Spain, we are told, is trying to stop the bleeding by imposing new restrictions on energy consumption.
According to reports, new limits are being imposed on the use of air conditioning and heating in public and large commercial buildings, supposedly to offset a lack of supply due to European Union sanctions against Russia.
Starting in one week, all public buildings, shopping centers, cinemas, theaters, rail stations, and airports will be restricted from setting their heaters above 19C (66.2F) and air conditioning below 27C (80.6F).
"Doors will need to be closed so as not to waste energy, and lights in shop windows must be switched off after 10pm," reports The Guardian.
"The premises in question will be required to display signs or screens that explain the energy-saving initiatives."
It turns out that Spain is not even that dependent on Russia for energy. Instead, this appears to be a move of solidarity with countries like Germany that are. (Related: Energy prices were already soaring even before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which means politicians are lying about the true cause of inflation and shortages.)
The new restrictions will reportedly remain in place through November 2023, though Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the populist president of Madrid, has already indicated that her city will not be complying.
"[This] lays out a series of measures to save energy and use it more efficiently, which are urgent and necessary when it comes to reducing energy consumption in general, and reducing our dependence on energy outside the Spanish economy," a decree from environmental minister Teresa Ribera states.
Ribera also wants public administrations and big companies to encourage their employees to work from home because that will supposedly help to reduce energy consumption as well.
Ayuso, meanwhile, has promised that life in Madrid will continue on as normal with no new restrictions.
"Madrid isn't going to switch off," she stated. "That generates insecurity and scares off tourism and consumption. It brings darkness, poverty and sadness, even as the government covers up the question of what savings it will apply to itself."
When questioned about why some 4,500 people in two sectors of the enormous Cañada Real shantytown, located in Madrid's outskirts, are still without electricity after almost two years, Madrid's regional government blamed "illegal" cannabis plantations.
As is usually the case with right-wing governments, cannabis is once again a convenient scapegoat for society's ills when the true cause behind Madrid's electricity woes has nothing to do with agriculture.
Mónica García, a doctor and spokesperson for the left-wing Más Madrid party, tweeted a message of mockery against the notion that marijuana is to blame for a lack of electricity in Madrid's poorest areas.
"Good morning. If you're on the beach, keep an eye on your belongings, stay hydrated and remember that 1,800 boys and girls in the Cañada Real have been without electricity for almost two years – something that, according to Ayuso, generates 'darkness, poverty and sadness.' Thank you," García wrote.
According to prime minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain's electricity problems at least this year are much more a factor of not one but two heatwaves that reportedly swept through the area this summer.
"I want to make something very clear," Sánchez said before proceeding to blame "climate change" for Spain's electricity problems.
In other words, the right blames cannabis and the left blames climate change. And the rest of us point and laugh at these ridiculous goons.
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