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Living In The Dark: Why The U.S. Needs To Upgrade The Grid

Guest post written by Massoud Amin

Publication: Forbes
Issue Date: July 2012

In July 1977, I was a 16-year-old high school student visiting New York City, excited to see the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and other iconic sights. While I was there, lightning triggered a 24-hour blackout that cut power to nine million residents. During the darkness, I witnessed both the chaos and kindness that result from severe power outages. Looters smashed their way into electronic stores, there were about 3,800 arrests, fires burned across the city and normal life came to a halt. Read more