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Why is a Venezuelan Oil Co. Helping Alaskans...
So where is Sarah Palin now??? I know this post may piss off those Sarah Palin fans including those I call friends, BUT if you can read this story and tell me WHY In Alaska with all of Palin's "feel good messages" of how shes got it all together, that Alaskans are still paying the highest in the Nation for oil and seeking Venezuelan's Help, a country that is need themselves! Venezuela likely to offer free fuel to Alaskans again Alex DeMarban/The Arctic Sounder Published Friday, November 28, 2008 A Venezuelan oil company has once again said it will provide 100 gallons of free heating fuel for thousands of Alaskans, according to an official with the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council. But Steve Osborne, executive director for the tribal organization, cautioned that the gift wasn’t guaranteed. Osborne got a call from Citgo executive Andres Rangel on Nov. 11, he said. Rangel told Osborne the fuel help was coming. But the two sides haven’t signed a contract. “I don’t want to raise false expectations,” Osborne said. Still, a deal could be struck soon, he said. A Citgo spokesman would not comment. The assistance in Alaska began two years ago and is part of the oil company’s larger and controversial effort to provide subsidized heating fuel to poor communities in much of the country. Last year, the national program cost Citgo more than $147 million, according to news accounts. Critics have blasted the donations as a political ploy by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez — his government owns Citgo. They charge that he’s trying to embarrass the Bush administration for ignoring struggling Americans. Many recipients in rural Alaska, where heating fuel prices double and triple the national average, have said they aren’t concerned about the gift’s political implications. They’re just happy for the help. Last year alone, Citgo provided the aid to more than 15,000 homes in 160 Alaska Native communities, saving each household hundreds of dollars. The assistance is needed more than ever this winter, Osborne said. Though fuel prices have dropped sharply throughout the country and in Alaska’s urban areas, the state’s off-road villages haven’t benefited, he said. That’s because most villages bought their fuel this summer, when global prices soared. They won’t get a break until rivers melt and fuel barges begin arriving in late spring. In the last year, some villages have seen fuel prices double, Osborne said. Many rural Alaskans fork over more than $7 a gallon for heating fuel. Some have reported paying more than $9 a gallon. Nationally, homeowners will pay an average of $2.75 a gallon for heating fuel this winter, a 17 percent drop from last winter, according to the Energy Information Administration. In rural Alaska, the situation can be desperate. Two years ago, an elder in the Kotzebue region died in her home of exposure to the cold — the space heater wasn’t warm enough, Osborne said. “We hear the tragic stories almost daily,” he said. On the positive side, Citgo’s assistance has been put to good use, Osborne said. A survey conducted by AITC, which represents more than 200 tribes in Alaska, found that the fuel help freed up money, allowing people to spend more on other essentials, especially subsistence hunting and fishing. This year, there’s been talk that Citgo might end the program in Alaska, in part because the Venezuelan government has been busy helping other countries recover from hurricanes. Osborne said AITC is working hard to make sure the program continues in Alaska. Shortly after he got the phone call, AITC asked the regional nonprofits that help administer the program to round up information that Citgo will need to provide the assistance, such as fuel prices in each village. If the help does arrive — it will come in the form of vouchers that villagers redeem at local fuel distributors — residents will see the benefits by the coldest winter months, Osborne said.Oil 4/21/2008
Today is my 25 1/2 birthday (give or take a couple of days.) My life is running like a well-oiled machine. On the farm we use a lot of oil based products from the gloves I'm wearing to the buckets to the 2 stroke oil for the blower or hydraulic oil by the barrel. The task here was to pump hydraulic oil out of the barrel on the floor into the barrel on the rack. My dad, the craftsman, is responsible for building this system. The pump sits on a wheeled cart just in front of my legs. It has a pan for draining used oil from machines. From that holding pan it can be pumped into waste containers. By changing a couple of valves I'm able to pump from the barrel instead of the pan. I believe my father was inspired to make this contraption by visiting a display booth at the farm show in Louisville, probably when I was about 10 1/4. The rack above my head holds 4 barrels (2 are cut out of the picture) which we use to store 15w40 motor oil (2 barrels), hydraulic oil, and anti-freeze. Each one has a hose (and vent) running down to easy reaching level. We probably use about 2 barrels of motor oil per year.
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