Gov. George Pataki on Public Infrastructure

Of the many areas that Hurricane Sandy exposed in New York, New Jersey and beyond was the importance of our public infrastructure — and just how fragile it is. From our subways to our roads, it didn’t take much to see how a major storm could reduce us all to our basic needs. But of all the infrastructure failures, perhaps none was more devasating — or long-lasting — as what happened to our power grid. People were without electricity for weeks, bringing questions and anger to the front of peoples minds. What are our options? Is it even possible to make the wholesale changes needed to upgrade our power grid? From a public policy point of view — and a business competitive point of view — can we afford not to? Former NY Gov. George Pataki, now with the law firm Chadbourne & Parke in New York, has been studying the issue and comes with possible solutions. (Originally broadcast 12-16-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

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