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Haiti: Power to the people?

Would it be possible to use the nuclear generators aboard an American aircraft carrier or submarine to provide electricity to Port-au-Prince? Cdr. Herb Carmen, Best Defense‘s pirates columnist, points out an interesting precedent — in 1929, when the city of Tacoma, Washington, couldn’t generate enough hydroelectricity because of a severe drought, the USS Lexington hooked ...

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Would it be possible to use the nuclear generators aboard an American aircraft carrier or submarine to provide electricity to Port-au-Prince? Cdr. Herb Carmen, Best Defense's pirates columnist, points out an interesting precedent -- in 1929, when the city of Tacoma, Washington, couldn't generate enough hydroelectricity because of a severe drought, the USS Lexington hooked up and powered the city for a month.

Would it be possible to use the nuclear generators aboard an American aircraft carrier or submarine to provide electricity to Port-au-Prince? Cdr. Herb Carmen, Best Defense‘s pirates columnist, points out an interesting precedent — in 1929, when the city of Tacoma, Washington, couldn’t generate enough hydroelectricity because of a severe drought, the USS Lexington hooked up and powered the city for a month.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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