Blackouts in Venezuela

If you are a Venezuelan citizen, you might be forgiven for thinking that it’s not even close to being 2014 for your country:

Large parts of Venezuela, including the capital city, were plunged into darkness Monday night after a power outage, government officials said, in what appeared to be the latest failure of the nation’s overwhelmed electricity grid.

President Nicolás Maduro, who was speaking on television a little after 8 p.m. local time when the lights went off, said the blackout appeared to be caused by a failure in the same power substation west of Caracas that in early September was the reason more than half the country lost electricity.

In a message on Twitter, Mr. Maduro called Monday’s outage “strange,” while government officials speaking on state television hinted that sabotage may have been involved once power was restored to most of Caracas in about an hour. Authorities announced an investigation into the incident.

Three months ago, the leftist leader blamed the last major blackout on unnamed saboteurs seeking to destabilize his regime, though he didn’t present evidence.

Heaven forbid that evidence should be required to substantiate serious charges. I imagine that the looting of electricity stations will occur in short order.

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