Whether one believes in global warming or not, Dan Rodricks accurately points out in his article that weather driven power failures are not going away and may even be occurring more frequently ("Getting used to weather's new normal," July 3).
The cause of the widespread outages affecting hundreds of thousands of homes and traffic signals is usually broken tree limbs pulling down power lines. Mr. Rodricks cites BGE's cost of repairs to the electric grid from a recent storm at $81 million and sums up with the conclusion that its ridiculous that the lines haven't been put underground. When one considers the often overlooked cost on the personal side of the equation, i.e. hundreds of thousands of people losing hundreds of dollars worth of food, hotel bills, generator purchases, general human misery and finally loss of life, the cost of these outages is unacceptable! Here's one example loss of food calculation: 500,000 households with an average $200 food loss equals $100 million.