Two-Day Week Announced as Energy Crisis Deepens
In the latest extreme measure to conserve energy, President Maduro announces just a two-day week for public sector workers, on Mondays and Tuesdays for at least the next two weeks. He says “The Guri [Dam which provides most of Venezuela’s energy] has practically become a desert. With all these measures, we are going to save it.” Last week, a nationwide blackout for four hours each day was announced and this week, clocks in Venezuela moved forward by 30 minutes as another desperate energy-saving measure came into effect.
A Reuters report comments, “Officials said the El Nino weather phenomenon is responsible for Venezuela’s electricity woes. But critics accuse the government of inadequate investment, corruption, inefficiency and failure to diversify energy sources.”