The Venezuelan-owned gas subsidiary Citgo has been providing cut-rate home heating oil to poor communities in the U.S. for three now. Last winter, 23 states relied on the donations, which exceeded $100 million in value. New Hampshire has just become the latest to sign on.
The small state, which borders Canada and registers brutal temperatures in the winter, has suffered from high energy costs just as much as any other. State leaders have been pressured to address the economic conundrum by accepting the help from Venezuela.
Last year, hundreds of New Hampshire residents in fact went around the system to apply on their own to get the aid despite the state’s hesitance. As the owner of a local heating oil company put it, “It’s actually a pretty good program.”
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