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Palast: You have two problems it seems. You have pressure from the outside, from the last remaining superpower, and internally from the upper classes. From the outside, isn't it true that the reason you're in hot water with the United States is over the issue of oil?

Chávez: I wouldn't like to believe that, in any case you are stating a hypothesis. I have many friends in the United States that I have have won over because of my fight over oil prices. Those are the American oil producers, who are also affected by a very low price of oil. When I go to Houston and visit them, in Texas, or Lake Charles, or any other oil town in the States, they applaud me, because a fair price of oil is also good for them.