An Update On Puerto Rico – Tuesday, October 10th

By Susan Kuebler

The Trump administration allowed the waiver on restrictions from the antiquated Jones Act to expire, with no plans to extend it.  This means that the people of Puerto Rico will not be paying almost double for the cost of goods shipped to their island.  Senator John McCain, once again, spoke out on this issue:

Senator McCain is absolutely correct.  The Jones Act was written to help the U.S. maritime industry after World War I.  Now, almost 100 years later, this legislation is crippling not just Puerto Rico, but the state of Hawaii as well.  The fact that the Department of Homeland Security refuses to renew the waiver is beyond comprehension, considering the status of recovery in Puerto Rico.

FEMA reports the following statistics on the status of the island:

59.9 percent of the people have access to clean drinking water.  That means the rest of the residents must depend on receiving water in bottled or bulk supply.  No information is provided on how or if this water is being delivered.

15 percent of the customers in the capitol city of San Juan have electricity.  92 generators have been supplied for BOTH Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands for critical infrastructure.  There are probably more generators in one gated community in the north Georgia mountains.

26 percent of the residents of the U.S. Virgin Islands have electricity.

Only 392 miles of the island’s 5,073 miles of roads are passable.

Reuters News reported that the Governor of Puerto Rico said there would be “hell to pay” over the lack of distribution of available supplies of food and water to areas which are in desperate need of them.  This report states that power has been restored to only 15 percent of the island, not just San Juan as reported by FEMA (see above).  That figure that 85 percent of the island is still without power was confirmed by CBS News as well.

See the following videos for an on-the-ground report of supplies reaching outlying villages:

 

Trump tweeted about NFL football, the planned walk-out by Vice President Pence at the Colts/49ers game, oh and yes, he praised FEMA and the first responders for the swift action on Hurricane – Nate?

Northern California is burning, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands are destroyed, but Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham went golfing on Monday.

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