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Thank you for posting this. It's too bad about the lack of comments, but it probably correlates with our collective knowledge of Latin America.

I noticed that your Venezuela does not mention this:

Venezuela starts nationwide energy rationing - Venezuela- msnbc.com

CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela's government imposed rolling blackouts of four hours every other day throughout the country on Tuesday to combat an energy crisis.

President Hugo Chavez has said rationing is necessary to prevent water levels in Guri Dam -- the cornerstone of Venezuela's energy system -- from falling to critical lows and causing a widespread power collapse. Drought has cut the flow of water into the dam, which feeds three hydroelectric plants that supply 73 percent of Venezuela's electricity.

Rolling blackouts will begin in the capital of Caracas on Wednesday, said Javier Alvarado, president of the city's state electric utility.

If the country is suffering that much of a drought, it's probably going to hit agricultural production pretty hard too, isn't it?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Wed Jan 13th, 2010 at 08:46:05 AM EST

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