U.S. Woefully Unprepared for a Blackout Like India’s: Analysis
Two major blackouts last week left hundreds of millions of Indians in the dark. PM contributor Glenn Harlan Reynolds says despite its advanced grid, the U.S. needs major improvements in infrastructure and preparedness to be ready for a major power loss.
By Glenn Harlan Reynolds
August 6, 2012 2:16 PM
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Last week, India suffered two huge blackouts. Tuesday’s cut power to 370 million people; another one on Wednesday blacked out 670 million people, making it the worst blackout in the history of humanity.
Talking about this with a colleague, I said, “Don’t worry. That can’t happen here.” “Why not?” she asked. “Because we don’t have 670 million people,” I replied.
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As a fat old white guy injineer, E-lect-trick-al for that matter, I know how fragile our infrastructure is.
A power outage for a week and we are in TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It).
Civilization will break down in a month.
Personally, I’m suggesting that only the Amish, the Mormons, and a few preppers will survive.
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