Actor Dennis Quaid: A Power Grid Failure Would Make COVID ‘Look Like A Kids’ Show’
AUSTIN, TEXAS - MARCH 12: Dennis Quaid visits the IMDb Portrait Studio at SXSW 2023 on March 12, 2023 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images for IMDb)
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Actor Dennis Quaid warned on Friday that a big enough power grid failure would make the COVID pandemic “look like a kids’ show.”

Quaid explained just how problematic such a failure could be during an interview with Fox News host Jesse Watters – and he pointed out how it could quickly impact nearly every aspect of human society.


Quaid, who recently voiced the documentary “Grid Down, Power Up,” suggested that the United States was making a mistake in not doing more to prepare for a potentially catastrophic failure of the power grid.

Referencing his own 2004 climate disaster movie, Quaid explained, “There have been several attacks on substations. I heard about one a couple of months ago. This is not ‘Day After Tomorrow’ by the way, this is tomorrow, I think. It could happen.”

“Just 30 days without electricity, it would take us back to 1880. You wouldn’t be able to get gas. You wouldn’t be able to get food,” Quaid continued, adding that even law enforcement would be severely limited as police officers were forced to stay home and care for their own families.

Watters pointed out the fact that a lack of power would impact people’s ability to find clean water to drink as well.

“This is something that if it does happen, it’s going to make COVID look like a kids show,” Quaid said. “We keep talking about it, but nothing ever gets done.”

Later on in the segment, Watters pressed Quaid on his politics and asked whether he found it difficult to speak his mind in Hollywood. The “Midway” actor said he hadn’t really felt pressure not to speak up — largely because he was an independent who had, at times, voted for both major parties.

“Depending on which way the pendulum goes,” Quaid explained, adding with a laugh, “I’m not really happy with the way the pendulum is right now.”

He argued that Republicans and Democrats needed each other in order to find the best possible balance — but he worried that people were more divided than they had been at any time in his life.

“It usually takes some kind of big thing like World War II really brought — you know we really got our act together when that came up,” Quaid remarked, and Watters asked whether he thought something like that would happen if there was a major power failure.

“Oh yeah. For sure. It’ll be — we’ll be back to tribal law by that time,” he said.

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