Dennis Quaid documentary ‘Grid Down, Power Up’ explores dangers of sudden electric grid failure

the actor Dennis Quaid Known for his multi-faceted roles on the silver screen, he recently released a documentary about a potential grid outage that would send the United States “back to the 1880s.”

Quid joinedJesse Watters Peakto discuss the documentary and explore the possibility of what he said could have been caused by anything from ground-based attacks on power plants to a Chinese zeppelin carrying incendiary payload over US airspace.

quipped host Jesse Watters that quid The latest project “Scare[d] get out of it” while playing clips from the movie.

In it, Quaid explains how America’s power grid is often overlooked in terms of its sensitivity and importance to everyday life.

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Actor Dennis Quaid visits the IMDb Show on April 17, 2019 in Studio City,

Actor Dennis Quaid visits the IMDb Show on April 17, 2019 in Studio City, (Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

“Heat, gas for our cars, transportation for restocking food – it all depends to some extent on electricity. But no one likes to focus on what would happen if it were suddenly taken away,” he told his account.

On “Jesse Waters Prime Time,” Quaid added that there had already been several attacks and plots against US substations, including a recent case where two suspects plotted back-to-back attacks on Baltimore-area substations that they hoped would stop Charm City.

“This isn’t ‘the day after tomorrow’, by the way. This is tomorrow,” Quaid said, referring to his apocalyptic 2004 film. “I think it could happen, and it’s a problem we can solve.”


Power transmission lines provide electricity to rural Orange County, North Carolina

Power transmission lines provide electricity to rural Orange County, North Carolina (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

He noted that one of the largest power outages in US history was caused by tree limbs connecting to wires in Ohio in 2003, blacking out New York and several surrounding states as well as parts of Canada for several days.

“It was just a small event, but a GMT event—a bad actor could get him out with a Chinese balloon, for all we know…” Quaid began.

“It may take 30 days, but what we are talking about is like a nuclear explosion in space.”

If a catastrophic outage – caused by an air or space attack – occurs and causes a month-long outage, Cautious Quaid“You’ll take us back to 1880, you won’t be able to get gas, you won’t be able to get food.”


Utility companies don’t want to foot the full bill for network upgrades and protection, Quaid said, and he estimates that a $50 billion federal budget over several years could go a long way.

“This is something that if it happens, it will make COVID look like a kids’ show,” he said.

The United States gave billions to Ukraine just last year, Watters noted, suggesting that the Feds could focus on such a key aspect of the country.

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