would like you to think otherwise.
http://www.alternet.org/story/16255

Here is an article on Hugo Chavez and the effect he is having.
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0817-01.htm
Read for yourself.

"The official CIA handbook on Venezuela says that half the nation's farmers own only 1% of the land. They are the lucky ones, as more peasants owned nothing. That is, until their man Chavez took office. Even under Chavez, land redistribution remains more a promise than an accomplishment. But today, the landless and homeless voted their hopes, knowing that their man may not, against the armed axis of local oligarchs and Dick Cheney, succeed for them. But they are convinced he will never forget them."
read the full article
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0816-03.htm

"The protests this week in Bolivia come as Latin America is seeing significant success among popular progressive movements. From Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, Lula da Silva of Brazil to the changes of government in Uruguay and now Ecuador, there is a continent-wide trend that has Washington concerned. The US has long exploited countries throughout Central and Latin America for the natural resources, labor and land. Over the decades, this exploitation has been backed up by force and through devastating policies dictated to puppet regimes."
-Amy Goodman (5.17.05 Democracynow.org)

So it seems there is something that we as individual consumers CAN do to protest the actions of our current administration. Buy from Citgo. If you go to their store locator page http://www.citgo.com/CITGOLocator/StoreLocator.jsp and just type your abbrv. state it will show you all the citgo stations in your state. This is handy if you are traveling across several states and want to plan out your trip and fuel stops. With 14,000 nation wide however, you shouldn't have too much trouble even without their little mechanism. It's not a fool proof solution that's for sure. For one if everyone were to all of a sudden buy only Citgo it wouldn't be very long before their reserves ran dry. However the punch in the face the conglomerates would feel would bring oil prices down to remain competitive as well as pull support from the blood thirsty tycoons that have taken over the global market and thus make a solid statement against the death and destruction they reign over the innocent. Also oil is earth's blood and polution is polution. We all drive too much anyway. But in today's world we'd have or heads so uselessly far up in the clouds if we were to try and talk people out of driving before earth runs dry. So if you're going to drive why the hell not just go across the street to support a buisness who's product isn't stabbing you directly in the back when you need to fill up?

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Re: HOW CAN BUYING FROM CITGO HELP TAKE BACK DEMOCRACY?
23 May 2005
Don't drink the kool aid.

Chavez is a corrupt fucker just like the rest of them.

Read into what's been going on in the courts and media there.