Latest rumor discovered by several arrived via email - - Venezuelan President Chavez owns Citgo, and gas station names are being changed to Petrol Express in an effort to cover El Presidente's ownership. After contextual info, the email continues with dollars spent at Petrol Express are dollars that will be used against Americans in the future.
The bottom line suggestion - - boycott Citgo and Petrol Express gas stations.
I noticed our local Citgo sign has come down, but has not been replaced by another. Given the historical tactics of Chavez, changing filling station names would definitely not be beyond his maneuvers. The fundamental question is, who or what owns Citgo?
According to a recent Knoxville News Sentinel post and other Google search results, Citgo is owned by the Venezuelan government, and thus controlled by Chavez. However, Petrol Express is an independent company free to buy their gas from whomever.
It appears Citgo station signs are coming down due to a nationwide boycott and loss of sales. Independent station owners are switching suppliers opting to buy from other companies minus the negative Chavez connotation.
Given the sticker shock price of gas, we should support companies void of questionable purse strings. The question then morphs to, who owns what?
I found a website that might hold a few answers, www.terrorfreeoil.com. Below is their partial list of "companies that finance terrorism by importing oil from the Middle East."
BP (Amoco, AM/PM, ARCO, Standard)
Chevron (Gulf, HydroTexaco, Texaco)
China national Petroleum Co.
ConocoPhillips (Conoco, Jet, Phillips 66, Union 76)
Murphy Oil Co
Pakistan State Oil
The Terror Free Oil Initiative website states their purpose is to educate and persuade Americans to not purchase gas from companies that finance terrorism through the sale of their oil.
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