The gravest danger to America is the survival of its electrical grid. If that grid should go down for months or years, America will cease to exist as a nation of any consequence. If the grid failed across America, and we could not get it up again within several months, hundreds of millions of people could die of thirst, starvation, disease, and civil conflict over the few resources that could be scavenged.
The foremost experts on EMP’s say it could take 4 to 10 years to restore the grid after two small nuclear explosions fifty miles above the East and West coasts of the United States or even one well placed nuke about 200 miles above the center of the nation. With that in mind, you might think this nation would not be apathetic about our electrical grid vulnerabilities. However, reality indicates that America is either ignorant or apathetic about the threat to our grid.
People in this nation better start taking this danger seriously, even now it might already be too late to prevent the destruction of this nation by the destruction of its electrical grid. This nation has become totally dependent on electricity for everything. Congress is informed about this grave danger but almost a decade after their own commission reported to them on the EMP dangers, they still have not taken any meaningful action to protect the nation. A few leaders have tried to get bills passed to start dealing with our electrical grid vulnerability but so far their efforts have produced no legislation.
There are a number of ways that the electrical grid could fail across much of this nation:
1. A Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) attack from a country like North Korea or Iran could be carried out by a crude nuke fired from a crude missile from a crude freighter offshore. The ship could then be scuttled and we would not even know who to blame.
Both North Korea and Iran will have missiles that could reach over the United States within two years and the thought that we could shoot them down is just wishful thinking . Don’t rule out an EMP attack by China or Russia in the future either. Obama intends to get rid of most of our nuclear weapons so any limited damage we could do to them in return, they are already preparing for.
2. A solar explosion directed at the earth strong enough to fry long transmission lines and transformers happens about every 100 years. The last one took place in 1921. An even stronger explosion on the sun occurred in 1859. Today we have hundreds of ultra high voltage transformers that step up voltage so that electricity can be transmitted long distances with minimal loss. These transformers can easily be fried by a solar EMP of the historical magnitudes mentioned. The transformers are as big as a house and they are made overseas. There are few spares and it takes years to build them. With those facts, think of the nightmare of trying to replace dozens or hundreds of these transformers. It would take several years at best and we would only have days until our whole civilization starts to break down.
3. A cyber attack could cause equipment failure and damage to our electrical grid that could take months to repair.
4. Terrorist attacks could take out critical installations necessary for the electric grid to function. With no redundancy whole regions could be without power for weeks or months.
All of these dangers are very real. They could and most likely would indirectly bring the death of thousands to hundreds of millions of people in this nation. Any of these dangers could take place at any time, yet Americans live in apathy worrying more about the next Super Bowl than the survival of this nation. More money will be spent on that one game than it would take to protect all of our critical high voltage transformers.
For just $1 billion dollars, most lives in this nation could be saved by protecting the critical transformers. It’s not a matter of if the grid will fail if we do nothing, it is really a matter of when and for how long the grid will be down. Even so, the apathetic and the self-serving people that they elect have so far chosen not to spend that billion dollars to save their own nation from destruction.
Some in powerful positions in Congress do not want to spend the money or to put the expense on the utility companies to ground their transformers and to build in some redundancy. They would rather play Russian roulette with our lives.
Of the over 500 electric companies in this nation, only a few are now trying to protect their equipment from the solar EMP threat. So obviously legislative action is needed or the free enterprise system with its annual bottom line will not get it done in time to save our nation.
So how do astute individuals prepare for what now looks to be inevitable power grid failures? For localized events, people need to have several weeks of extra food and water on hand but for a long-term national outage, preparation in the cities is about useless. Even if city dwellers did stockpile, what they have will be taken away from them in short order. Everyone will be at the mercy of the local authorities, if local authorities even can get established in what will become a war zone.
Some in remote rural areas might be able to survive a few months before roving bands of heavily armed predators systematically loot their area. All your own guns will do, is deter some lone wolves. When they come in organized packs your guns will just get you killed. Read “One Second After” for a somewhat realistic account of America without electricity during the first year. It is not a heart warming story.
Therefore, the only wise thing for Americans to do, is to get their government representatives to pass the “Shield Act”. If it passed, it would be the start of protecting vital equipment so that the electrical grid would either remain up or so that it could be restored within a survivable time frame.
I have already written posts on this danger, so if you want more information about these dangers and what an EMP would do, read the related posts at the end of this article and follow the links in those articles.
One thing that I found out recently that I did not know when I wrote those other articles is that spent reactor rods are being stored on nuclear power plant sites all over this country in cooling ponds because we do not have any other place to store this nuclear material. The big danger is that we only have enough diesel fuel for about a week to pump water to the cooling pools that cool those highly radioactive rods.
So, after the diesel fuel runs out, all the spent reactor rods being stored on site at our nuclear power plants will boil off the water and the spent rods will start burning and produce deadly nuclear fallout on this nation. We had a taste of what could happen in Japan this year. However, they soon had equipment flown in and water to cool the rods. After an EMP that would not be likely. When the rods start burning in dozens of plants it will be a thousand times worse than what happened in Japan. Most of the country will become radioactive, then go thank Senator Harry Reed for stopping us from moving those spent fuel rods to deep underground caverns in Nevada.
As stupid and apathetic as the people in this nation have proved to be on many critical issues, do we even deserve to survive as a nation? There are elite people in the world that think we do not. Some elitists running the world and the UN might think they would be saving the world by destroying the United States. Just like they think that Israel needs to be sacrificed for the sake of world peace.
Don Koenig founded www.thepropheticyears.com website in 1999 after almost thirty years of independent study on the Bible and learning from many astute teachers within Christendom. Don created his website to write about Bible prophecy, biblical discernment and his Christian worldviews. Don wrote a free Revelation commentary ebook in 2004 named "The Revelation of Jesus Christ Through The Ages". The World and Church and Bible Prophecy section of this website was started in 2007.