This was always “blood” oil that Chavez used for political purposes while his own people lived in poverty:
BOSTON — Citgo has suspended its free heating oil program for low-income residents, Citizens Energy Chairman Joseph Kennedy announced Monday.
Kennedy said the Venezuelan government’s Texas-based oil subsidiary cited falling oil prices and the world economic crisis for forcing the company to reevaluate all of its social programs, including the heating oil program aimed at 400,000 households in 16 states.
The program, started in 2005 with Citizens Energy, a nonprofit headed by Kennedy, sent 100 gallons of free oil a year to eligible households.
“It remains unclear how long this postponement, if it is one, will last,” Kennedy said in a statement on the Citizens Energy Web site. “All of us at Citizens Energy continue to do everything we can to advocate for a continuation of this vital assistance.”
Citgo donated 100 million gallons last year, according to Citizens Energy.
A news conference was scheduled for at 1:30 p.m. at Citizens Energy’s Boston’s headquarters to discuss the suspension of the program.
Kennedy urged those who have been helped by the program to write Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to share their stories. Kennedy said that Citizens Energy will continue to run heating assistance programs for now.
The fact that Joe Kennedy — cousin of New York’s presumptuous presumptive senatorial appointee, Caroline Kennedy — continues to pimp for Chavez’s suspended program suggests that he, for one, is still collecting “morally righteous” subsidies from the communist dictator for his nonprofit.
More on the Chavez funding of Kennedy here.