19 thoughts on “Puerto Rico, still no electricity

  1. Doesn’t Puerto Rico’s electric company have their own electrical engineers to repair their own powerlines ? Why does the government of Puerto Rico have to bring in outside contractors?

    The Philippines get typhoons at least 24 times a year…. in fact we were there on vacation when we experienced a super strong typhoon . There were blackouts everywhere the next day…. the whole city of Manila was without power for 2 days. But just 2 days. Maybe it’s because the Philiippines is used to this kind of natural disaster . They say the people there eat disasters for breakfast, and therefore , are always prepared to face these natural calamities, most especially , electric companies that employ competent, experienced repairmen.


  2. Our Revolution

    Having just returned to my home in Iowa after spending 40 days in Vieques, Puerto Rico, I am thankful for electricity, running water you can drink and internet connectivity.

    Now a full two months after Hurricane Maria obliterated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, most of the Commonwealth’s 3.5 million American citizens will celebrate this Thanksgiving without power or water.

    What began as a climate change fueled natural disaster has become a man-made humanitarian crisis because of the Trump administration’s callous disregard for the lives of our citizens.

    There is no doubt in my mind that if Puerto Rico were home to multinational fossil fuel headquarters or the wealthy estates of the vulture capitalists behind their crippling debt crisis, the lights would be on by now. But in Donald Trump’s world, the lives of Puerto Ricans and Virgin Islanders don’t count.

    Fortunately, despite Trump’s indifference, heroes are emerging through the thankless work of private citizens working around the clock to save lives. I saw these heroes firsthand — doctors and nurses treating medical patients in outdoor tents because the hospital on Vieques had been destroyed… volunteers going house to house to make sure elderly residents and families had food and water… US veterans toiling to get generators working to power the island’s water supply and sewage treatment.

    And while the Washington politicians ignore this crisis, local political leaders are stepping up… Vieques Vice Mayor Daisy Cruz has been tirelessly overseeing the municipality’s emergency response with a mission to get the island’s schools reopened and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz has become a forceful voice for justice.

    And our very own Sen. Bernie Sanders came to San Juan — not to brag and throw toilet paper at Puerto Ricans as Trump did — but to simply listen and learn.

    The heroes of Puerto Rico’s and the U.S. Virgin Islands’ recovery still need our help. Please consider making a donation this Thanksgiving to help relief efforts.

    By working together we can do right by our fellow citizens.

    In solidarity,

    Robert Becker
    Former Iowa Director, Bernie 2016
    Our Revolution member

    603 2ND ST, NE
    WASHINGTON, DC, 20002


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