13 Aug '12, 2am

U.S Drought and India's Blackouts: Here's the Connection @OnEarthMag

U.S Drought and India's Blackouts: Here's the Connection @OnEarthMag

Great points. I think this article could be broken into four or five more. What I get from the article is that the "heat wave" is forcing most of the world to use more power to cool off, and no power grid, much less the ones in place, can keep up with the demand. American coal mines may have a new customer base to target, India (wonder about Southern Russia and Europe?), but even with 123 new power plants, it hasn't really kept up with the growing demand for electricity in India. The problem seems to stem from an electrical grid that loses 30% of its power during transmission. We have a huge supply of more efficient natural gas in the US, but the same lack luster electrical grid problem. In related articles that I have read lately, the north eastern US electrical companies did a study about making their lines more efficient and possibly burying to prevent blackouts due to ...

Full article: http://www.onearth.org/article/us-drought-and-indias-blac...

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