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Buy Gas at Citgo. No, Really...

 

For those of us with reservations about America’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil and how it drives our foreign policy, buying gas isn’t just expensive, it’s depressing. Every $2.25 gallon of regular unleaded we pump into our cars at our local Mobil station is, we know, helping to perpetuate global imperialism, but what are we to do? Ride a bike? Take the bus? Yeah, right.

Well Jeff Cohen, progressive journalist and founder of media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), wrote an article we read on commondreams.org last Monday which opened our eyes to a solution right under our noses. While a gas boycott is impossible for those who really need to drive, and unlikely for those who simply like to drive, there is another way, something Cohen calls a "buy-cott."

"Of the top oil producing countries in the world, writes Cohen, "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."

Think Bush is an asshole? So does Chavez, and he’s said so openly. Maybe that’s because Bush has done everything he can to topple the popular leader, in part because Chavez’ rule sets a bad precedent for those who would keep third world countries under the heavy thumb of corporate exploitation.

It turns out that Citgo, US refining firm and a national chain of gas stations which pepper our town, is a subsidiary of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company. Who knew?

As Cohen writes:

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.

What’s more, your money doesn’t go to the Middle East, or Exxon/Mobil, or Halliburton, or the campaign coffers of the most corrupt politicians in America.

So do it. We’re not asking you to stop buying gas; we know that’s not going to happen. But driving an extra couple of blocks to get it just isn’t that hard, especially if it relieves your conscience just a little. To help you get started, We've listed the addresses of some Citgo stations in Buffalo on the right side of this page:


  • KWIK FILL #328
    157 GRANT ST & AUBURN
    BUFFALO, NY 14123
    (716) 885-1284
  • DOWNTOWN TRADING CO
    51 BROADWAY
    BUFFALO, NY 14203
    (716) 853-0631
  • ALLENTOWN TRADING CO
    553 DELAWARE AVE
    BUFFALO, NY 14202
    (716) 881-0518
  • C STORE INC
    214 PORTER AVE
    BUFFALO, NY 14201
    (716) 881-5299
  • NIAGARA ST WILSON FARMS
    959 NIAGARA ST
    BUFFALO, NY 14213
    (716) 887-3801
  • METRO FOOD MART
    389 FILLMORE AVE
    BUFFALO, NY 14206
    (716) 853-7614
  • VALLEY TIRE C0.
    500 NEW BABCOCK ST
    BUFFALO, NY 14206
    (716) 856-7055
  • UNIQUE FOOD MART
    1624 WILLIAM ST
    BUFFALO, NY 14206
    (716) 896-5442
  • COLVIN Y G 25
    117-19 COLVIN BLVD
    BUFFALO, NY 14216
    (716) 838-3163
  • KWIK FILL #099
    2212 NIAGRA ST
    BUFFALO, NY 14207
    (716) 876-7741
Don’t live near any of these? There is probably a Citgo in your neck of the woods—there are 14,000 in the USA. There’s a store locator page at Citgo.com if you need help finding one. And no, nobody paid us for this—we just think it’s a damn good idea.
 
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