The US curbs dependence on foreign oil
Canada and Mexico outweigh Venezuela as US energy suppliers
The US is holding on Tuesday a presidential race where the oil-related proposals made by Democrats and Republicans hardly defer.
The US keeps on curbing its dependence on imported oil to meet two of its goals: consolidating both domestic non-conventional hydrocarbon production and oil supply from two strategic allies, Canada and Mexico; and reducing dependence on unreliable overseas energy sources.
In this scenario, the hostility of the Venezuelan Government towards Washington has turned Venezuela into a problem rather than a solution (regarding energy), explained economist and former director of state-run oil company Pdvsa José Toro Hardy.
"There may not be much difference between Republicans and Democrats on oil policy with respect to Venezuela. This is mainly due to the drop in Venezuela's oil exports to the US and even more because of Venezuela's policy. The US is concern about its dependence on foreign oil. That explains why it has fostered its oil relations with Canada and has designed a project including an oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico," Toro Hardy asserted.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.