July 14, 2019

THE MANHATTAN BLACKOUT PROVED HOW FRAGILE OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS:

Midtown Manhattan was surreal Saturday night.

The center of our little island is supposed to be the center of the universe — yet I am writing this after eating a lukewarm peach for dinner by (hot) candlelight in 90-degree temperatures with the windows shut tight, racing against time to finish it before my computer runs out of its last moments of electricity.

Yes, we want to be the center of finance, tech and media, but we cannot even keep the lights on for a Saturday evening. Meanwhile, our fearless leader, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is radioing it all in from Iowa, where they have plenty of power.

When we lived in Silicon Valley, we always chuckled that thanks to NIMBYs and radical environmentalists, the technology of the 21st century was being developed on a very shaky power grid that was likely last updated when Jerry Brown’s dad, Pat, was still governor in the 1960s. In 2011, Victor Davis Hanson warned of “The Bloomberg Syndrome:” “Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.”

 

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