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Here's a idea that will cost the taxpayers nothing, let the utilities do what is need to maintain the infrastructure and stop pandering to the environmentalists ween they want to cut down a tree.
1 posted on 04/26/2012 6:27:24 PM PDT by matt04
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Gee!! What happens when a hurricane or tornado hits those windmills and Solar panels.

Talk about power outages.


2 posted on 04/26/2012 6:31:13 PM PDT by Venturer
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We had an ice storm last winter that put the lights out for ~800k users for up to 96 hours. None of it was aging infrastructure - all of it was unprecedented ice bringing down trees onto the lines.


3 posted on 04/26/2012 6:34:10 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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yes trees and power lines don’t mix ,you want trees go live in the deep woods


5 posted on 04/26/2012 6:41:03 PM PDT by molson209
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To: matt04

Yeah, I’m sure congress can fix it!


6 posted on 04/26/2012 6:41:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: matt04

How about sticking your nose out of our lives Congress!


9 posted on 04/26/2012 6:45:14 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eat my dog!)
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To: matt04
I was one of those New Englanders who lost power for a week during the October snowstorm. It had nothing to do with an "aging grid" or slow response from utility workers (who did a great job by the way).

It had to do with the fact that utility companies, in an effort to boost their bottom line, discontinued the proactive process of trimming trees and limbs from the power lines.

When I was younger, a common sight in my neighborhood were tree crews, hired by the power companies, trimming trees and branches that were anywhere close to the power lines. The result was that power losses were rare and quickly restored when they did happen because any damage was localized and easy for crews to respond to in a timely manner.

And yes, we had big storms back then too. Hurricane Gloria in 1985, the great Blizzard of 1978, just to name a couple. Did not lose power during those powerful storms. Yet now I lose power pretty much every time we have a major wind or an ice storm.

11 posted on 04/26/2012 6:53:31 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 22 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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and an emerging pattern in the United States of more frequent and stronger storms

Jeff Bingaman, you lie...

15 posted on 04/26/2012 7:33:55 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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Bingaman... what a piece of work! Where were you on Congressional hearings when your constituents in NM had their gas turned OFF for no discernible reason in the middle of a winter storm last year?


16 posted on 04/26/2012 7:44:08 PM PDT by LaRueLaDue
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