Hearing that people are still without power has become a regular thing on the news. If not from these occasional severe storms, then from the yearly snow storms and hurricanes. How many times do the power lines have to go down for people to realize that maybe it might be time to do something about it?
On CNN they had a spokesperson from a utility company and their response to the question of burring the lines was that it just couldn’t be done. Well I call BS on that. It just proves that its too easy to fall into maintaining the status quo. This would make a great infrastructure project to update and upgrade our electric grid. Prevent things like cascading blackouts, improve efficiencies so we lose less electricity during transmission, and protect it from the dangers of mother nature.
These problems are simply engineering problems, we just have to make the decision to fix them or simply patch them up.