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  •  State and City gov gets the blame (5+ / 0-)

    There were a few systems that were done pretty well - mass transit is the best example of a good pre-storm plan, and an excellent recovery plan. They were very effective with communicating which lines were down, and when different lines would come back into service.

    The mayor's office and the utility companies did not have much in the way of after storm planning.

    The utility situation was/is a scandal. I wrote a few diaries about it.

    •  Did NY privatize public utilities? (4+ / 0-)
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      They did here in Ohio and its been a disaster in these situations.  When companies took gas & electric utilities private, they laid off workers and subcontracted most maintenance work through layers of subcontractors.  The result is that they don't have enough workers on hand when a disaster strikes.

      Please stand by. I'm looking for a new sig line.

      by Betty Pinson on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 08:15:10 AM PST

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      •  Con Ed, a private company, (Consolidated Edison) (3+ / 0-)
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        has been delivering power to New York City since 1880s - they started with steam power, and steam power is still used in many buildings to provide heat, hot water, and to power elevators.  We have power outtages, somewhere in the city every summer after normal storms, and during heat waves.

        Con Ed is now an energy broker too, so you may pay your bill to Con Ed but the power producer comes from somewhere else.

        We have nuclear power up here too, but I'm not up on how that is distributed.

        LIPA, Long Island Power Authority, is state controlled, I believe.

        But yes, privatization is a problem.  Con Ed brags on their website about increasing their dividend every year for 38 years in a row. Clearly, they have not invested infrastructure upgrades.  To make matters worse, they are going forward with a planned rate hike.  Disaster capitalism at it's finest.

      •  Another result is a web of unaccountability... (0+ / 0-)
        subcontracted most maintenance work through layers of subcontractors.
        When problems arise, the Big Brand Name Guys point fingers...the blame and confusion seeps on down through the layers and layers of 'sub contractors' they have stacked (like sand bags) to protect themselves.

        "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

        by 417els on Sat Nov 24, 2012 at 02:42:24 AM PST

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