“The entire island is without power,” said Angel Crespo, director of Puerto Rico’s fire department.
The entire island of Puerto Rico was left without electrical power yesterday (Wednesday, Sept. 21) due to a fire at the Aguirre electrical plant. This caused a chain reaction throughout the island…water service shut down, highways jammed, train service was canceled, and 15 more fires ignited across Puerto Rico, as a result of malfunctioning electric generators.
Fires broke out in the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, and the mayor’s office in Cataño.
Government offices, universities and businesses closed early, which created even more chaos on the roads and highways. A policeman trying to direct traffic was run over, and taken to the hospital.
Colapso total del sistema de la AEE en Puerto Rico (A complete collapse of the electrical and energy system of Puerto Rico) was the headline in the island’s largest newspaper, El Nuevo Dia.
THIS BLACKOUT IS NOT THE FIRST
This blackout is the latest in a series of “rolling blackouts” that have hit Puerto Rico for the past two months…and the frequency of all the blackouts is steadily increasing.
This represents over 15 blackouts per day, in every area of the island.
This doesn’t happen only in remote rural areas. On July 29-30, major areas of San Juan were thrown into darkness.
And yesterday, finally, the blackout consumed the entire island.
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION?
There is a bitter irony in this. The blackouts are occurring even though people are paying 300% more for their electricity in Puerto Rico than in New York City, and the rates are scheduled to rise by another 15-20% over the next six months.
Another irony is a recent announcement by the Puerto Rico Senate, that they would conduct an “investigation” into all of these blackouts. But the Commonwealth government itself, has been the greatest source of corruption with regard to PREPA.
OVER $100 MILLION IN POLITICAL KICKBACKS
According to current a lawsuit in Washington, D.C. federal court, a “Fuel Oil Cartel” in Puerto Rico poisoned the air and water in Puerto Rico for 13 years, from 2002 till 2015. This lawsuit charges that government officials received OVER $100 MILLION to “look the other way,” as illegal and poisonous oil was used throughout the entire PREPA power system.
The case is Rolón v. PREPA, and here is the entire 80-page complaint:
In the 80-page complaint, paragraphs 19, 23, 77, 80, 85, 102, 103, and 176 detail the main elements of the conspiracy.
In 1994, PREPA closed its oil testing lab, and started “out-sourcing” all tests to private lab facilities, which falsified the lab test results on oil shipments purchased by PREPA. This enabled the government to buy inferior toxic oil…then pass it off as premium oil.
The federal lawsuit asserts that just one laboratory hired by PREPA – the Caleb Brett Lab – falsified between 500 and 600 test results on this toxic oil, and reported it out as “premium” quality oil.
In this manner, foreign oil companies such as Petrobras made a criminal level of profit, and Puerto Rican politicians pocketed over 100 million in bribes, during the 2002-2015 period.
According to a top executive at Petrobras, Mr. Paulo Roberto Costa, about 3% of his oil company’s contracts were typically “re-invested” in bribes to local government officials.
If this “3% Rule” was applied to Puerto Rico, then the political class of Puerto Rico received over one hundred million dollars in bribes to poison their own people…and possibly OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS ! (see paragraphs 80, 77).
THE FOX INVESTIGATES THE HEN HOUSE
So now, supposedly, the government of Puerto Rico is launching an “investigation” into the thousands of blackouts that are plaguing the island.
But several months ago, the Puerto Rico Senate held an “investigation” into the decades of illegal and toxic sludge oil, the poisoning of Puerto Rico’s air and water, and the over $100 million in bribes reportedly received by government officials in Puerto Rico – in both the PPD and PNP.
What happened with that investigation?
Did anyone go to jail?
TWO USELESS NEROS, FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS
There are many guilty parties in Puerto Rico.
For more than two decades, PREPA falsified nearly 600 lab reports in order to use illegal and poisonous sludge oil…and dozens of politicians, from both PPD and PNP, received over $100 million dollars in bribes to keep the scheme going.
This scam was reported by the New York Times.
From 2009 to 2013, during the Fortuño administration, PREPA issued seven bonds in a row, for a total of over $3 billion dollars. But less than 20% of this was spent to operate or maintain the electrical system, because nearly 85% of these bonds, were use to pay the interest on the bonds themselves. In other words, PREPA and Wall Street were running a Ponzi scheme.
In all this chaos and corruption, two figures currently stand out: Lisa Donahue and Gov. Garcia Padilla.
Over the past two years, PREPA has paid $37.5 million dollars to a “re-structuring expert” named Lisa Donahue. She was paid this enormous sum, in order to make PREPA more efficient, modern, and financially sound. But after two years, PREPA is further in debt. Its physical infrastructure is crumbling. Blackouts are swallowing the island, and electricity rates are scheduled to increase by 22% in 2017.
So what has Lisa Donahue, the $37.5 million dollar woman, been doing for the past two years? Her greatest contribution to PREPA and the people of Puerto Rico, would be to return the $37.5 million…and go re-structure someone else.
The other model of uselessness is Alejandro Garcia Padilla, the governor of Puerto Rico.
The governor convened a press conference to discuss the blackout, in which he was “not sure” when power would be returned, and “looking into” what could be done, to avoid future blackouts.
With all the eloquence of Yogi Berra, he told the press: “I assume complete responsibility for the outage. Everyone knows that the company’s maintenance problems began decades ago.”
For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…
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