Wanna Guess How Many Times Venezuela’s Electrical Grid Failed In 2019? Hint: Answer Is Almost Six Digits
Back in March, Venezuela suffered one of its longest and worst blackouts, plunging the Latin American country into darkness and basically sending it back into the Middle Ages.
As a result of this blackout, an advocacy group was created, The Committee for the Affected by Blackouts, and said committee recently made an announcement counting the number of times the socialist country’s electrical grid failed just in this calendar year alone.
The answer? The electrical grid failed 80,700 times just in 2019 alone. That’s 80,700 times that people in Venezuela had to endure blackouts as a result of the atrocious socialist policies that dominate the country in the span of a single year.
According to Venezuelan news outlet “Runrun.es”, “In 2019, 80,700 electrical failures were counted nationwide, which means that those that occurred the previous year were doubled, in accordance with the statement made by Aixa Lopez, president of the Blackout Affected Committee.”
Forgive the broken English (that will be more prevalent as we go along), as the original was, of course, in Spanish, and this comes as a result of Google Translate.
Aixa Lopez, the aforementioned president of the committee, noted that one particular national power plant, the El Guri Hydroelectric Power Plant, was culpable for many of the blackouts throughout the country. Lopez said: “We come from nine blackouts nationwide and what has been recurring in these nine blackouts? That it is the El Guri Hydroelectric Power Plant where the problem arises… Plantacentro [the plant’s administrators] must contribute 2,600 megawatts to the system and since 2018, we have been warning that Plantacentro is contributing 385 megawatts to the system and this month it has zero.”
Lopez also explained that, while Caracas enjoys greater (though not guaranteed) electrical stability (largely because that is where Maduro lives and he can’t stand to live without electricity, though he forces his people to do so), the rest of the country experiences around three or four blackouts PER DAY.
“There is no sabotage here, gentlemen. We have 10 years studying [sic] the SEN because it affects our quality of life. Without electricity, there is no progress, we cannot work, banks, points, elevators, transport chaos [sic] does not work, then we have to focus on seeing what is happening and unfortunately the national government has not taken the necessary corrective measures so that the SEN can provide this energy that we all need,” said Lopez in a statement.
Now, ignoring the broken English (again, Google Translate), there are a couple of points I want to discuss. First, Lopez mentions that there was “no sabotage”. The reason for this is that Maduro, being the socialist that he is, does not blame himself or the socialist system for the blackouts.
Instead, the socialist despot blames the United States, specifically Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), for the country’s blackouts, saying that they are the result of “hacking” and “electrical war”.
Back during the March blackout, Maduro wrote: “The electrical war announced and directed by the imperialist United States against our people will be defeated!” And following the blackout, Maduro said the following on national television: “The cruel attack that the U.S. empire has carried out against the electrical system has been defeated and progressively reversed, thanks to the effort of Venezuelan experts and hackers who are working hard to restore tranquility to People.”
I don’t think I even need to explain why this is utter bull crap coming from this guy. But it’s notable nonetheless because this is just what socialists/communists do: blame others for their failures.
The socialist system of Venezuela has forced millions of Venezuelans to live like it’s 1780 and Maduro blames this not on himself or the actual system – the actual culprits – but on the U.S., as though we somehow hacked the electrical grid of the entire country.
Lopez already explained how one particular power plant was producing far less than it should, if it even produces at all, in order to be effective and functional. THAT is the reason for the blackouts, but I don’t think I need to go into too much detail to explain why Maduro is lying his butt off here.
Again, the point isn’t that he is lying, but that this is just what socialists/communists do: whatever problem exists, it’s not their fault. It’s someone else’s fault, be it a lower-ranked individual (who subsequently gets executed for “treason”), or an entirely different country. The Venezuelan people are starving and dying, not because of the “great and brilliant” Maduro and his “fantastic and just” socialist policies, but because the U.S., particularly one U.S. Senator, launched an “electrical war” against the grid of the country.
The worst part, though, is that many people (at least, plenty in the U.S), might actually come to believe that. I mean, there are people here in the States who believe Venezuela and Cuba are failed socialist/communist states, not because that’s what the idiotic and dangerous ideology brings, but because “the CIA” caused them to be this way. It’s denialism at its worst and those who profess such conspiracy theories are severely lacking in the upstairs department.
The other point I wanted to discuss from Lopez’s quote is with regard to the fact that there “is no progress” without electricity and that people can’t work. Again, this is just what socialism brings. People physically are unable to work because of the failed state that socialist Venezuela is.
Now, do you want to know something else that I find pretty interesting and disgustingly ironic? Reuters had a story recently that talked about how the Venezuelan government set up Christmas lights in major Venezuelan cities.
Unsurprisingly, this caused many to be outraged, noting how inappropriate it is for the cities to set up Christmas lights when they chronically suffer from blackouts.
One truck driver even told Reuters: “How can they spend all this money lighting up the entrance to the bridge when the rest of the bridge is dark?” The truck driver was referencing how a bridge in Maracaibo City was elegantly decorated with Christmas lights, but the bridge lacked actual street lights for cars to use.
One irate Venezuelan Twitter user tweeted: “Christmas came to the Guaire River and its feces, better representation of what Venezuela is today, impossible. The revolution lighting the s**t that Venezuelans have to eat every day.” (Again, please forgive the broken English).
Another user noted how “The amount of Christmas lights they are placing on the Guaire River at the height of Las Mercedes is grotesque. They use up to trucks and Corpoelec personnel for installation. That is a slap in the face of millions of people who suffer blackouts on a daily basis.”
Certainly, such a display could be considered (with very good reason) a slap in the face. Setting up Christmas lights in places that are not even lit up is a massive middle finger to the Venezuelan people, while the fat cat Maduro enjoys plenty of electricity in his own home.
Not only does socialism bring about such suffering and pain (and more), it brings with it a dictator who will boldly lie to his citizens and even mock them. The guy is not even the legitimate president of the country anymore, but because he’s a socialist dictator, he has refused to leave office and the military is on his side.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: socialism is a cancer in this world.
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