Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Prolonged Power Outage Overshadows US Independence Day

No Quick Fix; Nation's Aging Infrastructure Increasingly Vulnerable 

America's aging power lines need to be replaced, buried; but the cost seems staggeringly high. So prolonged power outages and life-threatening, economically devastating blackouts are accepted as inevitable. Read more.

An electrical transmission and distribution system that was largely built from the 1930s to the '70s must be upgraded--without crushing ordinary people and businesses with soaring energy costs--if the United States is to avoid slipping into Third World conditions. But the likelihood of a solution--massive government spending on infrastructure at home instead of on unnecessary interventions abroad--is slim at best in the Age of Austerity.