Despite paying as much as $7.25/gallon a number of indigenous villages in Alaska have rejected donations from Venezuela to buy heating oil on the grounds that "no foreigner has the right to call their president 'the devil.'"
150 other villages have accepted the oil. Venezuela normally provides oil to those in poverty through Citgo. Citgo does not operate in Alaska so over $5 million was sent to local charities to pay for 100 gallons of heating oil for about 12,000 homes.
Many of the villages say they have no choice with temperatures of -15 and high levels of poverty and unemployment. Local media has been expressing embarrassment that citizens of the oil producing state must look to foreign help to survive.