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The Grid Thing: Our Power-Transmission System May Determine Whether We Can Kick Carbon—and Whether Blackouts Lie in Our Future

Minutes before 4 p.m. on a sizzling September day two years ago, right at the time when they were most needed, San Diego’s air conditioners suddenly died. Thousands of television and computer screens also flickered into darkness. Stoplights stopped working; gas stations ceased pumping; and traffic slowed to a snarl. Trains ground to a halt, […]