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  •  I'd be very (4+ / 0-)

    interested to know the viability of using existing transportation corridors (interstate highways and rail lines) for HVDC lines.  Both are already limited access, and I wonder if there's the potential to shift petroleum usage to electric.  The environmental case isn't really strong, but there's a national security case to be made about economic continuity in the wake of any sort of major supply cut.

    by ManfromMiddletown on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 10:15:56 PM PST

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    •  there's also a natsec issue re. the "smart" grid. (2+ / 0-)
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      Frank Knarf, elfling

      The "smart" grid as presently being designed & promoted, is a national security risk for cyberattack waiting to happen.  Huge potential disaster.  Cybersecurity people are freaking out over the level of risk that's being incurred blindly.

      Bottom line is, there are ways to design these things based on sound engineering principles and without incurring enormous risks of high-consequence events.  Very often that means keeping humans in the loop rather than delegating everything to microprocessors and stored-program control.  

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 04:46:35 AM PST

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