Let’s Stop Losing Power And Bury The Lines

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The after effects of Hurricane Matthew are still being felt along the East Coast, especially in South Carolina. These residual issues, after the water and winds have gone, take the form of crippling power outages lasting for days, leaving many without access to heat and food. After taking a look at the effects on the electrical grid, one thing is abundantly clear – changes must be made to the manner in which power is provided and transferred from the source to the American people.

It is well-known that the American electrical grid, even absent natural disasters, is already overtaxed, presenting an enormous risk not only to the living standards of the American people but also a legitimate national security concern. Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse website has written extensively on the vulnerability of the U.S. power grid.

Consider his article “If One Storm Can Turn D.C. Dark For Several Days, What Would A Massive EMP Burst Do?” In his article, Snyder details the aftermath of the “derecho” that swept across the Midwest and South, leaving millions without power for almost a week.

What should be even more concerning is the fact that the American power grid is not so much a grid as it is a patchwork of varying methods of energy provision strung together in haphazard fashion. This is no way for the American people, who rely so much on electricity, to receive power in the 21st century.

To top it all off, the vast majority of power is provided by private utility companies whose only reason for existence is to make a profit (as is the case for all private companies). Thus, the cost of the utilities provided by these companies is generally much more expensive and the services are generally less efficient than those areas in which power is provided by the municipality.

Completely aside from the argument regarding whether or not private utilities or government-owned utilities are more desirable, however, is the fact that, in the 21st Century, an approaching storm, winter, wind, or otherwise, should not signal the loss of power for days and weeks.

Currently, in most parts of the country, the American power grid is strung together with temporary power cables that themselves rest upon temporary poles. This method of power connectivity may have served us well enough early on, but times have progressed and our technology and services should progress along with them. Power lines strung on overloaded wooden poles is no longer a sustainable option for transferring power in this century.

We must immediately begin work to investigate methods to bury power cables underground so that falling limbs and other accidents no longer cause wide-scale power outages. Compared to the constant maintenance these lines require in their current mode, such a project is well within the range of cost-effectiveness when looked at from a long-term perspective. In addition, the elimination of worry over all too common weather-related power outages would be well worth the investment from both the point of view of the municipality, power company, and especially the consumer.

In some locations, power lines are already buried underground. The individuals fortunate enough to live in these areas are virtually immune to ice, snow, and wind related outages from downed power lines. While much of the east coast was plunged in frigid darkness, these citizens were able to sympathize from the warmth of their own homes as they watched the scenes unfold on their television.

Of course, it is true that burying power cables does not necessarily mean that they will be immune to all forms of damage and that power outages will no longer exist. However, the vulnerability of power services to damage will be greatly reduced, thus reducing the amount of outages resulting from the damage that is now considered “business as usual.”

The only legitimate argument against burying power cables, outside of some very unique and specific environmental concern for a specific location, is the element of cost.

While such a project would indeed cost a large sum of money, this financing is readily available in the form of interest free credit as provided by a nationalized Federal Reserve or as a partially nationalized Fed working in the interest of the American people.

Such financing should indeed be included as part of the overall revamping and rebuilding of the national infrastructure, an immediate necessity that should be pursued without delay.

This national revitalization program can be easily accomplished by nationalizing the Federal Reserve and subsequently issuing the required amount of money through 0% interest credit to either private companies or local governments. If the Federal Reserve can cough up trillions of dollars of cheap credit for Wall Street, it can cough up an equal amount for the American people and their infrastructure.

Even better, a nationalized Federal Reserve can immediately begin to buy up state, local, and municipal bonds at 0% interest plus 100 year maturity requirements. This would provide the necessary financing to bury power cables and free the United States from such ever-increasing failures of the current power system while allowing these governments to pay for the developments with no fear of financial foreclosure or indebtedness to a private banking cartel.

If the reader is interested in the ways that the Federal Reserve can be nationalized and used to generate a national recovery, please read my article Nationalize the Federal Reserve for details on this concept.

In the 21st Century, simple winter storms, wind gusts, and other seasonal disturbances should not be capable of cutting off power to such a large portion of the country for such a long period of time. Instead of increasing austerity, privatization, and cost cutting, it is time for America to reinvest in its own infrastructure, reject unfair trade deals, engage in healthy protectionism, and thus begin a national economic recovery.

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Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 andvolume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 900 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews.
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  • Kansas_Voter

    This seems like a perfect example of “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of the cure” so I don’t know why utility companies haven’t always buried power lines. Whenever there’s a big ice storm in the south I read about local Kansas tree trimming companies going down there to help get rid of the tree limbs and get power restored, and that can’t be cheap. It’s also a quality of life issue, because I was lucky enough to grow up in a neighborhood with underground lines and that gave us kids more freedom to do whatever we wanted in our backyards.

    • David S

      Government protectionism of their monopolies gives them absolutely NO incentive to do anything that makes sense. They will always be able to charge more as needed as they have no real competition (thanks to government). It most certainly won’t be any better under a government monopoly utility service. Just look at the postal service, the VA, and every other failed government monopoly across the nation.

    • As always, follow the money. Companies do not think ahead. It’s all about money right now. If they plan for ten years ahead, they’d have to spend money, and they don’t want to do that. They want to siphon off as much as they can for “investors”. When the lines blow down, they can raise rates to pay for the maintenance they should have been doing all along.

  • Scoot Wad

    Will never happen as long as it is up to private companies. They will not sacrifice profits today to maybe profit more tomorrow. Same with healthcare and many other critical industries or services, it should be nationalized. Get the profit pigs out of this trough and it is fixed like all the others broken systems in this country. From the fed to daycare, private profits hurt public service.

    • Libertymike

      You want government to be totally in charge of the generation and delivery of power? You want to use violence to impose your Chavezist utopia upon the rest of us?

      Free enterprise is always superior to communism, socialism, and crony-capitalism. Was it government that invented electricity? Was it some commissar who invented the light bulb? Was it a party apparatchik who created the telephone?

      The answer lies, as always, with liberty. Get the government out of the power business altogether. That means that the state should not get in the way of the inventors, the innovators, and the resourceful who are motivated to improve and revolutionize the delivery of electricity. It also means abolishing all of the local and regional monopolies – including the municipally owned companies that do not face any competition.

      You appear to favor more centralization, more vertically structured top-down pyramidal management and control. You appear to want more of the Potomac, not less. You appear to be yammering for more control by the 1% aka the ruling class. Do you think that bunch wants to decentralize the generation, delivery, and storage of electricity?

      Like all socialist schemes, your utopia will lead to dramatically poorer service, less innovation, less individual liberty, in general, and less economic liberty and privacy, in particular.

      • Scoot Wad

        Yeah pretty much, can’t be worse than this utopia you got going here. Read up on how all capitalist schemes, including this one, end. And from what I know of history, capitalist forces always corrupt and subvert socialism. Not the other way around. Why is that if capitalism is so superior?

      • David S

        I’m really not sure when this website went from common sense appreciation for sound economics and liberty to support for raving socialism, progressivism, and dysfunctional belief in government “utopia” but it happened at some point. You of course are right on the money. Most people simply do not want to acknowledge just how insidious the penetration of government micromanagement is into EVERY aspect of our lives and our economy or how that very micromanagement is the REAL reason why everything they think is the “free market” is a complete and total failure. Keep up the sound posts, but don’t be surprised on this site if its like beating your head against a brick wall.

        • gmatch

          Common sense – you don’t have.

      • gmatch

        Financing the military trash and the military trash people is a socialist program.

  • gmatch

    Well the next successful in America will be water and sewage lines on utility poles. I always wondered why this not only eyesores are so common in US. Gosh Hawaii would look much better without utility poles.