As reported in the Washington Post:
Leftist President Hugo Chavez called on Venezuelans on Wednesday to stop singing in the shower and to wash in three minutes because the oil-exporting nation is having problems supplying water and electricity.MORE:
Venezuela has suffered several serious blackouts in the past year because of rapidly growing demand and under-investment, which has been aggravated by a drop in water levels in hydroelectric dams that provide most of its energy.
Chavez announced energy-saving measures and said he would create a ministry to deal with the electricity shortages, which have affected the image of his socialist revolution before legislative elections due in 2010.
Apparently not understanding that insufficient investment by inefficient state-run enterprises plus price controls lead to shortages, the New York Times is perplexed by Venezuela's problems.
(via Normblog, Planet Gore)