In case you missed it, there was another nationwide blackout eleven days ago which caught Nicolas Maduro offguard right in the middle of a cadena broadcast. This new failure in the power grid wasn’t the only problem recently: the people of Maturin lost all electricity for almost an entire week thanks to “hurricane-like winds” that took out six towers. Earlier, Barcelona went through the same thing for at least two days. And even Caracas is getting more used to power failures.
Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon tried to assuage fears by assuring State newspaper Correo del Orinoco that they’re prepared for what’s coming…
Sadly for him, this interview came hours before the third major blackout in a year, so… it didn’t help him much.
This blackout has triggered a bigger problem for the Electricity Minister: The workers of CORPOELEC (both pro-government and pro-opposition) have just about had enough: They have declared themselves in state of emergency because of the lack of safety and unpaid work benefits. They’re also demanding Chacón be sacked from his post.
If you are a frequent reader of CC, you may have noticed that the electrical crisis is one of the most frequent themes I write about. After years and years, it seems the overall picture is getting worse, and as friend of the blog wrote recently for The Daily Beast, the government is simply running out of culprits to blame (from excessive demand to opposition sabotage to hurricanes to wild animals). This recent blackout has put the ongoing electrical crisis in a brand new light.Daniel Lansberg Rodriguez