Maybe el Presidente Chavez will fix the problems by inventing solar flavored ice cream; or perhaps he will use solar panels from a new version of Solyndra once President Obama finds time in his busy schedule to sponsor one. The latter could substantially increase cooperation between Venezuela and the United States.
Originally posted on The Devil's Excrement:
By now everyone knows the story, On October 21st. Hugo Chávez remotely inaugurated an ice cream factory in Falcón State, which was supposed to sell about 600,000 units a month under the name Coppelia. The project is one of those hairbrained hodgepodge projects that Chávez likes to waste money on: It is supposed to be a Cuban brand, but the whole thing was built and put together by an Argentinean company. It was hailed as another triumph of the revolution by the President, will all supplies being Venezuelan, except that three weeks after the opening, Chávez learned that the plant was not operating.
What happened? Chavez’ Government happened. First of all, there was a blackout (the plant is in Falcón, one of the worst states in terms of blackouts) and one of the processing machines was damaged. As usual, the turnkey plant was purchased without parts (or surge protectors!) and they now have to wait for them to come from Argentina (If there is money!). (I wonder how much they paid for the plant?) But to make matters worse, they also ran out of supplies to make the ice creams.