Politics of Puerto Rico heat up

Puerto Rico Faces a Flood of Fracked Gas in Wake of Hurricane Maria

In an exclusive interview with CNN, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said he would not sit back and allow his officials to be bullied by the White House.

Does it feel that way sometimes?

"If the bully gets close, I'll punch the bully in the mouth", Rosselló said.

White House reporter Jeremy Diamond revealed on Friday that President Donald Trump's Senate working group on healthcare is another figment of the president's active imagination, saying no such thing exists.

Besides Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 storm, also devastated Dominica and the US Virgin Islands in September 2017.

Just this week, NBC News reported that Trump had told Republican legislators at a closed-door meeting that Puerto Rico had received too much money to rebuild after Hurricane Maria.

The bill is likely to spark a broader debate in both the states and Puerto Rico about the island's status as a US territory.

The President responded Thursday afternoon by declaring that he had personally saved the island from ruination after Hurricane Maria in 2017. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among other candidates, have called for admitting Puerto Rico as a state if that is what the island votes to approve.

"This bill is a huge step in building a sustainable future for Puerto Rico", said Senator Eduardo Bhatia, a leading proponent of PS 1121, CleanTechnia.

Puerto Rico has been in an economic recession for about 13 years and faces a government debt crisis, leading hundreds of thousands of residents to move to the States as the island's poverty rate rise about three times as high as the average in the United States. However, the new Puerto Rico renewable energy targets outlined by bill PS 1121 (which the Puerto Rico senate passed on March 25) will see the American territory stepping away from these dirty fossil fuels.

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