Home | About | Donate

Instability Mounts in Puerto Rico Amid Privatization Efforts and Power Authority's Cash Shortfall

Instability Mounts in Puerto Rico Amid Privatization Efforts and Power Authority's Cash Shortfall

Julia Conley, staff writer

As nearly 250,000 Puerto Ricans remain without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck the island territory—the longest blackout in U.S. history—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said Sunday it will reduce its operating reserve to save money, as the island's government moves toward privatizing the authority.

3 Likes

This applies to all of the disaster areas across the country for the last year. Hurricanes, fires, floods and landslides are laying waste to America while the rich get richer. Global warming denial is causing us great harm and our government is working in the opposite direction. Makes a whole lotta sense, doesn’t it?

1 Like

Disaster capitalism is what happens when the criminal elite are in charge. Face it, the US is run by gangsters. Stop voting for gangsters.

7 Likes

And it could be worse. Here is an article about Saipan, another US territory and duty free port.

2 Likes

Hurricane Irma was a cat 5 when it hit Cuba. Cuba was devastated by the storm and over 1 million people had been evacuated prior to landfall. Within 2 weeks 70 percent of all power was restored and the remainder came online shortly after that.

No Private firms were involved,

The GDP of the USA is close to 20 trillion dollars and it advertises itself as the richest country in history. The GDP of Cuba is 87 billion.

Perhaps rather then looking to the US Government and Private industry to restore power in Puerto Rico, The USA should request some of those Government workers from Cuba come over and help.

This is an embarassment.

12 Likes

Government of, by and for the investor class! Disaster capitalists , vulture funds and militarists are close to a complete coup. Meanwhile, the ill-informed Public-at-large is alternately frightened of boogey-men on one hand, and titillated by obsession with sports and celebrity sexual shenanigans on the other. And the bombs fall, and the drone toys spit death…and the Republic of representative Democracy fades into the rearview mirror, as the ship of state bears onward toward the rocks.

7 Likes

This is the plan! This is not ineptitude. It is intentional!

3 Likes

There ain’t much left is there?

1 Like

Oh so very well said, thanks.

1 Like

I suppose it could be worse, it’s not too far removed from CA or the east coast, they aren’t duty free as far as I know. I don’t get around much so I really don’t know.

1 Like

Have all the people in PR decide these things instead of politicians, business and unions. The public does not need to be led like sheep. All the information they need to decide is online as well as the easiest, fastest and most secure encrypted system of voting right on their cell phones. They may decide to have a decentralized system of government, state run, private or a combination of services depending on their situation.

Que el pueblo decida!

No question the US could learn a lot about govt.,healthcare, and agriculture from Cuba. We would have to get over our socialism phobia first.

6 Likes

Thanks, Dan!

Thank you! Good to hear from you. Hang in there friend.

I think out of sight out of mind. At least Puerto Rico has a little more protection. The US is scandalous.

Hey, I get by with a little help from my friends :-)))

1 Like

So weird to see it written like that “US”, I guess we are included. Damn :frowning: :slight_smile:

1 Like

Is neophite governor Rossello just naive or a disaster capitalist wannabe?

It wasn’t meant to be personal, but collectively we do seem to be at a crossroads. :slight_smile:

The public is already deciding by doing nothing about the continued power outages and private takeover of the Puerto Rican grid. We have to find a way together to help the Puerto Ricans reclaim their grid as we all do the same. If it takes a revolution, so be it. Just know it has to be peaceful.