NZ Power’s successful trial in Latin America rolls on

NZ Power‘s successful trial in Latin America rolls on.

Venezuela’s hugely successful goal of providing cheap power to its voters has the unexpected bonus of the Greens goal of reducing our carbon footprint.

No need to use that polluting car to get to work, it’s shut.

Large swaths of Venezuela have been paralysed by an electricity blackout that brought chaos to the capital and fuelled public anger at the government’s failure to keep the lights on in the oil-rich nation.

At least 70 per cent of the country was plunged into darkness after the main electricity distribution network collapsed, a fact Nicolas Maduro, the country’s leftist president, blamed on “sabotage” by his Right-wing enemies. 

The capital, Caracas, saw scenes of pandemonium as traffic lights failed on roads already snarled with traffic. Authorities had to rescue passengers from trains stuck in tunnels on the city’s metro system. While energy was restored in Caracas by Tuesday night, Venezuelans across the country took to Twitter to complain of continuing outages on Wednesday.

“Our country is falling to pieces,” one resident of the western state of Tachira, Jesus Salcedo, wrote, using the now popular hashtag #VenezuelaSinLuz (Venezuela without light).

Despite sitting on the world’s largest reserves of oil and gas, the country’s Socialist government is increasingly struggling to ensure electricity reaches its own populace. Power failures are commonplace, and rolling cuts are often programmed to try and cope with shortfalls in supply.

Mr Maduro, who took the reins of the country’s Socialist government after the death of Hugo Chavez in March, insisted the blackout was the result of a plot by the extreme Right to mount an “electrical strike” against the country.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.