Thursday, August 25, 2005
CHAVEZ OFFERS CHEAP GAS TO POOR IN USA
HAVANA, Cuba (Reuters) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, popular with the poor at home, offered on Tuesday to help needy Americans with cheap supplies of gasoline. Chavez did not say how Venezuela would go about providing gasoline to poor communities.
Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA owns Citgo, which has 14,000 gas stations in the United States.
Chavez said Venezuela could supply gasoline to Americans at half the price they now pay if intermediaries who "speculated ... and exploited consumers" were cut out.
Chavez, in Cuba to attend the graduation of Cuban-trained doctors from 28 countries, was seen off at the airport by Cuban President Fidel Castro.
Chavez and Castro offered to give poor Americans free health care and train doctors free of charge.
Posted by Jesus Reyes at 2:12 AM