Economics/Class Relations

Get ready for more blackouts

March 23, 2023
Hello, Insiders! This is Joe Ciolli, a deputy executive editor in Insider’s business division. We finally know the Fed’s next move: a 25-basis-point rate hike. It was largely expected, and shows that the central bank is trying to thread the needle between a banking crisis and stubbornly high inflation. The Fed Chair, Jerome Powell, then spooked markets by saying that the Fed will still raise rates as needed.

Here’s what’s on tap today:


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More blackouts are coming

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Cities across the US are increasingly going dark at the worst moments.

A record-breaking blizzard in Buffalo, New York, this winter caused power outages and 47 deaths. In 2021, a heat wave led to power outages and the deaths of hundreds in the Pacific Northwest. After years of failing to shore up its power grid, Texas shocked the world when a winter storm shut down power for more than 11 million people for several days in 2021, leading to an estimated 700 deaths.

Each of these events might have been considered a once-in-a-lifetime event in the past — but mass blackouts are starting to become a more regular feature of modern American life.

The electrical system has been plagued by decreasing reliability, lagging maintenance, and soaring costs. And extreme weather, driven by the worsening climate crisis, is adding strain to the already-shaky grid.

All this has left America’s energy system woefully unprepared to handle our uncertain future.


Intelligence coup, Trump, & more

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  • Watch out for the Northern Lights Friday. A solar wind is expected to blow the aurora borealis much farther south, potentially making them visible in New York and Washington. It’s all because of a “giant hole” in the sun. Here’s how that works.
  • Life as a California golf-cart girl. Lauren Balcioni quit her office job to earn up to $300 a day in tips, serving golfers at Bay Area courses. But she had to learn how to deal with “jerks.” This is what her job is like.
  • Six of the easiest online businesses to start. People are searching for easy ways to make money, and many will be attracted by the lower startup costs of online businesses. From blogging to virtual assisting, check out these six easy business ideas.
  • “I’m an associate at SVB.” A Silicon Valley Bank employee has been on the front lines during the largest bank failure since 2008. They said that they love the culture at the company, but that the mistakes that led to the bank’s downfall were “mind-boggling.” Get the full story.
  • Donald Trump raised $1.5 million in three days after claiming he’d be arrested. Trump’s false claim boosted his fundraising campaign, with grassroots donations bringing in $500,000 a day — almost double the daily average he received when he launched his 2024 bid. More here.

On board

Starlux Airlines
A new Taiwanese luxury airline is launching flights to the US. Starlux Airlines is flying the 12-hour route from Taipei to Los Angeles and promises to deliver a full-service experience for passengers on board its Airbus A350 aircraft. See inside.

Drone explosion


A drone exploded on a Russian base in Crimea and destroyed cruise missiles, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense. But Russia claims there were civilian casualties. Watch now.


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This edition was curated by Joe Ciolli, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Nathan Rennolds, Jack Sommers, and Jack Robert Stacey. Get in touch:

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