U.S. power grid could be too big, on the verge of collapsing like pile of sand

Friday, April 25, 2014
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
NaturalNews.com
Friday, April 25, 2014

In a March 2014 report, The Wall Street Journal issued a dire warning about the nation’s electric power grid.

“The U.S. could suffer a coast-to-coast blackout if saboteurs knocked out just nine of the country’s 55,000 electric-transmission substations on a scorching summer day,” Rebecca Smith wrote.

Indeed, as Natural News and other sites and publications have been reporting, there is increasing concern among U.S. policymakers, Congress and others that the nation’s electric power grid is at risk of being crippled, either by direct cyber attack or by through the physical destruction of key transmission sites.

In fact, the power grid is as brittle as a sand castle, say a trio of researchers whose new study is sounding alarm bells in government and in the industry.

“Some 90 years ago, British polymath J.B.S. Haldane proposed that for every animal there is an optimal size — one which allows it to make best use of its environment and the physical laws that govern its activities, whether hiding, hunting, hoofing or hibernating. Today, three researchers are asking whether there is a ‘right’ size for another type of huge beast: the U.S. power grid,” says a news release describing the results of the study.

‘Sand piles are stable until you get to a certain height’

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