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Chavez Pulls The Plug On Free Oil Program

From the business section of the plucky Boston Herald:

OUT OF FUEL: Joe Kennedy announces yesterday that Citgo has suspended its $100 million heating oil assistance program for low-income households. Staff members behind him are being laid off and most of the nonprofit’s deliveries will cease.

Citgo pulls $100M in oil donations to Citizens Energy

By Jay Fitzgerald
Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Joe Kennedy announced yesterday he’s laying off 20 employees and temporarily halting most of his winter fuel-assistance programs due to Citgo yanking $100 million in support for the nonprofit Citizens Energy.

Citgo, owned by the Venezuelan government led by leftist loudmouth president Hugo Chavez, recently informed Kennedy that it was “temporarily” suspending its oil donations for the low-income program…

Hundreds of thousands of needy Americans in 23 states and on Indian reservations will have to go elsewhere to get heating fuel, because Citizens no longer has the resources, Kennedy said.

“I’m very hopeful we can turn this around,” said Kennedy, who vowed to try to meet with Chavez in Venezuela to pitch keeping the project.

He urged people to directly write to Chavez to appeal to him to restart the 2009 program, which was supposed to officially begin yesterday

At a press conference yesterday at Citizens’ South Boston headquarters, employees who will lose their jobs stood in back of the stunned Kennedy as he announced Citgo’s move.

Citizens will still run other energy-related programs, and Massachusetts homeless shelters and some needy individuals will get fuel delivered to their homes.

But Kennedy said Citgo’s support amounted to about 90 percent of the funding for Citizens’ fuel-assistance programs nationwide.

It’s almost as if one can’t trust a tinhorn Communist dictator nowadays.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Chavez Pulls The Plug On Free Oil Program”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Golly Gee….how will we ever get by without the Hugo Handouts? What will the Kennedys’ use for lipbalm now that Chavez has moved his ass away from their lips? Maybe when Teddy assumes room temperature we can squeeze his whale butt to fuel the Northeast next winter. Otherwise, BFD!!!

  2. Confucius says:

    This must be a communication problem. Maybe Chavez is helping America solve its global warming problem. Someone send ambassador Sheehan to talk it out.

  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    We should never have taken anything from this petro thug in the first place. For Joe Kennedy to go to Chavez and plead for more oil is just sickening. Never take something from a man who will hold you indebted to him. Especially a man like Chavez.

  4. JohnMG says:

    What’s wrong with the Kennedy millions? Won’t Kennedy-dollars buy heating fuel?

    Just another example of the good deeds done by liberals–always with someone else’s money.

    And how can Kennedy legally meet with Chavez? I’ll gladly send a letter to Chavez. Kennedy won’t like what I say in it, nor will Chavez, but I’d be happy to oblige.

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