The time zone change in Venezuela is the latest in a litany of emergency measures ordered by President Nicolás Maduro to cope with an acute electricity shortage within a broader economic meltdown and a burgeoning political crisis.
The South American nation depends on hydropower for 60 percent of its electricity. The network has been hit by a severe drought, as well as the chronic lack of investment and maintenance of infrastructure within a major economic crisis.
The demonstrators are angry about rolling blackouts and the state utility company’s switch to a prepaid billing system due to a high volume of unpaid bills.
One person was killed and five injured Monday in clashes between protesters and police over recurring electricity blackouts on the island.
With all the squabbling about oil killing us all, climate change screwing with polar bears, nuclear plants "falling apart":http://motherboard.vice.com/2011/7/1/u-s-nuclear-reactors-are-past-their-expiration-date--2, solar panels sucking on a cloudy day...