It’s utterly amazing that our administration is traumatizing Americans over an unproven science of “what ifs” being sold under the climate change mantra, but cares nothing about a real and existential threat to our nation’s people. I am talking about the possibility of an EMP attack.
For three years, the Sentinel has been writing about the dangers of a power-grid failure due to an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack. You can read more detailed information about it on our recent story, click here.
EMPs can be caused by natural events , such as a solar flare, or a strike by terrorists.
It was the topic of discussion in congress again this past week though nothing substantial has been done by congress to date.
A panel of experts told Capitol Hill that an EMP attack could leave the majority of Americans dead.
The hearing, “Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP): Threat to Critical Infrastructure,” before the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies explored the effects an EMP would have.
The experts said that Russia and China have the capability to launch an EMP attack.
The following quotes from McCaul and Franks come from the Washington Free Beacon.
“Some would say it’s low probability, but the damage that could be caused in the event of an EMP attack, both by the sun, a solar event, or a man-made attack, would be catastrophic,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R., Texas). “We talk a lot about a nuclear bomb in Manhattan, and cybersecurity threat to the power grid in the Northeast, and all of these things would actually probably pale in comparison to the devastation that an EMP attack could perpetrate on Americans.”
Rep. Trent Franks (R., Ariz.), who has worked to raise awareness on the issue for years, testified during the first panel that “catastrophic civilian casualties” could result unless Congress acts.
An overload of radio waves to electric systems, an EMP could result from a natural disaster, such as a solar storm, or a terrorist attack. Franks said “every single facet of modern human life” would be “crippled” by such an event.
“It strikes at my very core when I think of the men, women, and children in cities and rural towns across America with a possibility of no access to food, water, or transportation,” he said. “In a matter of weeks or months at most, a worst-case scenario could bring devastation beyond imagination.”
Franks told the Washington Free Beacon that while the nation’s critical defense assets, including nuclear defense capabilities, are currently protected against an EMP, the civilian grid is “almost entirely vulnerable.”
“The civilian grid, in my judgment, is very vulnerable,” he said. “Some of the largest transformers, the very largest ones, have an inherent resistance to all but the more intense electromagnetic pulses. But the fact is, we have enough of those mid-range transformers where a major event would be catastrophic.”
Franks introduced House bill H.R. 3410, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, which would enable the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement practical steps to protect the electric grid.
The Shield Act was introduced prior to this.
According to FrontPage Magazine, The Shield Act :
- Is a public-private partnership, requires no taxpayer money and its purpose is to protect our electrical grid.
- It would require US utilities to harden large transformers and other key elements of the nation’s power.
- It calls on the federal government to establish protection standards and hardware solutions in concert with industry, and includes a provision for cost recovery should industry incur substantial costs.
As you can see, it wouldn’t take much to fix this vulnerability.
A blackout caused by an EMP could last a year or more and would be extremely dangerous to Americans who are completely dependent on the power grid for water, food, business, communications, and so on.
Sen. Mary Landrieu who is up for reelection wanted to know how people found out. Nice! She doesn’t care that we are in danger, she only wants to know how we found out.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, no matter what party one belongs to, it makes no sense to vote for her.
Former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett takes the threat so seriously that he has urged Americans with the ability to do so to move out of major cities, citing the fact that electrical transformers are now built outside of the United States and require a manufacturing lead time of anywhere from 18 to 36 months. Should a cascading surge happen across the U.S. power grid all at once it would be impossible for utility companies to restore electricity services in any reasonable amount of time.
Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-NY) laid to rest the notion that a nationwide EMP event is nothing to be concerned about: “The likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%.”
It is being covered somewhat by Fox News and pretty much no one else. Judge Jeanine Pirro has been on it however.
In February, Judge Pirro aired a one hour special. These are highlights you’ll want to hear from the Mass Tea Party:
Judge Pirro covered this week’s hearing:
Tehran eagerly talks about the day they can launch an EMP attack and destroy the US and Israel – the Great Satan and Little Satan.
North Korea claims to have a “Super-EMP” weapon and Iran has tested ballistic missiles in an EMP mode, claiming success. It is believed by our experts that these countries are working in tandem to create such a weapon. Their scientists in the field regularly travel back-and-forth between the two countries.
SAM missiles from rogue nations, confiscated by undercover FBI, some from N. Korea, have been deemed powerful enough to launch an EMP attack.
A report from 2004, EMP Commission to Assess the Threat of An EMP Attack to the United States determined that a single EMP warhead exploded over the center of the US could bring down the entire power grid. A solar event could do the same.
EMPact America believes it would cost only $60-$100 million, chump change for this administration, to protect the 300 largest transformers running the grid, and another $400 million to $600 million to protect an additional 3,000 transformers. It would be a one-time cost. We spent as much on the healthcare.gov website.
How distant such an event is cannot be known but isn’t it better to be protected? Foreign enemies launch attacks on our grids regularly. It would be their dream to destroy it.
On her way out of Homeland Security, Secretary Janet Napolitano had a warning for her successor: A massive and “serious” cyber attack on the U.S. homeland is coming, and a natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.
She didn’t say “maybe”, she said a cyber attack “is” coming. Mr. Obama has worried about net neutrality but hasn’t given a fig about EMPs even though John Holdren, his science czar has also warned us about them.
Holdren and his UK peer, John Beddington are concerned.
Holdren wrote, “Their impact could be big — on the order of $2 trillion during the first year in the United States alone, with a recovery period of 4 to 10 years.”
We have been lucky so far, should we continue to gamble and if so, why?
Area affected by one attack:
Listen to this for 01:38 minutes: