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Letter Re: Economic Collapse and Power Grid Collapse

 Mr Rawles,
I’ve read and enjoyed each of your books, and I am an avid prepper -- it’s only a matter of time before we have an economic collapse. However, I am having trouble connecting the dots between a collapse and the loss of the power grid.
Can you help me here, please? How does an economic collapse translate into the loss of the power grid? If I can fully understand this, I will prepare for the event by purchasing a biomass gasifier for my generator.

Thanks, - Richard M.

JWR Replies: The main triggers would be a disruption of rail traffic (that would idle coal trains, which currently move hundreds of millions of tons of coal each year) or if power utility employees fail to show up for work. I can foresee four reasons why electric power utility workers might not show up for work in the midst of an economic collapse:

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