Lightbulb Fiasco

Caracas Chronicles

bombillos-incandescentes Way back in 2006, the comandante eterno launched a brand new mission : Energy Revolution ( Misión Revolución Energética), which intended to promote “the efficient and rational use of electricity”.

Even if the plan also included developing alternative sources of energy in the long term (and unsurprisingly that’s hasn’t gone well so far), its main priority was to replace traditional lightbulbs with energy-saving (ahorradores) ones in houselholds, to the point it had its own section in the MinCI (Communication & Information Ministry) website.

Last week, Electricity Minister Jesse Chacon announced that those energy-saving lightbulbs will be replaced with new LED models, after finding out they contained mercury that could be harmful to the enviroment and to people.

The goverment installed a large amount of these bulbs over the course of eight years, which came here from China thanks to the Cuba-Venezuela agreement. In 2009…

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