Do you want to see what a world without fossil fuels would look like? Look no further than the current state of Venezuela, where they are currently experiencing the longest recorded blackout for a developed nation.
Even the New York Times, despite the Venezuelan government’s constant promise that everything is okay and the power will return soon, reports that there’s “no end in sight”. This is mainly due to the fact that Maduro does not seem to have a plan for restoring power aside from trying to restart the Guri hydroelectric plant, which every attempt leads to something else breaking and the problem only getting worse, but the regime does not even seem to be trying to accumulate the resources to restore power in the first place.
The NYT reports: “Sporadic looting and spontaneous protests. Desperate patients begging doctors to be kept alive. Residents bracing for wider attacks on markets and restaurants after the sun goes down…”
They also report that no one knows exactly what caused the blackout in the first place, but sabotage has been ruled out.
Like I said, the Maduro regime has been trying to restart the Guri hydroelectric plant, but every attempt leads them to an even worse situation than the one they went into.
“After analyzing power levels across the country, Mr. Aguilar, who consults reinsurance companies on Venezuela’s power sector, said the government has tried to restart Guri four times since the start of the blackout on Thursday. The latest attempt led to the explosion of a secondary substation near Guri on Saturday. ‘Every time they attempt to restart, they fail and the disruption breaks something else in the system, destabilizing the grid yet further,’ said Mr. Aguilar. ‘Obviously, they are hiding something from us,’ he said of the government,” reported the NYT.
Sky News also reported on the blackout, reporting of the markets with rotting food, people looking for hot spots where they can get a signal on their phones and long lines of people waiting outside of stores merely hoping they will open eventually.
And this is on top of the fact that the hyperinflation in the country makes it so that people hardly have any money to buy anything. The Venezuelan currency is so garbage that people are accepting American dollars and Euros in exchange for the scarce and now worsening products.
And that’s just those lucky enough to not be in the hospital.
“Venezuela’s hospitals, already struggling with shortages of supplies and equipment amid an economic meltdown, entered crisis mode on Thursday when the South American nation’s power system went down,” reported Reuters.
“Public hospitals typically have generators to provide back-up electricity in the event of an outage, but doctors consulted by Reuters said they were either damaged or idled for lack of fuel. Julio Castro of the non-governmental organization Doctors for Health says the blackouts have stretched Venezuelan hospitals to the breaking point. The group says at least 21 people have died in public hospitals during the outage.”
By the way, as a little side note, you know your country has some serious health problems if there’s an organization called “Doctors for Health” as though they would be for anything else. It’s like having an organization called “Mechanics for Car Repairs”.
The situation in Venezuela was already pretty horrible just by the fact that socialism has been so well and faithfully implemented. Again, hospitals were already struggling before. Markets hardly had anything before. People barely had money before. But all of this is turned up to 11 when a nationwide blackout, what is essentially considered a national disaster, occurs.
Venezuela does not have the infrastructure to sustain such a national disaster. And we can very clearly see just what it would be like to live in a world without fossil fuels: hospitals have no power, looters have a better chance to loot, food markets have heavily-shortened expiration dates for their foods without refrigeration, communications services are rendered almost completely useless and overall a bad situation gets worse.
It’s that last point, the one about services being made useless, that I think can really reach a younger audience who seems to be allured by the Green New Deal and socialism altogether. As such, allow me to reach younger audiences with language that they are sure to understand: no fossil fuels means no memes. It means no anime services functioning, no Fortnite servers running (or any online game for that matter), no Twitter to go online to complain, no Instagram to post selfies in the dark, no Netflix to binge watch shows, no YouTube to watch Pewdiepie... you get the idea.
What we are currently seeing in Venezuela (and I will share the video from Sky News down below) is a country that has effectively regressed to the Middle Ages, only with cars that will eventually no longer be able to run because there’s no fuel, depending on how long this blackout lasts and whether or not other countries bring some fuel of their own (and yes, I know very well that Venezuela is rich in oil, but without power, they can’t dig into their own supplies).
It’s a society that has been forced to live how we tend to picture the Soviets having lived under communism. But even then, the Soviets at least had fuel and zero damns to give about the environment.
It was already hard enough to live under socialism in Venezuela, but it’s now even harder due to this blackout. This tells me Venezuela was certainly not prepared at all to withstand something like this. Before socialism, I have no doubt in my mind they’d be able to withstand it. Of course, during a blackout, food would still begin going bad without refrigeration and many other things would go down too, but the system in place would be better prepared to handle it.
But since Venezuela was a hot mess even without a blackout, such an event puts the entire country on its knees… except maybe for Maduro, since he probably still lives at least relatively comfortably.
This is a nightmarish situation for the people of Venezuela. And it’s yet another reminder of just why so many people choose to escape from socialism/communism and flee to the United States. When we have blackouts here, they usually get taken care of pretty quickly, at least within a day or two at most, and it certainly does not make international news. Granted, part of it is the fact that the United States is really big and there are different power grids in different areas powered by different things (California’s windmills come to mind as a difference between them and other States) so there’s almost no chance that there will be a nationwide blackout, but still.
This blackout has forced Venezuela into the Middle Ages. That tells you just how bad the situation there was if this is all it took to do that.
This is yet another lesson to stay as far away as possible from socialism. Its system really does not allow for major disasters to be relieved relatively easily.
2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.”
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