Cuba’s president warns that energy cutbacks are looming

AP – Cuba’s president warned Wednesday night that the country faces a looming energy crisis due to lack of diesel fuel, but he hopes to avoid blackouts in coming days.

President Miguel Diaz-Canel blamed U.S. sanctions for shortages and warned Cubans to prepare to see immediate effects from the lack of fuel.

“There may be problems with the distribution of products that depend on diesel-fueled transport, in public transport and in energy generation, which we’re trying to take measures to avoid,” he said on national television.

Díaz-Canel spoke after several days of noticeable cutbacks in public transportation, which caused long lines at peak times.

“I understand that there is concern but we are not in a special period,” Diaz-Canel said, using the Cuban term for the island’s economic crisis after the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of its subsidies. READ MORE

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