We still don't have power on South Main Street in Middletown. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know, it was a big storm. Historical, right? I was in it. I heard on the radio this morning that CL&P admits that it does not have even as many linemen as it did when Hurricane Gloria struck in 1985. That's really swell. That explains a lot.
Something's really screwed up with ALL of our systems -- utilities, political, corporate, business, etc. Have you noticed? Do you see the trend? I have this theory: Systems expand until they fall apart. Ours are falling apart one by one. Time to start making wholesale changes now.
Look where we are. We have brilliant 21st century inventions of computers and miracle devices needing an electrical charge, all being run by a 19th century distribution system. It's absurd to make the community dependent on electricity and then design the power distribution system to be as stupidly vulnerable as it is.
We can do two things, either start by burying the power lines, or take another look at Tesla's genius. The great, early genius of electric power, Nikola Tesla (the inventor of alternating current) had a plan for distributing electricity wirelessly. WIRELESSLY! Read about him on Wikipedia. OK, he was a bit of a nut. But we just need his ideas, we don't need his psychological profile.
Research, build, and switch to his idea. Start today and don't waste time. Do we have natural gas lines hanging from poles? It wouldn't make sense and neither does electricity hanging from poles.
Our systems, all of them, exist because they were designed to make a small percentage of people rich and/or powerful. Screw them! Let's make our systems work for everybody .Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times