Due to a nationwide strike
aimed at forcing out its president, Venezuela, the world's fifth-largest
oil exporter, must import fuel to their own use. As truckers and
motorists line up at fueling stations, reports this week say Brazil
will ship 520,000 barrels of fuel to Venezuela by the weekend.
The strike, now almost a
month old, continues to paralyze Venezuela's petroleum industry,
which usually supplies the United States with 14 percent of its
oil and is a top supplier of home heating oil to the U.S. The drop
of export orders is reportedly depriving Venezuela of $50 million
a day in revenue.
According to AP reports,
Dominican Republic said it would send food as a partial payment
for oil it has received in the past and Colombia may send milk and
Venezuelan labor, business
and political leaders launched the strike on Dec. 2 with the intent
to topple President Hugo Chavez, a man they blame for the nation's
serious state of recession. They want him to resign and have demanded
an early election.