Watching the World: Hugo Chavez to the rescue

Selected low-income residents of Massachusetts will receive discounted home heating oil this winter under an agreement proposed by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.He first announced his idea to provide cheap heating oil directly to lower-income Americans while visiting Cuban President Fidel Castro in August.Since then a plan has evolved to ship 12 million gal of heating oil from Venezuela to Massachusetts at about 40% below market prices via Citgo Petroleum Corp., the US subsidiary of the Venezuelan state-owned oil company. The oil will be distributed by two nonprofit organizations, Citizens Energy Corp. and the Mass Energy Consumer Alliance, over 4 months starting in December.Screening ...

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