Socialism creates fuel shortages in Venezuela

Wall Street Journal:
Venezuelans’ Latest Woe: Gas Lines That Last for Days on End

Despite vast crude reserves, residents brave endless waits at risk of criminal attack to get gasoline

Teresa Aray hunkered down in her car at nightfall recently, one of hundreds of motorists waiting for gasoline in a mileslong line in the eastern city of Puerto Ordaz.

Ms. Aray had locked her doors and hidden her cellphone and keys. She was barely able to sleep, fearing rampant street crime. Other drivers gripped rocks and pipes for protection, in one further indication that Venezuela, once a great oil power, has descended into chaos.

Despite having the world’s largest crude reserves, the country is running out of fuel. An already devastating humanitarian crisis risks becoming much worse as the oil industry crumbles and U.S. sanctions targeting Caracas’s cash-strapped authoritarian regime kick in.

For Ms. Aray, a 36-year-old street vendor, leaving the line wasn’t an option. She needed to fill up so she could transport her husband, who is unable to walk after taking a bullet during a carjacking 13 years earlier. After about 24 hours in line, she finally was able to get some gas.
Democrat policies could do the same to this country if Americans make the mistake of electing them.
Most of them are anti-energy extremists who want to plunder America's wealth to waste on their vote buying schemes.


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