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WASHINGTON — It sounds like a science-fiction disaster: A nuclear weapon is detonated miles above the Earth's atmosphere and knocks out power from New York City to Chicago for weeks, maybe months.
Experts and lawmakers are increasingly warning that terrorists or enemy states could wage that exact type of attack, idling electricity grids and disrupting everything from communications networks to military defenses.
Backlog for these transformers can be as much as three years.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. electric grid is outdated and needs a major overhaul if it is to carry electricity generated by renewable energy sources, a senior official with Southern California Edison told Congress on Thursday.
The Obama administration has called for doubling the amount of U.S. electricity produced by renewable sources, such as wind and solar power, during the next three years to reduce greenhouse emissions that cause global warming.
However, a so-called "smart" grid will be needed to transmit those power supplies from where they are generated in remote areas to consumers and businesses in cities.
The U.S can build all the wind turbines and solar arrays it wants, but until it does something about improving its outmoded electricity grid, renewable energy will never reach its potential. What we need is a new electricity transmission system, with the costs shared by all.
Originally posted by MR BOB
reply to post by netwarrior
Its anoying but again, i dont see how it can be classed as a terrorist attack, I dont even think it should be put in the same league.
This is a job for the police and maybe the FBI. not really people investigating people who want to set of bombs in public places/bio attack/ "suitcase nuke".
It could be good for people, not having to worry about their mobiles. watching tv. stupid music played on the radio
[edit on 17-9-2009 by MR BOB]