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Power Out in DC, And Will Be For Days

With much of Montgomery County still without power and ongoing 911 problems continuing across Northern Virginia on Sunday afternoon, local officials vowed to press utilities to restore service more quickly.

“I will not accept the timetable of July the 6th, said Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D), shortly after Pepco announced some homes would not have their power restored until Friday or even later. “Having our citizens go seven days without utilities in my opinion is not the kind of service we should expect.”

Underscoring how recovery from Friday night’s storm will stretch into the week ahead, all public schools in the District will be closed for summer sessions on Monday.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/power-outages-could-last...



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Linda Cross's picture

I used to live where there was no electric, no indoor plumbing.

My 4 children went to sleep shortly after dark. Later, living in the USA, I was tempted to shut off the main breaker at night. In retrospect, I should have. :)

If you see something, say something, the government is listening.
Silence isn't golden, it's yellow.

The utility

Companies all have private contracts with the government. Corruption and laziness.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

Due to the blackout

our government will probably be the most effective mode it has ever been in--unable to do anything!

Just think if it! No laws or regulations passed for several days!
Hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of tax dollars saved!

I do pity the ordinary folk in DC though. Must be pretty miserable to be in a big city without A/C. And I'm sure the criminal element is having a heyday.

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Congress, etc., all have

Congress, etc., all have power.

(I just realized the pun)

Wow great.

For waaaay less than our current costs of protecting the heroin trade and the oil pipelines over in sunny Afghanistan, we could have put all of our damn power lines underground. Then, while it may cost the companies more per repair, they'd be repairing 8000x less often, since catastrophic floods occur with less frequency than thunderstorms. A person could potentially go half their life before seeing a power outage, which is how it should be, considering the in-frickin-sane prices that we're being gouged with.
I don't even need to point out that such a massive, nationwide public works project, might just help the economy a tiny bit.

Or

All the money we give to Israel and the money we have to give to all their arab neighbor countries to keep things fair. With all that money plus what we spend on illegal resource wars we could do wonders for our own country. But no we have to support those damned zionist and support the arabs nations because we support the vile zionist in Israhell.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

Actually in newer

Actually in newer neighborhoods around me, they are putting all the power lines in the ground.(ones that have been built in the last decade)

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

I think I remember them doing that near Lake Tahoe as well.

But you're right, it's just in certain newer developments.

But at least Iraq and

But at least Iraq and Afghanistan got new roads so it was worth it.

Yes

Making it so much easier to IED bomb convoys!

Conscience does not exist if not exercised

"No matter how cynical you get, it's impossible to keep up!
---Lily Tomlin

Our tax dollars at work.

Our tax dollars at work.

When I read the title, I thought you meant it metaphorically!

I thought it was in reference to the fact that most of the powers that be leave the city of D.C. this time of year.

Power drain! LOL

Gingrich: Mild Taste EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse)?

Newt Gingrich issued a warning, based on the
destructive storms that hit the Washington,
D.C. area over the weekend, on Twitter:

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/newt-gingrich-dc-weather...

Power out for a few days: Annoying

Power out for a few years?

http://www.ProtectThePowerGrid.org/

http://www.TinyURL.com/PowerGrid-Sun

How do we know it wasn't an EMP?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl64LXryFS8&feature=related

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Sheesh

It's amazing how antsi people get without their toys. Instead of looking at this as a challenge and adventure, not to mention a chance to meet their neighbors, maybe hold a block party or cleanup, they expect the utility companies to wave a magic wand and fix it, already. I realize that power outages get old, fast, but that just means you need more patience.

I'm always amazed at how quickly these things are repaired. When one considers the size of the task and the skills and resources required, it's amazing how they have the systems in place to contact their back-up resources, etc. Of course it takes a few hours for people to get there from outside the affected areas.

Linemen have a potentially lethal job. They should not be permitted to work more than 16-18 hours without sleep (studies show this is like working drunk). I think people can do without their TV's for long enough to let linemen do the work safely, and without costing any lives.

You can bet that linemen in the area are not reading this post because they are working right now, but it is a shame to insult them to their families, who may read this site now or later, and who are waiting for their hero to come home.

It's not a good way to win support for the movement, either.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

With all

The money people pay I would expect my electricity back ASAP. Not tomorrow or next week. 24 hrs. $300-$400 electric bills warrant fast service and repair. That or drop the bills. Those a**holes would be whistling a different tune out of their a**es if the American people were shooting at them.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

Did it occur to you

that there are small children, elderly people, and people that are susceptible to the high temperatures? People who could actually DIE from the heat and humidity! And you think you can win them to Ron Paul by calling them cry babies???

Yes, I agree, most linemen are working their tails off, and in the high temps! And I appreciate it and I'm sure the people getting electricity back up do to. But when people are hurting they do tend to cry, you would too!

The fact is that they are

There are people dying from the heat...and its important. In the area there is usually a great deal of humidity coupled with 100 degree temperatures. This is unhealthy for just about anyone. So, the survivalist in this is looking for a way to keep their family from having a stroke. Not exactly fun.

We should all boycott the utility companies

They are incompetent.

They are milking it imo.

Most of them spend most of their time in the coffee shops from what I have seen.

You always see their trucks in there.

They must think they are bureaucrats or something.

donvino

Like I said

They need to get shot at.

"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing." - Andrew Jackson

There is also blatent misconduct and corruption.

On a search engine enter DWP workers drinking and driving.

The employees were attending a strip-club.

That DWP employees are the highest-paid in the city of Los Angeles, according to an article.

Grocery Stores

Looks like they will be very busy on the weekend.

Kinda of ironic, all of those bureaucrats and media people without power for all that time.

They probably just went on holidays anyway.

donvino

Yea I'm pretty sure Justice

Yea I'm pretty sure Justice Roberts isn't sitting around sweating from no air conditioner.

This won't affect the powerful political and media douches, it will only hurt the poor people.

Efficiency vs. stability

Our power grid is way too "optimized". A system that is working at 99% capacity may be maximally efficient, but it is also a fragile house of cards ready to fall at the slightest stress.

A power company could add excess capacity, redundant transformers, backup systems, etc. to avoid catastrophic failures, but all of this would add cost to the consumer.

So how does the "free market" answer this challenge?

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The Virtual Conspiracy

reedr3v's picture

dispersal of the power monopolies

is one direction. Many open source innovators are already at work developing and testing small, efficient power generators from a variety of sources. Freedom to innovate and challenge monopolies is always the way forward for technology.

By reducing taxes on

By reducing taxes on utilities, those utility companies can increase capacity and improve safety margins. The downside, according to environmentalists, is we're increasing fossil fuel burn and heat output since prices are currently artificially high.

“Having our citizens go seven

“Having our citizens go seven days without utilities in my opinion is not the kind of service we should expect.”

Well maybe if there werent utility monopolies, and there were competition, this wouldnt happen.

Utility monopolies is where we are headed.

That's right, less competition, not more is what is happening.

Where I live in Florida, our power company, Progress Energy, is in the process of merging with Duke Power. This will form the largest power company in the country. Progress Energy already has rates that are 25% higher than the other companies in Florida, but the CEO of Duke Power is flatly admitting that our rates are going to be steeply increased. This is in order to pay for capital upgrades like building nuclear power plants, etc. Why don't the private investors and shareholders who get the profits pay for these capital expenditures?

My electric bills are insanely high. I wish I could afford solar and get off the grid.

Ann in Florida