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Puerto Rico’s Colonial Legacy Doomed It To Dirty Electricity — And Now Darkness

Huffington Post, September 28, 2017

Puerto Rico plunged into darkness last week after the second major hurricane in a month. The island is projected to be without power for six months or more – which reflects vulnerabilities that lie not just in their infrastructure, but also in their dependence on fossil fuels and the disadvantages it faces with its status as a US territory rather than a state. Associate Professor of Political Science Charles Venator-Santiago comments on how budget limitations have halted infrastructure development in Puerto Rico, and what role the US government plays in such funding.


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