Monday, November 5, 2012

Still Powerless

The first thing I would like to make as clear as possible is that I may not know what I am talking about.  For I certainly don’t have any facts or figures that would serve as admissible evidence in an officially-recognized court-of-law, but it makes perfect sense to me.

What I’m talking about is the thought that zipped through concerning there still being so many without any power in New Jersey and New York after Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy blew through almost a week ago.  For with threats to our power grid from terrorists and others being so well known for a while now, military bases should have dozens (if not hundreds) of large portable generators waiting to be deployed when needed.

No, these generators would not help with problems to the distribution of electricity due to water contamination from flooding at individual sites.  That is, other than also being outfitted with large capacity pumps, of course.  Nonetheless, there would not be nearly as much chaos still ensuing due to so very many fuel stations being still without power from the grid.  For these generators would be more than capable of powering a service station/convenience store or work together with several to provide power to offload crude oil to a refinery and power the refinery itself to keep fuel available in sufficient amounts.

Come on now, what if we were looking at months before the power grid could be restored?  Are you going to tell me that mobs would not be roaming the streets like a scene out of some apocalyptic movie?

Yes, having hundreds of large portable generators standing by would undoubtedly cost millions, but with daily cyber-attacks against the computerized systems that control our national power distribution grid already happening, do we have a choice?  May we elect some leaders with some sense.

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