Here’s an interesting confluence of economic forces, as chronicled by my very smart coworker Scott Berinato. China’s building and needs metal. That has helped push the price of copper scrap very high. Which in turn has made metal attractive to thieves. And the thieves who are most desperate and most fearless are crystal meth junkies. So addicts are risking life and limb, climbing poles and stealing high voltage wires. (Sometimes they live.)
There’s also a slide show if you like pictures instead of writing.