Yet another reason to Commute by Bike

I got this interesting email about Citgo:

Please read the following about Citgo and never buy gas their again.

I verified that Citgo is owned as follows:
“The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Petrleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela”. This a direct quote from the Citgo website.

Venezuela Dictator Vows To Bring Down U.S. Government Venezuela government is sole owner of Citgo gasoline company Venezuela Dictator Hugo Chavez has vowed to bring down the U.S. government. Chavez, president of Venezuela, told a TV audience: “Enough of imperialist aggression; we must tell the world: down with the U.S. empire. We have to bury imperialism this century.”

The guest on his television program, beamed across Venezuela, was Cindy Sheehan, the antiwar activist. Chavez recently had as his guest Harry Belafonte, who called President Bush “the greatest terrorist in the world.”

Chavez is pushing a socialist revolution and has a close alliance with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Regardless of your feelings about the war in Iraq, the issue here is that we have a socialist dictator vowing to bring down the government of the U.S. And he is using our money to achieve his goal!

The Venezuela government, run by dictator Chavez, is the sole owner of Citgo gas company.
Sales of products at Citgo stations send money back to Chavez to help him in his vow to bring down our government.

Take Action

Please decide that you will not be shopping at a Citgo station. Why should U.S. citizens who love freedom be inancing a dictator who has vowed to take down our government?

Thanks for caring enough to get involved.

Disclaimer: I have posted this email for the sole purpose of encouragement to ride your bike to work. It is your choice on how you want to get involved.

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0 thoughts on “Yet another reason to Commute by Bike”

  1. todd says:

    Without really wanting to get into it, Chavez was elected to his position in a free and fair democratic election. While he puts on airs as a dictator, and it’s anyone’s guess if he’d leave if he were voted out, he got that position in a free and fair internationally observered election. (Btw, with fewer irregularities than Bush v. Gore.)

    Chavez also was the one who, through Citgo, did a deal to provide affordable home heating oil to people who can’t afford the prices being charged by Bush and Cheney’s energy pals.

    Dismissing someone by lableing him a “dictator” with the aim of dismissing him without really examining what’s going on is the wrong thing to do. Does he hate the US? You bet. Does he have good reason? You bet.

  2. steve says:

    You might want to go to Google and do a search on chavez venezuela – there’s more to this story than meets the eye. I’m not an investigative journalist, but there’s all sorts of oddities like a botched coup allegedly funded by the US after Chavez was elected (he’s not, as stated in the post, a dictator – he was democratically elected). I’ve also seen commentary about this show where Chavez said he would refuse to sell oil to anyone except poor people (though I’m not sure how Citgo would manage that).

    An interesting report from Richard Stallman is at describing how Venezuela is going open source because the US government allegedly leaned on SAIC to shut down the computers during the coup. Miguel de Icaza has also posted a lot of information on Chavez on his blog.

    I don’t know the full truth, but relying on a demagogic email to decide who to boycott in a somewhat kneejerk reaction is perhaps not the best way to go. Changing providers from Citgo to (say) Exxon still consumes oil, after all, and possibly more overall if Exxon has to ship oil from Saudia Arabia where Citgo is shipping a shorter distance from South America.

    Of course, my words mean relatively little anyway, since (a) I’m not a US resident, and (b) I don’t buy gas anyway, let alone from Citgo.

  3. kevin says:

    what is so wrong with the US becoming socialist?

  4. gwadzilla says:

    commuting by bike is great…
    I live it
    I love it

    lets not forget that Citgo offered to sell oil to the poor of this country for significantly less than the market rate

    while Exxon is boasting about record earnings…

    I am not that smart
    I am not that political
    so I will say no more

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