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Bury the Power Lines

I have been pushing this issue for years as I have seen outage after outage that are completely avoidable. It is really a national shame that we continue to let our people suffer and die during these outages.  

We should start a national effort to improve the reliability of local power grids

Governments at all levels need to focus on improving the reliability of their local power grids. Many wealthy communities and new subdivisions have already done this by burying their power lines, but in older and poorer areas, unhardened aerial power lines remain the rule. Congress should fund a continuing yearly budget line item for power grid hardening until it is complete. On July 6, 2012 Rachel Maddow spent a good deal of time discussing this issue on her nightly show. See the clip at


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