posted on Sep, 25 2018 @ 08:09 AM
The real problem with the US electrical grid(s) is a philosophical one. Between the 1970s and 1990s, engineers treated redundancy built into a system
as 'waste'. They removed redundancies wherever they could, in the name of enhanced "efficiency." You can see this in just-in-time inventory, and
also in load-sharing networks, where redundancy is replaced with the ability to redistribute the load over the network.
So now we have a system composed of overburdened components, that will share the failure with all other members in the event of a crisis.
The 2003 US/Ontario blackout was caused by a tree falling on some power lines in Ohio, at the same moment a cat was electrocuted on a neighboring
network. Those types of problems have been addressed; but hacking the electrical controls for those grids could generate cascading crises on larger
scale. And with computers, you no longer need an actually falling tree or frying cat to start the crisis off. you can push a button in an Internet
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