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If you must buy gas, try Citgo

Citgo is owned by Venezuelan gov't, where Chavez is helping the have-nots, rather than the haves. Other oil company revenues end up in more repressive countries.
Published on Monday, May 16, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

Buy Your Gas at Citgo: Join the BUY-cott!
by Jeff Cohen

Looking for an easy way to protest Bush foreign policy week after week? And an easy way to help alleviate global poverty? Buy your gasoline at Citgo stations.
And tell your friends.

Of the top oil producing countries in the world, only one is a democracy with a president who was elected on a platform of using his nation's oil revenue to benefit the poor. The country is Venezuela. The President is Hugo Chavez. Call him "the Anti-Bush."
Citgo is a U.S. refining and marketing firm that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company. Money you pay to Citgo goes primarily to Venezuela -- not Saudi Arabia or the Middle East. There are 14,000 Citgo gas stations in the US. (Click here  http://www.citgo.com/CITGOLocator/StoreLocator.jsp to find one near you.) By buying your gasoline at Citgo, you are contributing to the billions of dollars that Venezuela's democratic government is using to provide health care, literacy and education, and subsidized food for the majority of Venezuelans.

Instead of using government to help the rich and the corporate, as Bush does, Chavez is using the resources and oil revenue of his government to help the poor in Venezuela. A country with so much oil wealth shouldn't have 60 percent of its people living in poverty, earning less than $2 per day. With a mass movement behind him, Chavez is confronting poverty in Venezuela. That's why large majorities have consistently backed him in democratic elections. And why the Bush administration supported an attempted military coup in 2002 that sought to overthrow Chavez.

So this is the opposite of a boycott. Call it a BUYcott. Spread the word.

Of course, if you can take mass transit or bike or walk to your job, you should do so. And we should all work for political changes that move our country toward a cleaner environment based on renewable energy. The BUYcott is for those of us who don't have a practical alternative to filling up our cars.

So get your gas at Citgo. And help fuel a democratic revolution in Venezuela.

Jeff Cohen is an author and media critic (www.jeffcohen.org)
help 01.Jun.2005 20:21

help needed

Do you know the location of Portland area gas stations that are owned by this group?

A little constructive criticism. 01.Jun.2005 20:43

Red neck

I really like this guys campaign, been following it for years...but he never posted the link.
Here it is: the Citgo locator

Yes, I buy Citgo and this guy got me started.

citgo stations 01.Jun.2005 21:06

near portland

5 Closest CITGO Stations

1. 7 ELEVEN 20035
(360) 256-7642
8.33 miles from downtown

2. 7 ELEVEN 23110
(360) 693-9032
8.67 miles from downtown

3. 7 ELEVEN 23474
6212 HWY 99
(360) 696-9061
9.92 miles from downtown

4. 7 ELEVEN 22624
(360) 573-3013
10.99 miles from downtown

5. 7 ELEVEN 22525
9411 NE 76TH
(360) 254-6475
11.65 miles from downtown

Woops, sorry yes he did 01.Jun.2005 21:08

red neck

That's what you get for not reading the article.

Hold your horses... 01.Jun.2005 21:55

read this...

Government officials have refused to confirm recent articles in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that cited unidentified government sources saying that the Venezuelan government would like to sell the parts of or the entire U.S. gasoline producer and distributor Citgo. The Venezuelan state owns Citgo, a chain of 14,000 gas stations and eight refineries throughout the U.S., which is a subsidiary of its state-owned oil company PDVSA.

According to Chavez, Venezuela is subsidizing its oil exports to the U.S., which end up supporting the Bush administration. "We are subsidizing Mr. Bush," Chavez said during a speech while he was in Argentina earlier this week.

Here is the full article...

Its economic non-sense. 01.Jun.2005 22:21

where did you go to school????

Yes, the money you spend at Citgo goes to Venezuela an not to the middle east. However this doesn't help or hurt the US government or Bush.

For every gallon of gas bought from Venezuela, its one less gallon bought from some other foreign supplier like Russia, Iran, Indonesia, Libya, etc..

The price of world crude oil doesn't change because you bought your gas at Citgo.

Its still money leaving the US borders so in that sense it hurts the US, but it isn't any more or less painful than if it ended up in the U.A.E. or Saudi Arabia.

If everybody decided to boycott Wal-Mart and buy their Pepsi from Kmart instead, it would hurt Wal-Mart, but it wouldn't really matter to Pepsi where you buy it as long as you don't buy Coke.

So buying from Citgo may help Venezuela, but it doesn't hurt Bush or the US any more than then if you bought your gas from Exxon, or Shell, or BP... Oil is Oil. Light sweet crude. Some is cheaper to refine, but the costs of that is factored into the world price.

Also, Economic forces demand that Venezuela eventually dumps its cash back into the US. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, economic balance. If the fail to do this the value between the dollar and the Venezuelan currency will become too far out of whack and that will cause Venezuelan oil to become too expensive on the world market.

The Saudis did this in the 1970s, the Japanese did it in the 1980s, and the Chinese are doing it right now. They are taking their money and dumping right back into the US because they have no place else for it go.

Where do you think the food and goods are coming from when Chavez hands it out to the Poor? China? Nope... It comes from the US because we owe it to them for the oil we bought.

So have a BuyCott, have fun.. But don't think you are hurting Bush and the US., if anything you are making sure congress passes the Central and South Americas Free Trade Treaty..

Doh! 01.Jun.2005 22:50

I get it now!

Dollars are backed by oil not gold.

Snopes Analysis 01.Jun.2005 23:09

library mouse

Here is a "Snopes" analysis of the various "urban legends" that serve the need to buy petroleum from the "correct" source(s)--like "non-terrorist" or "pro-human rights", for instance.

It doesn't entirely debunk the notion that Citgo="good" socialist petroleum, but does bring the dismal reality that status quo profits and dividends in the near term, and screw the rest--environment, future generations, etc-- are the sole purpose of the petroleum trade, including that practiced by Citgo.

“It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity, economic balance” 01.Jun.2005 23:27

Red neck

Come on! You got that off Network,(the funniest if not the best satire on post-modernism) admit it! Post-literate society is hilarious and I'll never stop satirizing it.Who do you think you are, Arthur Jensen?
I'm sorry, but I've never heard of an investor who went for the laws of physics(astrology maybe)they go for the laws of profit. If only money was like water and not like politics and power. But hey, you got first part right,It's a simple concept, when you buy from Citgo you're sending money to Venezuela. You don't have to be a member of a trade commission to figure that out.

Arthur Jensen Pitches Howard Beale
"You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won't have it! Is that clear?! You think you've merely stopped a business deal -- that is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back. It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity. It is ecological balance. You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, Reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU WILL ATONE!"

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!-Red neck

The reason it's important to support Chavez/Venezuela 02.Jun.2005 06:49


Chavez has been under attack by bushco for years because of his progressive, populist government. Remember the "coup"? That was engineered by bushco, but they did not count on the people of venezuela having more sense and backbone than the people here. In spite of our own corporate media blathering on about how "liberating" the ousting was for the people of venezuela, it was the people who fought off the US backed privateers and brought back their president. (A real president, not an illegitimate sham like we have here.) The reason bushco wants Chavez out is that he has maintained the nation's resources in the public commons, rather than allowing them all to be privatized to funnel profits away from the people and into bushco-connected private pockets. In other words, he alone stood up against corporate, imperialist America. So THAT is why it's important to support Chavez, and why, since I still must buy gas from time to time, I will do it here. Thanks to whomever posted this, as I did not know about these stations.

Red neck, Very good, you win a cookie! 02.Jun.2005 19:07


Red neck, very good. and your right its a funny movie.

ok, "Very good Fisher, you win a cookie..." Now tell me what movie that came from and I'll be impressed...

I have no idea. 02.Jun.2005 23:05

Red neck

I'm not a very big movie fan and I'm physical repulsed by 99.9% of Hollywood movies... I have very weak stomach. Of the hundred of thousand of movie they have produced, only a handful shouldn't have decomposed in some vault...unfortunately that's possible now. I watch mostly foreign and "art house films" Here's just a few of my favorite of the top of my head, that you can probably find at the video rental I am Cuba (The most beautiful propaganda film of all times) Latcho Drum (that one makes me cry) Tin Drum (One of the few films that's almost as brilliant as the book)Breaking the Waves (deep) Dog Day Afternoon (What an action film should look like, with some profound sociology thrown in.)Looking for Mr. Goodbar(Shocking!)Dr. Strangelove(Even funnier)The Women of the Dunes(the most bleak film ever made)Faust(by the brilliant Czech animator Jan Svankmajer.)Of course, Roger and Me (Moore's best and most brutally honest films. America really is that stupid and crazy.) Most film critics are lazy morons who are not competent enough to deconstruct a short story. Comic books are about their speed. I'm like one of those pathetic poster they put up in libraries—Read, damn it! At least a book a week, you'll have a much richer life. Wow, I never won anything!