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Venezuela Says Unilateral Oil Cutoff to the U.S. is "Absurd"

by Laurent GUERBY Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 04:32:18 PM EST

From venezuelanalysis (sponsored by the government of Venezuela):


Caracas, Venezuela, July 17, 2006 --Venezuela's embassy in the U.S. responded to the U.S. government's speculation that Venezuela might cutoff its oil supply to the U.S. by saying that the possibility of this happening unilaterally is "absurd." Venezuela's Ambassador to the United States, Bernardo Alvarez, gave the response in a letter written to U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, who had commissioned the U.S. Congress General Accounting Office (GAO) to make an analysis of a potential Venezuelan oil cutoff. [...]

The report mentions and Alvarez's letter restates that, "it was not Venezuela but the U.S. government, solely for political reasons, that has discontinued the bilateral technology and information energy exchange agreement between our two countries that had been successfully ongoing for over 20 years." For Alvarez, this is "a strong indication of the imposed prohibition on U.S. agencies, like the Department of Energy, to engage effectively with Venezuela."

This example and others show that while Venezuela wants to " remove politics from the energy equation, the United States, unfortunately, has acted in ways more apparent than real in this regard." [...]


Hugo Chavez looks like the South American version of Vladimir Putin (and Georges W. Bush in Tony Blair's role), don't you think?

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Hee, I'm sure he'd like to be seen as a S American Putin, but without soviet nukes he's just a putain.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:12:32 PM EST
Wow, I didn't expect the "got nuke" reactions.

Personally, I see nukes as totally irrelevant for energy related commercial relationship (which I was talking about here).

by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 02:22:35 PM EST
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Oh asorry. It's probably that I've read a lot of (probably sarcastic) commentary suggesting that Putin may carry weight with Europe cos of the energy, but he is only meaningful to the yanks cos of the nukes.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 04:10:25 PM EST
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..No Putin...

reality in geopolitics....or just how I learn to love the atomic bomb...and the ICBM..of course

A pleasure

I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 05:18:29 PM EST
Citgo, an American gas station chain, owned by PDVSA, in turn owned by the Venezuelan governemnt, recently announced it was going to stop supplying about 100 stores in several states.  Citgo was purchasing 130,000 barrels a day to supply these stations from other producers, and losing money on the deal.  This led to fears that Venezuela was going to cut off oil shipments to the US.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Jul 19th, 2006 at 07:55:11 PM EST
So this was a routine business decision.
by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 02:18:09 PM EST
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Yes

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg
by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 09:59:17 PM EST
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Chavez is a paper tiger. He needs the oil revenues more than the US needs his oil.

What he does with the oil revenues is another much less paper tigery issue.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 09:54:45 AM EST
Trade is a win-win process. Here I see the process as exactly the same as with Putin gas and Europe (minus the pipeline issue).
by Laurent GUERBY on Thu Jul 20th, 2006 at 02:19:51 PM EST
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