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NewportBarGuy: I remain convinced by the scientific/techie dudes that investing about $10 billion in our energy grid would give us an awesome return on investment, and allow them to put in modern safeguards to protect that grid.I really don't understand why we haven't done it yet. Sure, the act of paying for it and all the construction sucks and is not sexy, but the end result would be pretty hot!
ZAZ: Or they could catapult a bucket of squirrels into a power station.
Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: Because there is little to no political gain in fixing things that don't make for handy photo ops. A new highway, bridge, community center, aircraft carrier, etc. all provide nice backdrops for speeches; doubly good when you've named it after a popular politician in your party. In fact, having an aging power grid is useful to politicians; it gives them an example of "aging infrastructure that we must fix now!" and something to bash the other party with, but then they dole out those extra dollars the aforementioned highways, bridges, etc. Rinse and repeat.
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