Unfortunately, that is the type of mentality involved here. The only problem is the military would be woefully inadequate to even attempt such an endeavor. They'd end up, at best, contracting back out to the same utilities to restore power.
When entire grids are shut down, it takes a considerable amount of system knowledge, verification, and coordination(literally and electrically) to get those systems back on line reliably without frying numerous transformers and/or single phasing motors all over the place and starting fires, while keeping the system down even longer.
I suspect the utilities performed simple load shedding to increase the grid reliability to compensate for the greater risks evolving from inclement weather. It's in their best interest to restore power as soon as practical, because the power consumption is how they make money. Meanwhile, turning it back on too hastily can cause even more costly damages and delays. There are good reasons why it takes time to restore some utilities after a major weather event.
“When entire grids are shut down, it takes a considerable amount of system knowledge, verification, and coordination(literally and electrically) to get those systems back on line reliably”
These people, the tri staters, will not wring their hands waiting for FEMA to come in. BO has no role here, and, as usual, because he does not know Americans, has no Americans in his extended family and friends (he has no friends) he mis underestimates the resilience of these people.
Look at his schedule today:
Fly on AF One around noon
Ride around in the Gov’s Helo for an hour
Return to WH in time for Jeopordy and cookies
FEMA can’t tell FDNY how to handle things, those are people who have generations of expertise on how to handle all emergencies particular to their area.
Even Bloombie told him he can’t deal with the dog and pony show.
I’ll bet he can’t tolerate a second of the lecturing, “And,uh I uh I told them AAh, I want, Uh I want them to get done what needs to be ah done. And I want uh I don’t want to hear uh how you can’t do it uh I want to hear uh. . .”
Waterboard me, please.
Ayway, he has no role except to authorize funds. No reason not to think he’s working that for every stich of attention possible.