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Investigators are working feverishly to establish the sequence of 10,000 events over thousands of miles of electrical systems. Meantime, there-s continued dispute over the policies and practices that allowed such a massive failure. What was the role of deregulation, which replaced monopolies with marketplace competition? Would alternative energy sources produce a less vulnerable system? Will Congress, the Bush White House and special interests agree on what to do now? We speak with science and financial reporters, environmental advocates and policy analysts about the policies and practices of the utility industry and regulatory agencies that resulted in America-s record-setting blackout.Investigators are working feverishly to establish the sequence of 10,000 events over thousands of miles of electrical systems. Meantime, there-s continued dispute over the policies and practices that allowed such a massive failure. What was the role of deregulation, which replaced monopolies with marketplace competition? Would alternative energy sources produce a less vulnerable system? Will Congress, the Bush White House and special interests agree on what to do now? We speak with science and financial reporters, environmental advocates and policy analysts about the policies and practices of the utility industry and regulatory agencies that resulted in America-s record-setting blackout.
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