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    U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Experts on the nation's electricity system point to a frighteningly steep increase in non-disaster-related outages affecting at least 50,000 consumers.

    During the past two decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent -- up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005, according to research at the University of Minnesota.

    In the most recently analyzed data available, utilities reported 36 such outages in 2006 alone.
    Im sure my fellow Northeasterners remember the massive blackout in 03. Fortunately there was no chaos, death, destruction and old fashion panic. Of course that was a time when the economy wasnt in the basement either.

    U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing - CNN.com

    Northeast Blackout of 2003 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Im sure my fellow Northeasterners remember the massive blackout in 03. Fortunately there was no chaos, death, destruction and old fashion panic. Of course that was a time when the economy wasnt in the basement either.

    U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing - CNN.com

    Northeast Blackout of 2003 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yup, our infrastructure is falling apart. It is quite old, and some of it is even obsolete. A Manhattan Project to restore it would not only be desirable, but would put people back to work too.
    Yep, I would be 100% behind such a program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yup, our infrastructure is falling apart. It is quite old, and some of it is even obsolete. A Manhattan Project to restore it would not only be desirable, but would put people back to work too.
    Wasn't that the point of the stimulus projects?
    To update stuff like this.

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    Re: U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yup, our infrastructure is falling apart. It is quite old, and some of it is even obsolete. A Manhattan Project to restore it would not only be desirable, but would put people back to work too.
    The GOP would stand resolutely against such a thing. I mean, the vast majority of Republicans voted against a healthcare bill for 9/11 first responders because those damned LibboDems had the nerve to pay for it by raising taxes by closing tax-shelter-nation loopholes used by corportations to avoid paying income taxes.

    YOU CAN'T SPEND MORE MONEY ON FRIVILOUS THINGS LIKE ELECTRICITY! RARR THE SPENDING!

    edit: More on-topic, we do need such a program. I'd suggest streamlining the approval process for nuclear power plants, and providing government-backed loans/insurance for their construction. Our energy consumption is increasing rapidly, and for energy density you just can't beat nuclear power. The cost of a nuke plant is mainly due to the enormous red tape involved in construction. The fuel budget at a nuke plant is usually on par with the cafeteria budget.
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    Re: U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Yup, our infrastructure is falling apart. It is quite old, and some of it is even obsolete. A Manhattan Project to restore it would not only be desirable, but would put people back to work too.
    I would also suggest that our current way of life is not sustainable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    I would also suggest that our current way of life is not sustainable.
    You're correct as long as the progressives and environmentalists are in charge it is not sustainable. We can't drill here, we can't drill there. We can't go nuclear. We can't build new refineries. Obama wants to bankrupt the coal industry. Natural gas is dangerous, Blah blah blah. If you think we can live on wind and solar, we may as well go back to living in caves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    You're correct as long as the progressives and environmentalists are in charge it is not sustainable. We can't drill here, we can't drill there. We can't go nuclear. We can't build new refineries. Obama wants to bankrupt the coal industry. Natural gas is dangerous, Blah blah blah. If you think we can live on wind and solar, we may as well go back to living in caves.
    Oil will run out, so will coal, I'm all for nuclear power, it's safe, and the waste can be stored safely. Solar power is alot better than it was years ago, and it's not unrealistic to have solar panels on the majority of peoples roofs in 15-20 years. I think it's time to move on from oil, natural gas, and coal, it's hard to get, it hurts the environment, and it will run out. The sun won't.(Well it will, but by that time we better be living on a another planet or it's bye bye humans.)
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    Re: U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Quote Originally Posted by chevydriver1123 View Post
    Im sure my fellow Northeasterners remember the massive blackout in 03. Fortunately there was no chaos, death, destruction and old fashion panic. Of course that was a time when the economy wasnt in the basement either.

    U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing - CNN.com

    Northeast Blackout of 2003 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: U.S. electricity blackouts skyrocketing

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    You're correct as long as the progressives and environmentalists are in charge it is not sustainable. We can't drill here, we can't drill there. We can't go nuclear. We can't build new refineries. Obama wants to bankrupt the coal industry. Natural gas is dangerous, Blah blah blah. If you think we can live on wind and solar, we may as well go back to living in caves.
    Oops, you little rant forgot to say that our society is extremely wasteful.
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