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Cuba orders extreme measures to cut energy use

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posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 02:34 AM
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Cuba orders extreme measures to cut energy use


www.alertnet.org

Cuba has ordered all state enterprises to adopt "extreme measures" to cut energy usage through the end of the year in hopes of avoiding the dreaded blackouts that plagued the country following the 1991 collapse of its then-top ally, the Soviet Union.

In documents seen by Reuters, government officials have been warned that the island is facing a "critical" energy shortage that requires the closing of non-essential factories and workshops and the shutting down of air conditioners and refrigerators not needed to preserve food and medicine.

Cuba has cut government spending and slashed im
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posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 02:34 AM
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Cuba could become prosperous overnight if it would simply modernize its government and economy into a free market system. Castro's regime refuses and the people suffer.

Especially since the 08 economic downturn:

"In response, the government has cut spending, slashed imports, suspended many debt payments and frozen bank accounts of foreign businesses. It reported last week that trade was down 36 percent so far this year due mainly to a more than 30 percent reduction in imports."

Cuba has no money for fuel because its inefficient governmental and economic system are unable to generate anything of value to the rest of the world.

They are a fine example of how not to do business!

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posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 03:50 AM
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Yeah, Castro needs t open up Cuba to international corporations so they can come in to the country to privatize everything and exploit everything and everyone in sight.



posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 04:28 AM
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Originally posted by plumranch


Cuba could become prosperous overnight if it would simply modernize its government and economy into a free market system. Castro's regime refuses and the people suffer.




Are you thinking the US brand of capitalism? If so, it's important to understand that we absolutely do not have free markets anymore. The US is in the death grip of 'robber baron' capitalism. Capital and assets are now concentrated as never before. Major corporations are now feeding at the public trough. And the system is collapsing. It's the last thing the world needs. Robber baron capitalism is a plague on mankind.

Cuba could become prosperous overnight if they allowed their *people* to embrace capitalism. That's what made the US great initially.



posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 04:42 AM
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Originally posted by plumranch


Cuba could become prosperous overnight if it would simply modernize its government and economy into a free market system.


Or the US should stop embargoing them so they can finally take the first steps towards that.



posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 08:12 PM
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Cuba could become prosperous overnight if they allowed their *people* to embrace capitalism.


Imagine what an economic boon would happen if the Cuban regime would allow foreign businesses/ corporations to build resorts, recreational enterprises, travel companies and airlines? Also needed would be the assurances that once they are up and running Castro and his administration wouldn't turn right around and nationalize them. A reasonable tax structure would have to be part of the deal.

The country would be prosperous again in a couple of years! Raul could make himself into a reformation hero and all would be good.

I suppose someone would have to pull the plug on Fidel first though.



posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 08:32 PM
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Check this out: Helms–Burton Act
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posted on Nov, 12 2009 @ 10:49 PM
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Check this out: Helms–Burton Act


This Act strengthened the Cuban Embargo and was the US reaction to some nasty act of aggression by Cuba, I think it was their shooting down of 2 US private aircraft with fighter jets. I remember Cuba behaving very badly back then so most Americans thought they deserved the embargo entirely.

The Cuban embargo can be argued to not be working as indeed it hasn't done much. The governmental controls of business and the economy are only getting worse, not better under Raul. Foreign investment is not increasing because the Cuban government wants to tell businesses what to do and charges far too much for Cuban labor.

The problem remains with the repressive, outdated Castro regime not the embargo. Lifting the embargo may happen now with Obama but it won't help unless lifting the embargo is tied to economic reforms.



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