EMP Vulnerability a Serious Problem for America
It isn’t every day that you can say that things have gone from bad to worse. Now you can, and what you read here explains why. The government has lied to the public and ignored major problems by failing to act in response.
Our focus is on the EMP (electromagnetic pulse) vulnerability of electric distribution and electronic infrastructures in America.
Consider a July 27, 2015, report by former federal officials (CIA and many Congress and DOD study authors) R. James Woolsey Jr. and Dr. Peter Pry. They point out that Iranian political-military reports state that “the key to defeating the United States is EMP attack.” Iran’s MEHR News Agency commented extensively on EMP attacks on June 13.
Both Iran and North Korea have “practiced” sea-based missile launches simulating EMP attacks, and North Korea’s KSM-3 satellite orbits the U.S. in a trajectory for a nuclear EMP event. North Korea’s dictator threatened a nuclear strike in February 2013 and then made specific aggressive satellite moves on April 9 and 16 of that year. China’s stated military doctrine is the same.
It was reported on May 1, 2015, that NORAD is moving back into Cheyenne Mountain at a cost of $700 million to shield defense infrastructure from such attacks. Iranian-backed terrorists used EMP to black-out Yemen on June 9, 2014, 80% of the grid in Pakistan on Jan. 25, 2015, and most of Turkey on March 31, 2015. In July 2014, a Russian “cyber-bug” was planted to infect about 1,000 electric generating plants in the U.S. and Western Europe. American politicians, however, are not connecting the dots.
It is good to review what these EMP events are and could be. The first one recorded in the U.S. was in 1859 (the Carrington event), a solar-initiated geomagnetic storm that disrupted the infant telegraph industry in America and Europe and destroyed the newly laid transatlantic telegraph cable. It was about 10 times more powerful than the 1921 “railroad storm” and 100 times more powerful than the 1989 Hydro-Quebec storm that severely disrupted power and communications in eastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. The 1921 event, if it occurred today, would require four to 10 years for recovery, according to a National Academy of Sciences assessment. NASA reports the likelihood of such a geomagnetic super-storm is 12% per decade.
However, the big EMP threat is from a nuclear device.
One to four nuclear explosions high (a few to a few hundred miles) over our continent would indiscriminately cripple the nation for up to 10 years. Millions of citizens would die, marking the end of civilization as we know it, instantly returning our lives to the Middle Ages. The U.S. did experiments (Starfish Prime in 1962) 900 miles from Hawaii with a 1.4-megaton warhead detonated 240 miles up. Suffice it to say U.S. officials were flabbergasted at the extended effects. Competent assessments show that civilian infrastructure in the U.S. is as soft as it can get.
This still leaves America with an unsolved, unprotected grid problem, which is reported to cost about $2 billion to fix. Meanwhile, Americans also have an FERC and NERC problem. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) refuses to deal with this issue, in part because North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) has thwarted every Congressional bill making EMP attack protection our road forward.
There has been a paltry effort by members of House and Senate to address this matter. Cited below is what is on the docket in this 114th Congress, which is all that I could find. All of these citations are “introduced” bills, but no action has been taken on any as of the end of July 2015.
Bill Number Date of Filing Member-Party-State
HR.2271 5/12/15 Latta, R-OH
HR.2402 5/22/15 Lofgren, D-CA
HR.85 1/6/15 Jackson-Lee, D-TX
S. 1217 5/6/15 Murkowski, R-AK
S. 1068 4/23/15 Risch, R-ID
S. 1846 7/23/15 Johnson, R-WI
Do something. Vote to expel all members of Congress who do nothing and the rest who do the wrong thing for America.