Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Bury Power Lines for a More Secure Grid‏"

Dear Plainfield,

Please read the contents of the email message posted below and support this effort. 



Below is an email from Bernard Schaer, a MoveOn member who created a petition on, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.

Dear New Jersey MoveOn member,

Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey hard, and left millions of Americans without power for several days. Power outages do not only create personal hardship for the people in the affected areas; as Hurricane Sandy demonstrated, these power outages claim lives, negatively affect our economy, and impact national security.

The German power grid has outages at an average rate of 21 minutes per year. Why? Because most of their lines are buried underground.
Because most power lines in New Jersey and across the country are strung through the air, they are vulnerable to ice, trees, and lightening. Power companies around the country keep putting up lines and repairing damages after each storm, only to repeat the procedure after the next storm.

The petition I created on SignOnorg to Congress and President Barack Obama says:
Congress: Create an act to facilitate burying power lines in cities and towns around the country. It will improve people's lives, boost the economy, and make us less vulnerable!

–Bernard Schaer

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem with burying the power lines is that New Jersey is not made just of rock. Some of the places where the lines would have to be buried are sandy, or swampy, they get water. Water on power lines is a problem and to fix buried ones they would have to be dug up. It could end up being even more expensive to bury power lines and deal with difficult maintenance issues.