Saturday, December 29, 2012

"In Storm's Wake, 100,000 Still Without Power in Arkansas, Texas"

...reads the headline in today's Los Angeles Times. This was just posted on Facebook:

How can a power grid be so poorly designed or in the case of this, the wealthiest nation on earth, so poorly maintained, that people can be left without power for three weeks in the middle of winter ?

Answer: There is only so much we as a society are willing to spend on "power." In many states, regulators have made the utility shed crews to keep rates low. So, when a disaster occurs, time is wasted bringing crews in from several states away.

From the 50's to the 70's were spent building new, reliable sources of power and building the grid. Now, we spend it on expensive and unreliable "green" energy like wind power. We have plenty of clean natural gas plus new-generation nuclear has a role to play. Let's stop littering the Great Plains with wind towers and get back to work building reliable energy.

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