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What Happens When a Power Grid Falls Apart?

The State of affairs in the South American Nation and socialism haven of Venezuela is truly frightening. Venezuelans deal with crisis at every turn. There is currently a fiscal and monetary crisis, hyperinflation, a crashing economy, product shortages from food to car parts and health care supplies. Venezuelans cannot find medicine, or quality education. Venezuelans live in fear for their individual lives every day due to the crime rates, government death squads roaming the streets, and the lack of the most basic medical needs in an otherwise industrialized nation.

The government has for a long time ignored it’s most basic responsibilities. The state of basic government equipment is in an incredible state of disrepair. So, too, are private-industry vehicle fleets and airplanes. Because of the shortages of just about everything, Venezuelan industry cannot acquire motor oil, basic parts to repair equipment, or even maintenance mechanics since most skilled labor has left the country. This problem affects government. The military has very few vehicles running at 100 percent capacity, and the oil industry’s production is down over 66 percent largely because of equipment failure. Venezuela has lost it’s refining capacity because the only refinery is inoperative due to definitive state of disrepair. Venezuelans experience rolling blackouts on a weekly or even daily basis because of bad maintenance procedures at power-generating stations.

Recently, the degree of disrepair of the power grid struck the population of Maracaibo right in the face when a power-generating station literally blew up. The scenes, as you can see from the social media posts, were frightening. This happened just after midnight, and it managed to wake up most of the city as the skies lit up while the ground went completely dark.

According to the regime, they are “investigating” the cause of the incident. I’m willing to bet they will blame “sabotage” from either Colombia or the United States, if not both. They always use the same tactic, and considering they have been blaming the CIA for the rolling blackouts for over a decade, I see no reason why they would change their tune now.

The situation in Venezuela will continue, and it will deteriorate further. Scenes like this will become more and more common. Damns in the Curi and Orinoco River regions which house hydroelectric plants are also in a state of disrepair, and not only are the plants in danger of shutting down, but the damns may be about to give way since the literal flood gates are inoperative. This would cause a lack of power along with a man-made disaster the likes of which we have not seen in this region since the famous mudslides in Vargas state in 2001.

Venezuela will not rid itself of this regime and will not begin the long and arduous road to recovery until a multi-lateral international humanitarian force led by other South American nations with the backing of the United States takes it upon itself to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela and remove this regime and drug cartel by the root.

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Joel Frewa

Joel Andres Frewa is a U.S. Army Veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan as a combat medic. Joel is an immigrant from Venezuela and is an advocate and activist for freedom in his native country.

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