Venezuela's oil exports to the US fall in 2013
Preliminary data shows an 8.3% setback in oil shipments
Preliminary statistics from the US Department of Energy reveals that oil exports to the US in January-June this year totaled 754,000 barrels per day, down 8.3% from 823,000 bpd in 2012.
The US has cut oil imports from Venezuela from a peak of 13.06 million barrels in 2006 to 10.59 million barrels in 2012, an 18.9 drop. Concomitantly, the US has raised local oil output from 5.07 million bpd in 2007 to an average of 7.18 million bpd in 2013.
Except for a slight decline in 2002-2003, oil exports to the US averaged 1.5 million bpd in the first decade of the 21st century.
In 2010, Venezuela shipped 988,000 bpd to the US and 951,000 bpd in 2011. In 2012, oil sales remained virtually unchanged, with shipments amounting to 952,000 barrels per day, according to the Department of Energy.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.