March 26, 2009 6:40 AM

Venezuela's free heating oil about to flow in Alaska villages

And the sooner the better, say many villagers and rural nonprofits who appear more concerned about their towering energy bills than international politics. Opponents see the fuel program as a political ploy by Venezuela's socialist president, Hugo Chavez, to make the United States look bad. But some Alaskans count on the extra fuel.

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