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What Happened In Cuba When The Oil Ran Out

October 4, 2016

By Paul Homewood 


File:Old Havana Cuba.jpg

Old Havana


According to the Guardian’s Andrew Simms:

 In terms of what is possible in times of economic stress and isolation, Cuba provides an even more embarrassing example to show up our national tardiness. In a single year in 2006 Cuba rolled-out a nationwide scheme replacing inefficient incandescent lightbulbs with low-energy alternatives. Prior to that, at the end of the cold war, after losing access to cheap Soviet oil, it switched over to growing most of its food for domestic consumption on small scale, often urban plots, using mostly low-fossil-fuel organic techniques. Half the food consumed in the capital, Havana, was grown in the city’s own gardens.


Unfortunately for the Cubans, they had little choice.




Agricultural production fell off the edge of a cliff, when abundant and cheap oil supplies were taken away in 1991, and has struggled to recover ever since.

This is just a mere taster for what will happen to global food production, if the greenies get their way and get rid of fossil fuels.

  1. October 4, 2016 11:32 am

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    Lessons from the world of r-e-a-l-i-t-y.

  2. NeilC permalink
    October 4, 2016 11:43 am

    Send all the advocates of gloom doom and despondency to Cuba

    • Gerry, England permalink
      October 4, 2016 12:49 pm

      Do you really hate the Cubans that much to inflict that upon them?

  3. Gerry, England permalink
    October 4, 2016 12:50 pm

    Is part of the plan to have us so busy trying to grow enough food to stay alive that we won’t be marching on the culprits with burning torches?

  4. October 4, 2016 2:51 pm

    No BBC Countryfile or Farming Today program is complete without at least one carefully selected “farmer” boasting about their “low carbon” methods of farming.

  5. John F. Hultquist permalink
    October 4, 2016 9:26 pm

    There is a movement in the chart (Gross Production Value) during the first part of the leadership of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. There was an exchange of many things between the Castros and Chávez. With high minded goals, Chávez policies devastated the economy and, I suspect, oil shipments to Cuba.
    This was reported during the time it happened but I don’t have a link to a summary.

  6. October 4, 2016 9:59 pm

    Is the “Gruniard” still available outside of the BBC and Islington?

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