Puerto Ricans Just Lost All Power Again & The Reason Will Make Your Blood Boil

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Remember when President Donald Trump gave himself a rating of 10 on his response to the disaster in Puerto Rico? It was laughable then, and it’s definitely even more laughable now. We haven’t heard much in the news lately about the plight of Puerto Rico. However, things still aren’t looking good there, and you can blame the Trump administration for that.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 19: (AFP-OUT) President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico in the Oval Office at the White House on October 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump and Rossello spoke about the continuing recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

According to BuzzFeed, one of the lines that Whitefish Energy repaired has failed, and it was a major one. The island, which had power in about 48 percent of its areas, now only has 18 percent power. Whatever progress that had been made basically was completely lost, perhaps thanks in part to the shifty work of Whitefish Energy.

‘The power line, which runs from Cambalache to Manati in the island’s north, providing power to Puerto Rico’s capital city, is one of the major sections of the power grid that Montana firm Whitefish Energy was working on as part of its controversial contract with PREPA.’

Along with several residents without power, the Puerto Rico federal emergency command center in San Juan was without power.

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – OCTOBER 13: A bartender greets patrons with a lone solar lamp, in a bar without electricity, in the touristic Old San Juan neighborhood, on October 13, 2017 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is suffering shortages of food and water in many areas and only 9 percent of grid electricity has been restored. The tropical island’s tourism industry has collapsed. Puerto Rico experienced widespread damage including most of the electrical, gas and water grid as well as agriculture after Hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, swept through. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) originally contracted with Whitefish Energy to restore power to the island. Whitefish only had two full-time employees before Hurricane Maria, yet they were somehow still able to score a $300 million contract.

Better yet, Whitefish, Montana is the hometown of Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Coincidence? We think not. Yes, Zinke admitted to knowing the CEO of Whitefish Energy. Furthermore, his own son worked during the summer for Whitefish Energy. Just a coincidence? We think not.

WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 29: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke delivers a speech billed as “A Vision for American Energy Dominance” at the Heritage Foundation on September 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. Zinke also addressed criticism of his travel practices, after it was reported that he and his aides have taken several flights on private or military aircraft, including a charter plane that cost taxpayers more than $12,000 last June. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

According to BuzzFeed, Whitefish is claiming no responsibility for the outage. Their spokesperson Brandon Smulyan commented:

‘None of the issues reported today with the outage have anything to do with the repairs Whitefish Energy performed.’

Furthermore, they reported PREPA is not consulting with Whitefish Energy on the issues.

After plenty of outcries and questioning from both Republican and Democratic officials in Congress and other federal departments, Puerto Rico’s Governor Ricardo Rossello canceled the contract at the end of October.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCTOBER 19: (AFP-OUT) Governor Ricardo Rossello of Puerto Rico attends a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House on October 19, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Trump and Rossello spoke about the continuing recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool/Getty Images)

Regardless of whose fault it is that the power is, yet again, out in Puerto Rico, what is certain is the United States federal government failed the citizens of Puerto Rico — its own citizens — with its slow response and penchant for backroom deals.

Featured image by Mario Tama/Getty Images.

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