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Detroit Government Shuts Down Power Because Residents Didn’t Conserve Electricity

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The government initiated a “intentional shutdown” of the power grid, now representatives are blaming residents for failing to conserve energy.


Detroit skyline and the Detroit International Riverfront — as seen from Windsor, Ontario (Photograph taken by Shawn Wilson using a Canon PowerShot A70 Copied from English Wikipedia.)

By Andrew Freeman
September 16, 2013

A power outage that was confined to a small area became a city-wide problem when the local government made the decision to shut down a large portion of the power grid as a “precaution”, sending a “strong message” that people needed to turn off their air conditioners.

When asked about the short notice for the forced power outage, City of Detroit Chief Compliance Officer Gary Brown, said “We did start calling our customers prior to taking them down and asking them to turn off air conditioners, but they weren’t responding as fast as we would like them to so we had to send them a strong message by turning the power off.”

On Wednesday, Bill Nowling of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s office told Fox 2′s Alexis Wiley, “The outages are precautionary measure while DTE and city crews work to fix two main lines in the grid that went down earlier today.”

Nowling also said, “That city grid customers were asked to reduce power, but failed to, so we had to move intentional outages to protect crucial service.”

While the underground markets in Detroit are thriving, bringing about the beginning of an explosion in free enterprise activity and private sector jobs, the city’s government is failing desperately.  The same can be said for many other American cities and even the country of America itself.

The problems of central planning are too numerous to cover in this short article, but one of the most obvious problems is resource mismanagement.  Detroit had no lack of public loot, that’s for sure.  There were billions of dollars in revenue that were mismanaged.  Funds went to over inflated bureaucratic budgets, useless special interest and public relations projects, and even a brand new $450 million sports arena.



[1] What is the cause of Detroit’s power outage – FOX

[2] Detroit Gets New $450 Million Arena in Midst of Bankruptcy - Intellihub

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