It's been two years since Superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast. It knocked out electric grids and left millions of people to suffer for weeks without power in public housing, senior centers, hospitals and shelters. But with respect to power outages, there is some surprisingly good news that came out of the disaster. Usually, after such disasters, a familiar pattern unfolds. People try to get on with their lives as best they can. Everyone expresses gratitude for the help they received. And governments hope another storm does not hit, but they don't do much to prevent the same damage from occurring the next time. Sandy was different. If there was anything positive to come out of that massive and disastrous weather event, it was that this time, governments didn't go back to business as usual. Officials of both parties recognized that Sandy heralded a “new normal,” and began to take action accordingly.  For the first time, there was widespread agreement that conditions are changing, st... Read the Full Post »