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Chavez Extends Easter – To Save Energy

From BBC News:

Chavez extends Venezuela Easter holiday to save energy

March 25, 2010

President Hugo Chavez has added three days to Venezuela’s Easter holiday to deal with a growing energy crisis.

The move – which will close government and public offices – means most Venezuelans will have a seven-day break starting on 1 April.

Mr Chavez said the aim of the measure was not to encourage "laziness, but to save energy."

Caracas says a drought has dropped water reserves at Venezuela’s main hydroelectric dam to critical levels.

The opposition says lack of investment and inefficiency in the energy sector have contributed to the crisis.

Many business leaders have warned that industrial production could be disrupted.

Mr Chavez rejects these claims, accusing his critics of exaggerating the crisis – or even planning to sabotage the power grid ahead of parliamentary elections planned in September.

The president last month signed a decree declaring an "electricity emergency" to tackle power shortages.

Under the decree, energy users who consume more than 500 kilowatt-hours per month must reduce their consumption by at least 10% or face a 75% price rise.

Industrial users were also ordered to cut their usage by 20% or face sanctions.

Although Venezuela has big oil reserves, it is dependent on hydro-electricity for some 70% of its power.

Mr. Chavez’s actions sound eerily like those recently announced for Los Angeles.

Except that the mayor there is jacking up the electrical rates to fight ‘global warming.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Chavez Extends Easter – To Save Energy”

  1. U NO HOO says:

    I’m going to ramble.

    It seems to me that Godless dictators who want the best for the people make the people suffer in this life so they go to heaven in the next life.

    If you get the irony.

  2. Right of the People says:

    I guess I’m stupid or something. How does a country with all that oil have an electricity shortage? Even if they didn’t have their own refineries I sure they could make a deal with someone to get it refined to diesel to run generators in a worst case scenario.

    This is what happens when you let a moron like Chavez run something bigger than a car wash.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t worrry ROP.

      Chavez is living quite well, thankyewverymuch.

    • JohnMG says:

      Not to be outdone RotP, we’ve got a moron of our very own who makes Chavez look like an elder statesman……or like Jimmy Carter, at least. (I almost said ‘home-grown’, but the jury’s still out on that one.)

      As for extending the Easter holiday……..why not extend it all the way to Thanksgiving. Think of the savings…..

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    Maybe Arnold Schwarzenegger can call the furloughs “unpaid holidays” and the greedy, grasping, public employee unions will accept it.

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