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Puerto Ricanstruction: Fossil Fuel Lobby and Puerto Rico

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In this July 24, 2018 photo, Julio Rosario, left, instals a solar energy system with the founder of the nonprofit environmental group Casa Pueblo Alexis Masol, in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. The nonprofit environmental group Casa Pueblo has installed solar systems at two hardware stores, one barber shop and several corner stores that activists hope will serve as a power oasis where people can charge their phones and store medications during a storm if needed.

Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo

Since Hurricane Maria, eighty percent of wind farms in Puerto Rico are not in service while  power plants that operate on fossil fuels such as oil, coal, and natural gas are performing at a hundred percent. No major strides by the Trump administration have been made to invest further in clean renewable energy on the island. The fossil fuels that Puerto Rico heavily depends on are all imported, leaving many to wonder if this is another form of colonization. To discuss the privatization of Puerto Rico’s energy supply we are joined by Kate Aronoff. Aronoff is a contributor to The Intercept and a writing fellow at In These Times covering climate and American politics.

Each Monday, during the 2018 hurricane season, Worldview presents the series Puerto Ricanstruction. Three million American citizens on Puerto Rico still face catastrophe, many months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Experts predict just a “Category One” storm could wipe out power on the entire island for months. On Puerto Ricanstruction, we discuss post-Maria life in Puerto Rico, and issues that matter to the people living there, and to Chicago’s Puerto Rican Diaspora.

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