Rethinking American Infrastructure

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Within a week, the northeastern United States was hit by both an earthquake and hurricane. Following Hurricane Irene, four million homes and businesses lost electricity. According to experts like Dan Genest of Dominion Virginia Power, turning the lights back on will be no easy task. He told the AP that "one broken pole can take six to seven hours to repair."

Bob Hennelly, senior reporter for WNYC, and Stucknation columnist, and David Wagman, chief editor of Power Engineering magazine, discuss why the aftermath of Hurricane Irene is an opportunity to reexamine the way the U.S. produces and distributes its energy and infrastructure resources.