Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen issued the following statement after press reports indicated that the Spanish oil conglomerate, Repsol, announced that it had found no oil in Cuban waters.
"Repsol's inability to find oil off of Cuba's northern coast is a blow to the dictatorship's desperate search to find other sources of revenue other than the billion dollar oil subsidies it receives from fellow tyrant Hugo Chavez. If true, it would be a serious setback to the Cuban regime's attempts to use oil as a lifeline to maintain its hold on power.
The Castros are fully aware that the lack of hard currency is sinking their already disastrous economy and with the prospect of a change in leadership in Venezuela, the dictators in Havana are in a state of chaotic paralysis.
Unfortunately, the Cuban people are not yet out of the woods as Malaysia's oil giant Petronas and Russia's Gazprom-Neft are next in line to use the oil rig to rape and pillage Cuba's natural resources. These companies don't care about the suffering of the Cuban people, their main concern is profits and their bottom line.
The Obama Administration looked the other way as Repsol aided the Cuban tyranny's dangerous scheme to become the oil barons of the Caribbean. This is why my colleagues and I have pending bills in Congress to do deny this option to the regime to finance their repression against the Cuban people."