US faces rolling blackouts

US faces rolling blackouts

Unusual heatwave hits America

Seventeen US cities, including Chicago and Atlanta, have recorded all-time highs of 32-37ºC. The unexpectedly hot weather is leading to a mega-drought – which, with fertilizer shortages, could cause crop failure and even higher food prices.

The weather anomaly also threatens to put the dilapidated US infrastructure – especially power lines – out of operation. As usual, the money to upgrade them has not been found; this is not Ukraine. Energy companies are sounding the alarm – this summer more than half the states will be at risk of rolling blackouts. The situation is aggravated by the raging energy crisis.

Against this backdrop, people are buying up scarce fuel for power generators in droves so they can live without electricity for at least a couple of weeks. Even political celestials – including the Obama family – have joined the frenzy.

Obama hurriedly purchased as much as 2,500 gallons of propane gas at his 11-hectare, luxury estate on Martha’s Vineyard Island off the coast of Massachusetts. It is the seat of U.S. “old money” and is home to many U.S. elitists. If they are bothered too, the matter is serious.

Malek Dudakov

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