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Above-ground power lines grow in risk as climate changes

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By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOCELYN GECKER

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The California State has an outdated and dangerous grid system lacking hardware investment. Odd considering that California is probably the most high tech of states. California needs the capital investment to build a smart grid system.

It would be very difficult if not impossible to bury the high voltage cables, like 200,000 volts plus that are carried by the pylon towers. The actual towers could be updated to be fire proof and the cables in dangerous areas also fire proof.

Burying high voltage cables could also cause problems with electro magnetism.

The cost shouldn't be passed onto the consumers who in California already pay the highest charges at about 19 cent/kWh. Only Alaska and Hawaii are higher. Less than Japan at about 27 cents/kWh.

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Shame, but not surprising, that the US is spending TRILLIONS on development of nuclear weapons instead of spending money needed to find better ways to conserve energy and to transmit electricity. The fossils running the fossil economy and the weapons economy are putting the US at ever greater risk.

America’s nuclear weapons will cost $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years

https://www.defensenews.com/breaking-news/2017/10/31/americas-nuclear-weapons-will-cost-12-trillion-over-the-next-30-years/

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There is no perfect solution, but just thinking that will sap the will to do anything.

If we can increase the positive mind-set of hardening, burying and/or insulating everything against extreme events, then what we build will surely be better. That starts with education. Step by step we get to Rome.

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Above ground power lines have frequently been to blame for bushfires in southern Australia, which has many similarities to California. That included the big 2009 fires in Kilmore, Victoria, where 119 people died. Hot days, old power transmission infrastructure, and inadequate maintenance - on those hot dry days when the wind is howling, it's a recipe for disaster.

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