“Some people sing in the shower, in the shower half an hour. No kids, three minutes is more than enough. I’ve counted, three minutes, and I don’t stink,” Chavez said.
Venezuela has suffered several serious breakdowns in the past year due to the rapid growth of demand and under investment, which has been compounded by lower water levels in hydroelectric dams that provide the bulk of its energy.
Venezuelans are Latin Americans, but from what you can see of their culture, they have taken on many aspects of American society of waste, whether it a love for cars or fast food. This includes a general waste of resources, like the United States.
Could all of this talk and suggestions of conservation from Venezuela’s so called Socialist Chavez be more of an indicator that the country is heading deeper and deeper down the road of socialism and the need to ration everything? Indeed, if the country had better planning systems and used market principles, there wouldn’t be nearly as many shortages of food, water, or utilities in general because the market principle has been shown time and time again to work better than a communist version of central planning.
Indeed, a report back from 2008 shows that Venezuela is indeed on the road to Cuban-style rationing:
Venezuela has adopted an unprecedented system of food rationing similar to the ration cards used in Cuba, after several months of food shortages that have caused popular discontent.
The Ministry of Nutrition announced last week that beneficiaries of the government’s food distribution program would only be allowed one purchase a day. The amount of food allocated to each family would be based on a ”social study” the government performed, it said.
Chavez urges 3-minute showers to conserve water
CARACAS (Reuters) – Leftist President Hugo Chavez called on Venezuelans on Wednesday to stop singing in the shower and to wash in three minutes because the oil-exporting nation is having problems supplying water and electricity.
Venezuela has suffered several serious blackouts in the past year because of rapidly growing demand and under-investment, which has been aggravated by a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams that provide most of its energy.
Chavez announced energy-saving measures and said he would create a ministry to deal with the electricity shortages, which have affected the image of his socialist revolution before legislative elections due in 2010.
Calling for water conservation, he said low rainfall caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon meant water levels were critically low in the El Guri reservoir, one of the world’s largest dams.
“Some people sing in the shower, in the shower half an hour. No kids, three minutes is more than enough. I’ve counted, three minutes, and I don’t stink,” he said during a televised Cabinet meeting.
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