For the past four years, 23 states and 65 Native American tribes have been keeping warm thanks to the generosity of the Venezuelan people. Citgo, the U.S. subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, is continuing it’s home heating oil program in 2009.
Together with Boston-based Citizens Energy, headed by Joe Kennedy II (above at left), Citgo is providing cut-rate heating oil to those who can’t afford it.
Kennedy thanked President Chavez for Venezuela’s continued support and said:
This decision is a clear, direct message from President Chavez of his desire to strengthen relations between his country and the United States, particularly at this time, when a new US administration is scheduled to be sworn in within the next few weeks.
The low-cost heat is a vital contribution, as the temperature continues to drop and many U.S. citizens have found themselves out of work and overwhelmed. Venezuela has helped to ease the burden many people in freezing climates must bear.
Representative William Delahunt of Massachusetts is also grateful:
It’s really important to continue the program. In New England, it has been extraordinarily helpful to get low-income people through the tough winters we have had.
Delahunt said he thought it could also pave the way for better relations between the U.S. and Venezuela.
Citizens Energy is now taking applications, and fuel deliveries will begin in 2-3 days. Those in need of assistance can call 1-877-JOE-4-OIL.