As Dan Rodricks points out in his column ("Getting used to weather's new normal," July 3), the current power outage is only the latest in a series resulting from severe weather events in the last few years. Whether man-made or not, the global climate is changing, and we are likely to experience more frequent events in the coming years at a time when we are ever more dependent on electric power.
What is surprising is that our response practices have not changed. The local crews are insufficient for the job, and others are called in not only from neighboring states but from all over the North American continent — from Texas to Quebec — at no little expense and increased delay. It seems to me that what is called for is to expand local capacity by the creation of an appropriately trained and equipped Power Guard, analogous to the National Guard.