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Big oil companies spent heavily in November elections to defeat initiatives seeking to tax carbon emissions in Washington state, restrict drilling in Colorado, and mandate renewable energy use in Arizona. But in New Mexico, voters still opted for Garcia Richard after Chevron Corp gave $2.35 million and other oil companies including Occidental Petroleum Corp, Devon Energy and Marathon Oil Corp each gave at least $20,000 to a group opposing her election. Chevron’s contributions favored “candidates who promote the responsible development of oil and natural gas resources,” said spokeswoman Veronica Flores-Paniagua. Devon backed candidates “who understand that our industry serves as the backbone of New Mexico’s economy,” spokesman John Porretto said in an email burberry cufflinks black.

Energy companies should expect a tougher view of the industry next year “that would certainly make it more expensive to drill,” said Larry Scott, owner of oil and gas investor Lynx Petroleum and a Republican state legislator from Hobbs, New Mexico. The outgoing Republican administration created a “a pent-up demand for progressive and liberal legislation” that energy companies will soon experience, he said. “There probably are changes on the horizon,” said Mike Miller, a Portales, N.M., resident who works for industry group Permian Basin Petroleum Association. The new administration and legislature “philosophically probably have some differences with our industry, but we just need to work with them in the framework and be patient.” burberry cufflinks black.

SAN JOSE DE BARLOVENTO, Venezuela (Reuters) – Venezuela cocoa trader Freddy Galindo has battled highway robberies, kidnappings of family members and declining quality in his 19 years exporting the nation’s legendary beans. This year’s harvest brought a new worry: meddling by the socialist government burberry cufflinks black. He said trucks filled with beans leaving his warehouse in central Venezuela were stopped by soldiers at checkpoints and held for days; drivers were forced to unload some cargos at government warehouses. Galindo claims that some 87 tonnes of his cocoa, worth about $130,000, were missing when the trucks were finally released..

Other traders here in Miranda state, Venezuela’s No. 2 producing region, have reported similar delays and confiscations in recent months. Government officials say the checkpoints are meant to nab cocoa thieves, and that some beans have been seized by the state to settle owners’ delinquent tax bills. But the confrontations have unnerved growers and traders who fear their industry is being targeted for a government takeover. Officials are “putting pressure on private businesses to deliver them goods at no cost,” said Galindo, owner of Comercializadora Freyra in the hamlet of San Jose de Barlovento, as workers around him packed dry, reddish brown cocoa beans into burlap sacks burberry cufflinks black. He said he was given no explanation for the seizure of his cocoa..

Nationalization has crippled Venezuela’s oil and manufacturing sectors as well as agricultural industries including coffee and sugar. The private sector still controls most of the cocoa trade. But with crude output collapsing amid an economic crisis, the government has increased its emphasis on alternative export industries such as cocoa and gold. Miranda state this year established a government-run company where farmers can sell their beans for export. It has exported 500 tonnes of cocoa so far, according to Miranda Governor Hector Rodriguez, around 5 percent of the country’s annual exports burberry cufflinks black.