12 Oct '17, 3pm

Can the Clean Energy Industry Protect Puerto Rico From Maria-Scale Damage?

Can the Clean Energy Industry Protect Puerto Rico From Maria-Scale Damage?

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, taking down all electricity and most communications with it, Cecilio Aponte was able to get in contact with his family there relatively quickly. Through a brief phone call and a few texts, his mom nailed down uncles, aunts and cousins in Aguadilla and Moca on the western edge of the island. But two weeks after the eye of the storm bore down on Puerto Rico, though Aponte’s family was able to communicate their safety and one aunt can get cell service if she stands on her still-intact roof, none had grid power. They were relying on diesel generators and rapidly dwindling supplies of fuel. Now, three weeks since the storm, only about 17 percent of Puerto Rico has electricity. The lack of power has severely exacerbated the growing humanitarian crisis. Food sits rotting on shelves, the majority of hospitals are relying on generators, and wi...

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