Cuba’s Choice: Progressive Renewable or Backward Industrial?

Foto: Randall Sowa
Foto: Randall Sowa

HAVANA TIMES — Once the embargo is lifted, this could be a very exciting time for Cubans if they play their cards right, if they model a new society on the same economic model as Sweden and Norway, if they choose renewable energy over fossil fuels, and if they enforce strong environmental regulations that protect their tropical forests, valuable vegetation, their oceans and wildlife.

This is a time for President Raúl Castro to look forward, not backwards to the dark age of fossil fuels, the central polluting producer of greenhouse gases (global warming), that’s destroying our Earth, rather, he and the Cuban government should look to the future with solar and wind. Cuba is a tropical island ideally suitable for solar energy.

Cubans could enjoy all the energy they need for their homes, schools and hospitals thanks to the production of new affordable and efficient solar panels.

Perhaps President Raúl Castro could meet with the most intelligent and savvy business leaders in the renewable field of energy such as the founder of Tesla, Elon Musk? Musk and his team designed the Tesla Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery designed to store energy at a residential level for load shifting, backup power and self-consumption of solar power generation.

Cuba could become a renewable energy model to the world if they rebuild their infrastructure with 100% renewable energy. If Sweden can do it—in gray cold conditions, imagine how easy it would be for Cuba to light up their entire country with limitless sunshine all year round, and with wind power?

Perhaps the Cuban government can meet with organic farming leaders who greatly admire what Cuba has accomplished with their organic farms?

But if they listen to President Obama, who most likely is a messenger for US corporate advisers, and return to the same, old, backward, industrial model from the 1800s, then all will be lost for Cuba.

Cuba is at the fork of the road: Let’s hope that the Cuban government and the Cuban people take the higher road to the creation of a renewable energy society; and once that’s accomplished, it can open the door to medical advancements based on Cuban’s preventative health care system, and sustainable technology, such as electric cars and EV stations that will preserve their sacred tropical forests, oceans, wildlife and organic farming.

If Cubans choose the higher road—they will not only prosper, economically, without harming their environment, Cuba will set an example for the rest of the world to follow.

Thank you!

Pamela Wood
Hawaii, USA

9 thoughts on “Cuba’s Choice: Progressive Renewable or Backward Industrial?

  • What drugs are you on? Who has ever said that I live in Cuba? Besides as the Kommisar of the Cuban Ministry of International Espionage and Tidily-Winks Shenanigans, and the Official Vatican Moille, I get to use the Internet anywhere, anytime, with Wilma Espin and Fred Flintstone’s permission, and Alejandro’s firm instructions to locate you and turn you over to the Cuban Hygiene Police for immediate processing: brain to toe washing, front and back, no boarding. I done told Raúl and Fidel to buy more Spanish coffee already, though… and to drop the dead donkey!
    You know JACK! You just criticize, I travel in Cuba from Guantánamo to Banes and many little and big places in between, never seen all the hell and misery and shit you describe because it’s all in your head and in your desire to make Cuba, Fidel and Raúl look bad. Anybody who has been to Cuba recently can corroborate the info about agro-markets, they are everywhere and carry all kinds of fresh food. As to food production falling, did I say it wasn’t?
    Lucky to have all our words on record here; you are full of BS; accuse me of being some kind of spook, put words in my mouth, criticize without knowing and believe in your “superior powers of intellect, far above those Cuban planners and experts. I already kicked your butt multiple times but I like to do it, so keep it up, jerk. And if you want to get close and personal, we both live in Canada… What are you, about 65, retired and married to a 20 some, Cuban lady? Yes, I think I get the drift…Take another hike, Carlyle, don’t come back if you wanna.

  • It is said that Socialism needs capitalism to survive and Capitalsm needs a little socialism to be tolerated. A system is only sustainable if the producers continue to produce goods and services. No man willingly allows theft of 90% of their work by the state in order to be given to others in the long run. Such models always fail.

  • Organic gardening has been the rage in the US for a long time. I have my own.

  • If you actually believe what you wrote, then you are totally ignorant of the reality of Cuban agriculture. When at your next breakfast indoctrination breakfast with Raul and Fidel (I refer to your revealing that in these columns), you are sipping the coffee Mezcla imported from Spain, you can report your opposition to Cuban coffee production and encourage even more importation and less Cuban food production – that ought to please the regime, as they have been pursuing that policy with increasing success.
    As for your statement that urban markets are full of fresh product, time for you to get of your backside and take a look around Cuba.
    You are correct, I did not complain about having the Head of the CIA for President as I am not an American. But, have you complained about the non-elected President Raul Castro Ruz having his son in the equivalent position in Cuba?
    I don’t claim to know about everything, but I do claim to know about agriculture and Cuba’s dismal ever reducing agricultural production under the Castro family regime is a recorded matter of record and has as you should know been a subject at the Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.
    If – which you claim, you live in Cuba, how do you gain access to the Internet, because I can’t when I am at home, which is the reason why I can only contribute to these columns during my interludes in Canada. Do you report also to Alejandro Espin Castro?

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