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Venezuela faces risk of electricity collapse

January 10, 2010

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— Venezuela is at risk of a devastating power collapse as drought pushes water levels precariously low in the country’s biggest hydroelectric dam, posing a serious political threat for President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez on Friday said his government is determined to keep Guri Dam from falling to a critical level where the turbines start to fail in the next several months. He has also imposed rationing measures that include penalty fees for energy overuse, shorter workdays for many public employees and reduced hours for shopping malls.

The entire South American country of 28 million people depends to a large degree on the massive Guri Dam, which holds back the Caroni River in southeastern Bolivar state. It supplies 73 percent of the country’s electricity by feeding the massive Guri hydroelectric plant — the world’s third-largest in power output — along with two other smaller plants.

Chavez said that the dam’s water level is now about 33 feet below where it was last year, and if it falls 82 feet more before the dry season ends, “we would be at a standstill.”

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

Why, yes, if BushCo's coup against Chavez had succeeded, the rains would not have failed.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

There's much to criticize about Chavez, but the notion that things would be any better for Venezuelans if the oligarchs and oil companies were back in charge is ludicrous.

Of course, we're in much the same situation here. The Democrats have been pretty miserable over the last couple of years, but who's our savior going to be? The Republicans? Talk about out of the pan and into the fire.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Venezulea has their own version of hopenchange in Comrade Chavez.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

So, snap, do you actually know anything about Venezuela aside from the fact that Fox News told you that Chavez is a bad guy?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Did somebody leave the door open? I thought I heard an groan from the Ghost of Marxists Past...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

So, the apparent answer is that you really know nothing about Venezuela.

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months ago

Why, yes, if BushCo's coup against Chavez had succeeded...

The Venezuelan people would be using that countries plentiful oil supply to supply electricity. Oil doesn't care if it rains or not. Neither does coal.

OTOH, chavez can sell his oil to china and America and use the proceeds to buy junky russian warplanes.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

"The Venezuelan people would be using that countries plentiful oil supply to supply electricity."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guri_(Simón_Bol%C3%ADvar)

"The construction (of Guri Dam) started in 1963 with the first part concluding in 1978 and the second one in 1986."

This dam has been supplying most of Venezuela's electricity since well before Chavez came to power. There's plenty wrong with the way Chavez does things, but blaming the drought that is causing this crisis on him is just too simplistic even for a mindless wing-nut.

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months ago

"So, the apparent answer is that you really know nothing about Venezuela."

Some of us know he is devaluing the bolivar by 50% so government-stolen industry can export it's products easier while consumer products double in price, comrade.

Sean Livingstone 4 years, 11 months ago

"just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (Anonymous) says… There's much to criticize about Chavez, but the notion that things would be any better for Venezuelans if the oligarchs and oil companies were back in charge is ludicrous..."

Yeap, Nigeria is very democratic, and it's one of the countries with an abundant oil wealth, yet 95% of its citizens are still very poor.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

Well, Comrade Liberty275, I hate to spoil your little strawman festival, but I have nothing to do with Chavez's policies, or his continued hold on the Venezuelan presidency. Is he bad for Venezuela? Not really my call, but he's certainly no worse than those he replaced.

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months ago

"mindless wing-nut." Bad guess.

"This dam has been supplying most of Venezuela's electricity"

Lawrence has dam-generated electricity too. Fortunately, we had enough sense not to put all our eggs in one reservoir. Coal (and oil) burns when it doesn't rain. Now if you think it's ok for the Venezuelan people to do without electricity because their dictator would rather sell oil than use it to generate power for his surfs, that's cool. I understand that socialism must be propped up at all costs.

Liberty275 4 years, 11 months ago

"he's certainly no worse than those he replaced."

Did those he replaced steal the industry from the private owners, shut down large parts of the media and have the laws fixed so they could be el presidente for life?

IMHO, socialists are always worse than what they replaced.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

"Bad guess."

"IMHO, socialists are always worse than what they replaced."

It's no guess at all.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Every country needs to be investing in wind,solar,hydro power(droughts don't last forever) and geo thermal as an energy producing team.

After deregulation was instituted USA energy monopolies began manipulating energy supply and creating "black outs". What an opportunity to increase cost of energy.....

In the meantime coal and nukes cost taxpayers billions upon billions in subsidies(socialism) and neither are clean nor green. Socialism must pay for storage of hot nuclear waste and coal also spews radioactive waste into the air.

Nukes are not so clean after all and they are damned expensive. So much so that taxpayers aka socialism must pay for construction and insurance. No such thing as cheap coal and nuke energy. Not only do we shell out billions of socialistic subsidy dollars additionally WE also get billed each month.

jumpin_catfish 4 years, 11 months ago

So bozo, you have so many opinions on so many subjects, why none on Chavez? Can't you just say that this guy is a wackjob or his policies have alienated his nation or he is building alliances with rogue nations or he's a traitor or he has stolen the legal assets of private business and individuals?

ivalueamerica 4 years, 11 months ago

Once again Tom Shewman has to show his dishonestly.

Bozo openly denounced Chavez, but Tom ignores that and pretends bozo supports him. I wonder why Tom has to make up arguments, attach them to people and then attack them on the fake argument.

Not sure where is is from, but from where I come from, that sort of person is called a liar.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

" Bozo, in the past, has staunchly defended Chavez"

No, I haven't. What I've staunchly defended is the right of Venezuelans to choose a president not to the liking of BushCo (and now Obama.)

anon1958 4 years, 11 months ago

Chavez is just a classic little dictator, he is not really running a socialist state because he believes in socialism. He is just doing whatever he can to stay in power.

Venezuela had so much potential it is a shame their democracy failed so horribly. However going back to the previous regime or failing to move forward is no answer either. South America seems to be under some kind of curse because so many countries with a lot of material wealth just cannot reform themselves.


Thing (Anonymous) says…

Couldn't happen to a more deserving country

The previous statement is odd to say the least. It begs the question, "Has Thing ever ventured out of the county he was born in?"

SettingTheRecordStraight 4 years, 11 months ago

The takeaway from all this banter is Liberty275's excellent observation that any nation, including the US and Venezuela, should rely on diverse sources of energy: coal, oil, natural gas, biomass, wind, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear, etc.

Does America rely too heavily upon oil? Probably. Do we rely too heavily on foreign oil? Without question. But until private industry develops the viable alternative energy options we need to replace fossil fuels, we'd be wise to tap our abundant and inexpensive domestic energy supplies. And we should start in ANWR.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

"Chavez is just a classic little dictator,"

Autocratic, narcissistic, anti-democratic, yes, but he's not a dictator-- at least not yet. As long as he continues to win marginally legitimate elections (which is about as good as we in the US can manage,) he really can't be called a dictator.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 11 months ago

Taxpayers cannot afford coal and nukes any longer, They are quite expensive,take years and years to build and will not employ as many people on the long term.

Some of the most fiscally responsible and fiscally conservative actions are as follows:

*ratepayers cut back dramatically on energy use aka energy conservation = green impact on wallet and the atmsosphere.

All Available Now:

  • Wind Power - locally produced

  • Solar Power - locally produced

*Refined hydropower - locally produced

*Geo Thermal - locally produced

  • Vehicles that get 30 in town mpg and 36 - 100 highway mpg ASAP

  • Buy energy star appliances ASAP

  • Buy 97% HVAC units ASAP

  • Walk and bike as often as possible - good for the wallet, good for the environment and a good wellness program. One of the most effective actions.

  • All of the above are green dollar savers that fit into wallets

gphawk89 4 years, 11 months ago

"Another thing we notice is how we have a cold snap here and in another part of the world, they have a drought. Extremes in conditions is another symptom of global warming. Think of a wave pool with higher and higher waves because there is more energy in the atmosphere."

Another symptom of global warming... says who? Besides you? More energy in the atmosphere would cause more storms so Venezuela would be having floods instead of a drought. And more energy (warmer air) in the tropics would cause high pressure systems in that area, which would then prevent cold air from coming down from the north. When I was growing up everyone was predicting an ice age. Maybe the greenhouse effect is preventing the ice age. Maybe the millions of tons of carbon we're spewing into the atmosphere every day are actually saving us! There are my half-baked theories. Or maybe quarter-baked. But they're as good as anyone else's. I think I'll go outside and idle my car for an hour or so. And fart a couple of times before coming back in. You can thank me later.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 11 months ago

" When I was growing up everyone was predicting an ice age."

Everyone? Who is this "everyone?" Can you document it?

ivalueamerica 4 years, 11 months ago

Tom,

I am glad that you are comfortable and proud of being a liar.

You are easier to deal with that way, everyone knows you are a traitor to America and you are quite happy about that.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 11 months ago

Just for old times sake...

Worth repeating: “ 28 March 2009 at 6:40 p.m. beobachter (Anonymous) says… Ok, I'm done, you don't need to ban my account, I won't be back.”

;)

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