There is no other than the radical change of the regime and the construction of a National Emergency Government, headed by the NA and Juan Guaidó, to achieve the recovery of the Venezuelan oil industry in the short or medium term to quickly restore the supply of gasoline, to end the environmental damage and to return the country to normal.
The parliamentarians who spoke in the extraordinary session of the NA, held on Tuesday, August 18, agreed on this approach discussing the crisis of the oil industry, the shortage of gasoline and the ecological disaster. All as a result of the negligence of Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
The debate was opened by Representative Carlos Andrés González, Vice-president of the Permanent Commission on Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change, who contrasted how in 1999 Venezuela was a developing country, with an oil industry that produced 3.4 million barrels a day, capable of supplying world markets and attending to the domestic market with gasoline and its derivatives, as well as the requirements of its productive economy, while today it is a shame for the country that it barely produces 300,000 barrels.
In terms of ecological damages he emphasized that PDVSA went from being the oil company with the lowest environmental liabilities in the world, to being the one that most pollutes the environment, with constant oil spills, the product of bad management, which affect seas, coasts, rivers and entire populations: “Not only must we be ashamed of Venezuela’s low oil production, but it is also the oil company that most pollutes the environment over the world.”
He ended by pointing out the obligation of the NA to give this debate, before the whole country, to rescue the main industry from this management that destroyed it and that has compromised the life and health of all Venezuelans. I will only recover under a National Emergency Government headed by the NA, that recovers it for the benefit of the whole country.
No more options for gasoline
For his part, Luis Stefanelli, member of the Energy and Petroleum Commission, said in parliament that the destruction and death of the national oil industry, which generates pollution and ecological crimes without any capacity to respond has become a recurring theme, even when it used to be that the industry was extremely jealous of this subject.
He said that the recent oil spill in Morrocoy is only one of hundreds that occur continuously but few have global repercussions as has happened with the one in Falcón.
He also described as a very serious fact, from the ecological point of view and evidence of the total collapse of PDVSA, that in Venezuela with a production of less than 400 thousand barrels of oil, 2 billion cubic feet of gas are burned every day, seriously affecting the environment. In this context, he pointed out that the example of Norway should be followed, which produces one million barrels a day and only burns 30 million cf.
Stefanelli concluded by warning that despite the Iranian technicians and catalysts brought by the regime, the refineries have not been able to start up and several accidents have occurred, just as the few financial exchanges of crude oil for fuel that Venezuela has performed are coming to an end. Consequently, he stated that the country is running out of options to fill up with gasoline, in the face of which there is no other alternative than a radical change of regime and the installation of a National Emergency Government.
Pollution is not the fault of the sanctions
Deyalitza Aray, deputy for Carabobo State, recalled that ecological disasters go back a long way and that since 2018 the spill generated at El Palito refinery is being followed up in the context of indifference, corruption and the dismantling of a refining complex that was once the pride of the Venezuelan people.
She pointed out to the regime that it is not the fault of the empire nor of its sanctions that the beaches, coasts and marine bays of the country are poluted with hydrocarbons, nor is it that of the population that succumbs to the endless queues of whole days and weeks to fill up the vehicles with gasoline.
“It is the fault of those who have turned Venezuela into a personal petty cash box and into the Cinderella of a nefarious regime in decadence like Castro’s, which have managed, in the stupidity of those who represent the Socialism of the 21st Century, to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs and the oxygen that guarantees their survival.
Before this scenario, she stated that the interim president, Juan Guaidó, courageously assumes the commitment to rescue of the oil industry to guarantee the quality of life of the citizens.
It is necessary institutional continuity with Guaidó
In the name of Causa R, Americo De Grazia, deputy for Bolivar State, stressed that this debate has taken place countless times, before, during and after the tacit bankruptcy and mortgage of PDVSA, the once most powerful industry in Venezuela and among the most powerful in the world. He was adamant that that the people who destroyed it, mortgaged it and gave it to criminal hands cannot be trustees of its stability or refurbishment.
In his opinion, today more than ever, the recovery of the republic is posed from the elements at hand: the gold kept in London, in the hands of the legitimate AN and the legitimate government of Juan Guaidó, as well as Citgo, Monómeros del Caribe and the international CVG.
“Venezuela has never been an importer of oil, nor of gasoline, that is why those who took this away from us cannot benefit from the national trust. Those who broke the iron and aluminum industry cannot be the guarantors of industrialization, nor of the country’s progress”, remarked the parliamentarian.
Furthermore, he warned of the need to take actions and make provisions to guarantee institutional continuity of the NA and the National Emergency Government, presided over by Juan Guaidó, in order to lead the country along the necessary democratic paths of freedom, democracy and transparency.