Archive for February 18th, 2010

Lying “Niño” by Teodoro Petkoff

February 18, 2010

(Still on vacation, so I translated Petkoff’s editorial on Tal Cual for your enjoyment, in case you missed it)

If we were to follow what Chacumbele says, we would say that “El Niño” has it in for us. If not, how do you explain that in all South American countries on the Pacific there are no blackouts  and here we have them all the time?  According to our eminent conductor, these are the evils of the little kid. It’s very strange, because Colombia, for example, which receives its full impact, is offering to sell electricity to us and some years ago, we used to sell to Colombia, which has caught up with us. “The  Niño”, go figure out why they have christened in such a tender way a natural phenomenon that behaves so badly, is a cold current flowing from the Antarctic to the north, all along the Pacific coast and that when it gets into warmer waters causes serious climate disruption. Since El Niño is on the loose, all over South America  anomalous natural phenomena are occurring of an intensity greater than ever before.

Catastrophic floods and brutal droughts alternate, even in neighboring countries.

But something does not fit in the  Chacumbele’s alibi . In fact, struck by the fact that none of the countries directly affected by El Niño, there is an electricity crisis and we have one here. The explanation can not be, then, the one  Chacumbele is trying to sell us so hard.

That the summer is being particularly harsh and that drought is strongly punishing the headwaters of major rivers Guyana, nobody can deny.

But why, if in 2001 the summer drought was worse than this time and the water level dropped to the fatal Guri 240 meters above sea level, there were no power shortages? It is obvious then that the national electricity system had an installed capacity of generating electricity  that allowed him to compensate for the reduced flow of electricity from Guri. The country was living off  of what previous governments had left him.
Chacumbele also argues, in a mixture of his proverbial lies with truths, that demand has grown and that supply  is not enough.

Columbus (Translator Note: Venezuelan expression for obvious). But did the illuminated foreman stopped to consider the fact that all neighboring countries  also had increased demand and yet the offer is sufficient? He scored on his own goal post without shoes on.

In neighboring countries, where El Niño strikes with more fury than here and where demand has also been growing, governments took care of making the necessary investments to increase electricity generation to the beat of that same growth.

Is it so hard to understand this? Here, simply, “El Niño” who governs us, as destructive as his namesake, did not do his homework and flunked. The funniest thing that has happened recently in this field is that the “tough guy” Jaua rejected the Colombian supply of electrical power, as if it were an insult. We have next to us a country that can provide some kilowatts and the government refuse it,  but he brings some Cuban technicians who are on the subject of electric power is in the Stone Age, to advise us. Worse than a bad government is a bad one that is stubborn and stubborn and which, on top of it, claims to be socialist.