Socialist Cuba burning old tires as fuel

From our Great Moments in Socialism Bureau

Add this to the long list of Castro, Inc.’s weird solutions for the scarcities created by its insane socialist policies.

Burning old tires to generate electricity at a cement factory might work for a short time, but given the scarcity of everything in Castrogonia, including cars and old tires, how long can they expect to keep furnaces humming with this new-found fuel?

Naturally, the usual suspects in the news media blame all this on the U.S. and its “embargo.” But the truth is that Castrogonia’s acute fuel shortage is due to its parasitic government, which has always depended on some sugar daddy or colony to keep it alive. First it was the Soviet Union, then it was Venenozuela.

As Mr. T might have said, pity the fools who have to live there, especially those who live near the Cienfuegos cement factory that is now spewing extremely dangerous super-toxic fumes into the air.

And, oh, by the way, the same folks in the news media who blame Castrogonia’s woes on the U.S. also constantly praise it for its environmental zeal. Yeah.

And, oh, by the way, the cement from this factory isn’t for Cubans. It’s for Castro, Inc.’s apartheid tourist industry, which is the only sector of Castrogonia’s economy that builds anything on the island. Yeah…. Vamos bien! Requetebien!

From AFP via CNA

The Cuban government has ordered a cement factory to burn old tyres to power its operations and save on oil, amid a worsening fuel shortage brought on by US sanctions on the Communist island.

On orders of President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the firm Cementos Cienfuegos, located in the centre of the country, will receive an increasing supply of used tyres to burn, the official daily Granma said on Monday (Feb 17).

Cuba has been suffering oil shortages since last September, when the administration of President Donald Trump imposed sanctions on ships carrying petroleum to the island from its main fuel supplier Venezuela.

Washington introduced the sanctions to step up pressure on Havana to stop backing Venezuela’s leader Nicolas Maduro, whose rival Juan Guaido has been recognised by the United States and other western states as the country’s acting president.

The US sanctions have forced Cuba to adopt a slew of emergency measures to make ends meet, such as slashing bus and train services and cutting the length of the working day in the public sector. It has also had to use oxen to pull farm machinery and horses to transport goods in wagons.

Officials said the cement business was currently burning between 130 and 150 tyres every day and aims to increase that to 400 a day, with the goal of reducing its consumption of fuel oil by five per cent.

The cement plant is planning on importing 100,000 tons of crude this year.