Super Bowl power failure sparks conspiracy theories and policy talk

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Conspiracy theories continue to percolate among those who wonder what caused the 34-minute power outage at the Super Bowl on Sunday. Officials have already ruled out terrorism and cited an “abnormality.” But that’s not enough.

A #BlameBeyonce hashtag has already emerged on Twitter to appease those who thought the singer’s glittering halftime show shorted out the stadium. Other observers imagine moldy circuit boards or frayed wires, and now blame the outage on infrastructure problems left over from Hurricane Katrina.

The Week has compiled five of the top popular conspiracy theories - blaming, among other thigns, “the dark arts,” the San Francisco 49ers or clever marketers who wanted to steer the outage into a massive buzz opportunity.

Then there is the nation’s capital. The outage also added sparks to a policy pitch.

“Something like a gap in the Super Bowl causes the focus on energy that we need to have. I can only hope,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski as she was unveiling sweeping new energy policy recommendations during a press conference on Monday.

“I really didn’t have an idea when that game first started how 34 minutes was going to help me tell the energy story. know it delayed the game a little bit, but it was sure helpful from the perspective of letting Americans know how important energy is in their daily worlds,” she continued.

“I think it helps to perhaps kick-start the debate. I think it raises an awareness. Unfortunately for us, most of us take energy for granted. It’s just always there,” the Alaska Republican said.

“We have got this immaculate conception theory of energy. It just happens. The lights turn on, it’s the temperature we want, until it’s not, until it becomes inconvenient, it interrupts our game, it interrupts what we are doing, and then all of a sudden it is like, ‘well wait a minute, what it going on here, where do we get this stuff from, how could it not be there and be reliable?’” the lawmaker demanded.

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