Carolyn Fortuna , December 12th, 2018
Hurricane Maria ripped through the foliage umbrella over Puerto Rico, destroying much in its path. The territory’s archaic and outdated energy infrastructure was laid open, a gnarl of last century metal and wires that no longer supported 21st century energy needs. The resulting blackout was the longest and largest in US history. Whether well-meaning, self-interested, or incompetent — you decide — the repair efforts of federal and local authorities have been ineffective and continue to have infrastructure gaps into late 2018. Green growth may be the only viable solution to Puerto Rico’s crisis that exposed critical failures in power, economy, and self-governance.