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Ecuador’s New Hot Water Challenge

President Correa has sparked a new debate over one of the most basic creature comforts:  hot water.  Currently, the state subsidizes the price of propane gas tanks throughout the country, which are commonly used as cooking fuel and as the fuel for hot water heaters in most homes.  Declaring that state subsidies were meant only to support cooking uses, Correa has mandated that no more gas hot water heaters are to be sold or used in the country.

Unfortunately, the mandate was put in without providing an alternative to the gas hot water heaters (calefones).  As a result, Correa is being heaped with abuse by social commentators and heavily mocked on Twitter by Ecuadorians who have no interest in a cold shower (  Discussions of the issue freely admit that Ecuador has some financial and social challenges to overcome, but most deny that taking away the country’s hot showers is any kind of answer.


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