Puerto Ricans Rebuild Without Government Help After Hurricane Maria


After the monthslong power blackout that followed Hurricane Maria in 2017, Puerto Ricans realized they couldn't rely on government to meet their basic needs. Enter Biotecture Planet Earth, a New Mexico–based nonprofit that specializes in sustainable building. The organization is constructing an off-grid, hurricane-resistant compound in Aguada, Puerto Rico. Built largely out of garbage such as tires and cans, the buildings include systems that provide electricity, collect water, and grow food. The compound will serve as an education and community center.

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  1. The nonprofit sector is better at solving problems than the government is.

    1. Though let’s not pretend that FEMA didn’t provide a shit load of aid. Not the Feds fault the Puerto Rican government cannot properly manage a bowel movement.

  2. Chef José Andrés had a similar story in his book “We Feed an Island”. How his group did a better job with food aid than FEMA. While both stories are important they don’t address the question of why Puerto Rico gets left out in disaster funding. It should not be the case that Florida and Texas get funds but Puerto Rico, also full of US citizens gets less.

    1. How many votes in the electoral college does PR deliver?

      I’m pretty sure that’s the only important criteria for the DeRps.

      1. None. PR is not a state. Although PR’s are IS citizens, they do not vote for Presidents in thw US unless they live in any of the 50 states. Why do people still not know this!!

    2. While both stories are important they don’t address the question of why Puerto Rico gets left out in disaster funding.

      Territory versus state–and Puerto Ricans have consistently indicated that they don’t want to be converted to state status. In fact, some of their own people led a violent Marxist (as if there was any other kind) separatist movement in the 70s that

      1. *that demanded an independent PR.

      2. Puerto Ricans have voted twice to become a state all ready.

        Check this out if you think Puerto Ricans want Independance.

        1. The last referendum was meaningless bullshit, though. Yes, like 95% supported statehood, but because the way the referendum was worded and set up was seen to be biased, most of the country boycotted it. There was like 22% turnout.

          PR can not become a state until a majority, not a plurality, of voters express their desire for statehood.

          You’re right about independence, though. No more than 5% of Puerto Ricans have ever wanted full independence (which made the PR independence terrorists even more insane). They are just split nearly half between the status quo and statehood.

          1. Low voter turnout invalidates fair and free elections now?

    3. ” It should not be the case that Florida and Texas get funds but Puerto Rico, also full of US citizens gets less.”

      You’re absolutely right. I, too, think that Florida and Texas should not be receiving federal disaster relief funds.

  3. Fake news.
    Only the government, specifically the US Federal government, can solve a problem. Each and every democratic candidate for president says do. It MUST be true.
    These clearly photoshopped pictures of a trash dump cannot shelter anyone, let alone support them.

  4. There’s just no way free enterprise can outperform the leviathan, especially when it comes to trash recycling.

    The photo is obviously fake news.

    1. Those bottle buildings? Back in the early 70s Heineken made square bottles like Leg-Os that could be troweled into walls like bricks. This was in Architectural Design, a British magazine. The recycling idea apparently didn’t catch on.

  5. Some hippy NGO built one of their hippy compounds.

    What does this have to do with ANY of the people of Puerto Rico?

    Did they eminent domain the land from them?

    And I really don’t know why they call them ‘NGOs’. They hoover up whatever fed money they can get and they create overpriced, shoddy crap that no one wants–plus they’re run by unelected bureaucrats. If that’s not an apt description of ‘government’–not to mention the Leftist Ideal, I don’t know what is.

    1. That’s a description of some of the characteristics of government, but I wouldn’t say sufficient conditions to be considered a government.
      A lot of NGOs are parasites, but it’s a pretty broad category.

      1. To the extent they did it without government money, or government force, good on them.

        1. But no one Puerto Rican built or rebuilt anything that helped Puerto Rico with this crew of idiots.

  6. Puerto Rico relied on subsidized solar panels and weendmills, all of which blew down. Like all other banana republics, my people elect anyone who promises to try to ban birth control and gun ownership, and believe in handouts, global warmunism and virgin birth.

  7. This is like the bit about “Foot Voting”. That people have the option is good.

    That people need to take it is not.

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