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btw, the whole point of exposing the weakness was to underscore the need for an entire rethink about the grid.  What we wanted was a decentralized, renewable-based, load-following smart grid, and the only language to sell it was to talk about national security.  i've had this discussion in the white house itself, with the then-chief energy advisor.  They did not see the threat.

Cut:  late 90's.  the guys next to me in the posh San Fran bar seemed like government types.  We talked, they offered me a fine cigar.  (Smoking was against the law in SF then, but not in this connected bar.)  Turned out they were Clinton staffers.  I detailed the above scenario, their reaction was "the government would never allow that to hapen."

Three days later, i'm driving a truck w/ girlfriend's belongings down from Portland to SF.  When it's time to refuel, the first couple stations said they couldn't pump, so i finally turned on the radio, to find out the power was out from border to border, and wide into the west.  Winds got some lines swinging in NorCal, causing a short which blew safety buses and fried a transformer, setting up the cascade.

The fragility of the grid is worse now.  Only rebuilding it from the perspective of renewables can change it, until then the vulnerability remains.  But there's no money available, because it's all going into bunker-busters and their delivery systems.

Does anyone think the general strike on 6 November has a chance of stopping this steamroller.  i sure hope so.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 26th, 2007 at 02:31:06 AM EST
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