HEATING AID IN JEOPARDY: Citizens Energy President Joseph P. Kennedy II, above, says his calls to Venezuela seeking free oil have gone unanswered this winter, fueling fears he can’t count on the country, post-Hugo Chavez, to support his oil-for-the-poor program.
by Matt Stout, The Boston Herald, Saturday, January 11, 2014
Revelations that ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II’s annual call for heating oil help from Venezuela has gone unanswered couldn’t have come at a worse time, says one community advocate, who warned that the potentially dry pipeline is yet another setback for families “hit from all sides” this frigid winter.
“This is the point where the Kennedy program would have been in place and helped to get people through a week or two. There’s just not enough resources around,” said John J. Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, which works with Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Corp. to connect hundreds of low-income households with heating oil at a time of year when other benefits run out.