Gallery: Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CF...

 

Due to a bad drought that’s dried up the hydroelectric plants that supply more than two-thirds of its power, Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President Hugo Chavez’s solution? Change all the light bulbs! Well, that might not be the only action the country is taking (they’ve also put electricity rationing into effect) but an army of Venezuelan soldiers has been given direct orders from the president to distribute thousands of Firefly energy-efficient CFL bulbs. The big switcheroo may not make it rain, but the president sure hopes that it can cut the energy his citizens consume in the meantime.

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  1. malanga August 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    what about the mercury are they aware of that?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? what is the purpose of this change so rare an rapid

  2. boxer June 22, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Do you still use incandescent bulbs in the US??
    My god that’s barbaric! Venezuela is so much more progressive than the US…in so so many ways.

    you will see.

  3. JR March 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    As of even two years ago most of the light bulbs in Venezuela were already changed over to CFL’s .
    It was indeed rare and noticeable to even see an old incandescent light, unlike here in the USA.

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