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India’s energy problem is like our own

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Power outage. Those words have serious consequences and can strike fear in the hearts of people at this time of year. That’s exactly what happened at the beginning of this week in India where half of its 1.2 billion people are enduring summer heat and high humidity.

According to CNN, the first collapse of the power grid occurred on Monday, affecting about 350 million inhabitants. That’s more people than live in the United States and Canada, combined. Then, Tuesday, things got worse. After a second failure of the grid, a little more than half of the country, about 650 million people, was without electricity.

Virtually all railway and metro systems, traffic control lights, home appliances, businesses, and factories in northern India, especially the states that border China, stopped functioning. Nearly all backup power systems ran out of fuel, but hospitals and airports were able to continue operating.

Monsoon rains, which usually cool the temperature and contribute to turbine-generated electricity, have been 20 percent less common this year. Moreover, farmers have been demanding more energy in order to irrigate fields and accomplish other tasks needed to feed a rapidly expanding population...


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