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Haiti’s Energy Woes Creating Monthly Panic As Government Struggles To Keep Lights On

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Carl Juste
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Miami Herald
Two women stand among empty propane tanks used to mark places in long lines for refilling.

Haiti is running out of fuel — again.

Gas stations are stockpiling and rationing gasoline. The poor are running out of kerosene to cook. Private power suppliers, out of diesel for the past 11 days, are reducing or ceasing production — taking Haiti’s already desperate electricity issues from bad to worse.

Twelve months after Venezuela stopped delivery of cheap oil under its energy-assistance PetroCaribe program, forcing Haiti to buy all of its petroleum products on the Caribbean and U.S. spot markets, Haiti’s energy woes have grown into an almost monthly panic as the country’s bankrupt government insists on maintaining control of fuel imports despite its inability to pay.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald