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Monday, July 24, 2006
power blackouts across America
I didn't realize that there have been massive power outages across the US.
I only did a search when I read that a data centre in LA had been down
(which is a bit of an issue in and of itself, since the whole point of a data centre is that it has backup power so that it never goes down).
Anyway, in the amazing non-conservation ("a private virtue"), non-Globally-Warming US,
severe weather (thunderstorms mostly) + power drains = power failure.
As a side note, just consider how much of our civilization depends on the weather being good, most of the time. Want to fly somewhere? No problem, sail into the clear sky. Want to put up some infrastructure? No problem, sunny days.
Plus which, is it just me, or is the fact that people are drawing so much power that the wires are literally melting perhaps a sign that conservation might be useful?
So, here's what popped up in Google News:
CNN - St. Louis struggles without power - July 24, 2006
Daily Journal - Power outages continue, but with cooler temperatures - July 23, 2006
New York Times - Restoration of Power in Queens Remains in Doubt - July 23, 2006
10news.com - Another Day, Another Power Record Set - July 23, 2006
dailynews.com - Power outages, heat blanket Valley - July 23, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle - State's power supply starting to feel strain from record heat wave - July 23, 2006
Somehow, the conclusion appears to be that there is a need for more... supply.
Reuters - Record U.S. power demand points to supply need - July 23, 2006
America - "Making Ourselves a Third World Country, So the Terrorists Can't Win"
UPDATE: On another note, Cut to the Chase
makes an excellent point, which is that Baghdad is also ridiculously hot, and it has been without steady power now for years, post-invasion. Which doesn't seem to bother the American Powers that Be at all.