When the flow of oil stopped (V): Transport and food supply
During the 1980s Cuba achieved decent levels of mobility, particularly public transportation. A local factory could assemble the so-called “Giron” buses, a bus resting on a chassis of a Russian truck, vehicles that became the backbone of local and medium distance travel.
Fighting the fire with gasoline
When the flow of oil stopped (IV): Descentralization
The way the economy had been organized in Cuba from 1959-1990 could not resist the impact of the dramatic drop of the energy supply, something we could call “Cuban peakoil”, and the country had to seek ways to copewith the new situation. Following are insights into attempts to cope focusing upon decentralization, transportation, food provision and housing.
The price of the oil