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Voice of America 15 May 2020

Plummeting Fuel Demand Hits US Farms as Planting Season Begins



In 2018, the United States exported about 1.7 billion gallons of ethanol to more than 80 countries. That amount is expected to drop this year, a troubling sign for U.S. farmers beginning a planting season.

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Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world. But it has been suffering an unprecedented fuel crisis due to widespread shortages at petrol stations.

The government blames international sanctions. But it is just the latest episode of the country's economic collapse that has caused millions to leave and led to international bodies, such as the UN, calling it one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis for a country not in conflict.

The fuel crisis has been so acute that even funeral homes are struggling to transport bodies to the cemetery.
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