Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Venezuelan Oil Sector: Biden Lifts Sanctions

by Peter Zeihan on October 30, 2023

The Biden administration has suspended some sanctions on the Venezuelan oil industry thanks to Maduro’s (ever-so) slight easing of political restrictions. While this may pump some air back into the lungs of the oil sector, it will take a lot more to get Venezuela back to significant levels.

The history of Venezuelan crude is about as thick and complex as its dino juice. Back in the day, the US built infrastructure to accommodate the viscous crude coming from the south. Once that crude became unreliable (in more than one way), the US closed the door on those imports.

Now that some sanctions have been lifted, we’ll likely see some more steady flows of Venezuelan crude into the system…but it will take much more foreign investment and reestablishing of trust and reliability to revive the Venezuelan oil sector.

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