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On Oct. 25, a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel discussed some of the environmental damage taking place in Venezuela, which has been led since 1999 by socialist Hugo Chavez and, after Chavez’s death in 2013, socialist Nicolás Maduro. Sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), much of the event focused on the damage caused by Venezuela’s offshore oil drilling, which has caused many under- or unreported spills, including near vulnerable coral reefs at the marine Morrocoy National Park, as well as drilling in Lake Maracaibo. According to Eduardo Klein, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar University, oil spills are “very lightly taken” in the country, in part because the industry is under government control via the state-owned oil company, PDVSA. Klein added that Venezuela partners with companies and countries, including Russia and Vietnam, with poor environmental records. Klein …