I have addressed this issue several times over the years but apparently Americans are still not getting the message about the grave danger of an extended electrical grid down situation. If this should occur, most Americans probably will not survive this decade. (See the related posts at the bottom for previous articles.)
This is not some danger that I am pulling out of thin air. It is no conspiracy theory. This is a grave danger to our nation that is established in scientific fact. All the experts that have looked into the grid down possibility have warned our leaders of the dire consequences. Nevertheless, after over a decade of these warnings, our representatives in Washington still refuse to take any action to protect the lives of millions of Americans.
We basically have about 18 critical infrastructures in this country and virtually all of them are dependent on electricity. Most people in this nation receive electricity from power stations that transmit their electricity over our electrical grid infrastructure.
I will briefly get into the most likely reasons why a grid down situation could happen. I get into more detail on three of these in my Imminent Danger Series. (I do not include all-out nuclear war with Russia and China in the four listed below because there is no practical defense for that other than the threat of mutually assured destruction.)
The four most likely grid down threats are:
1. An earth directed coronal mass ejection (CME) from the sun. The electromagnetic radiation could fry high voltage transformers.
2. One or more high altitude nuclear blasts from an enemy nation causing an electromagnetic pulse (known as an EMP or HEMP). It could fry most electronics.
3. Cyber attacks that bring down and damage the computers and the electronic equipment that control the grid.
4. Sabotage that is coordinated to target critical points of our electrical grid in order to make it fail.
1. CME’s happen all the time on the sun. They usually are not strong enough to cause damage on the earth because our magnetic belts and our atmosphere block out most of the electromagnetic radiation. Nevertheless, every hundred years or so there is an earth directed CME’s of such power that it would generate enough back amperage in long power lines to fry modern unprotected ultra high voltage transformers.
We have about 200 of these ultra high voltage transformers on the national grid but there are few spares. These transformers are as big as a house. It takes a year or two to build just one transformer and they are shipped from overseas. There are known ways to protect these transformers from a solar caused electrical surge but someone has to pay the cost.
Congress has been quite aware of this danger for a decade but any bill to do anything about protecting those transformers never gets through both houses of Congress. Pleasing special interests is more important to most in Washington than spending a billion dollars to protect millions of American lives.
By the way, just last week we had a X5 solar flare on the Sun but it was not pointed at the earth. The same sun spot causing many M and X class flares is now making the third trip around the sun. We had better hope that it does not fire off an X20 while facing the earth. And that sun spot is just one of many threats that come and go on the sun regularly. Doing nothing is like playing Russian Roulette because we know such an event will happen about every hundred years on the average.
The solar flare and CME known as the Carrington Event took place in 1859. It produced enough electricity in telegraph wires to overload them and start fires. A Carrington like event today would fry many of the high voltage transformers on our grid.
2. A nuclear weapon exploded at 10 to 300 miles above the earth will cause an EMP. If a super EMP nuke was exploded 300 hundred miles in altitude above the center of the U.S. it very well could fry most unprotected electronic equipment within the entire nation.
Nuclear bombs at 50 miles altitude over all three coasts would also send EMP’s over most of the nation. Experts that have reported to Congress on this EMP threat said that between 60 and 90 percent of the people in our nation could be dead in the first year. I wrote on this EMP imminent danger 8 years ago and nothing has been done since. You might get the book “One Second After”if you want all the gruesome details in novel form of what it could be like living in America after such an EMP attack.
There are four nations that are openly hostile toward America that could attempt an EMP attack.
Iran – has been working on developing nuclear weapons for 30 years now. Other nations have developed nuclear bombs in less than a decade so we should not be naive. Iran has secret nuclear facilities that nobody has inspected. The testing of nuclear warheads can now be simulated on computers. Iran has medium range nuclear capable missiles that can be fired from small cargo ships. Iran is putting satellites into orbit and they are working on land based missiles that can reach the United States.
American intelligence has always been blind-sighted on the nuclear bomb development in other nations. I think that will also turn out to be the case with Iran.
North Korea – they have proved that they have nukes and they have a long range missile system. They have put satellites in space and there is now one in orbit that takes it over the U.S. Further, two SA-2 nuclear capable missile were recently found on a ship near the Panama Canal that came from N. Korea.
Iran and N. Korea are working in cahoots on their nuclear programs so we should assume that they have similar nuclear capabilities.
China – definitely can produce EMP’s over the U.S. from their submarine force. There simply is no defense against sub launched nuclear missiles. I think they were sending us a message when a sub launched missile was fired from off of our Pacific Coast toward the open sea in 2010.
Russia - is as advanced as any nation in the world in nuclear capabilities. They probably could pull off an EMP over the U.S. and make it look like someone else did it. Why would they do that? I have news, the Cold War is not over. Putin has delusions of grandeur and plans to reform the Soviet Union and would love to see the U.S. out of his way. As I speak, Russia is asserting itself by invading Ukraine.
Any of these nations could fire off nukes and scuttle their ships and we probably would never know who did it with any degree of certainty. Not that we would be in any position to fight them anyway.
An EMP might even be pulled off by a terrorist organization that acquired a couple of nuclear bombs, missiles, and cargo ships from one of the nations above or Pakistan. Who do we attack then and how?
3. All of our recent defense chiefs and homeland security chiefs have said that they think a cyber attack is the greatest threat to our electrical grid and other national infrastructures. In fact, at least one said that such a cyber attack should be expected within two years. That was said two years ago.
A cyber attack on the grid might not be quickly restored. Cyber attacks can actually damage critical equipment. That was proved in Iran. And grids just do not come up quickly. Power is needed to even start the process. It could take weeks or months to restore the national grid over most of the nation and by that time there would be massive food riots and looting in the cities.
4. Direct sabotage could take place on key targets like substations. We recently had one such attack in California. Much of the damage was caused by over one hundred rounds of rifle fire shot at the substation from long range but there was also hands on sabotage of the station. These people apparently knew what they were doing. The damage took out this major substation for months. It did not take down the grid because they were able to reroute the power, but this was only one substation.
If several substations were taken out at the same time, our grid could not handle that and the terrorist enemies that have infiltrated America are quite aware of that. Many of these substations are very remote and they are not protected. That makes them easy targets.
“Christians” in America like to think this cannot happen to them because they think God would not allow their death. I think that is a false presumption. For one thing, most “Christians” in America have a hope of salvation that is not taught in the Bible. They have their own designer God and Christ and get saved by doing more good than bad in their own eyes. Visible Christianity in America today appears to be more of a harlot than a bride.
Another fact is that God allows Christians in nations to suffer the same fate as the nation that the Christians occupy. Christians died in all of America’s wars. God does not promise to deliver us from death. All Christians that ever lived have died for one reason or another. The death of the natural bodies of God’s people is not some major issue for God because He will raise them back up again. There is no true death for true believers, there is just a passing on to what God has prepared for us.
Some think God needs Christians in America to get out the message out to the world before the end comes. Really? Is God dependent on American evangelism that mostly presents Christianity to the world as a false gospel of social justice, your best life now, or some form of new age signs and wonders Dominion Theology? Where is the salvation message for those bound in their sins coming from the teaching of the “New Evangelicals” that are controlling most of American evangelism? God can and will raise up 144,000 Israelis to get out the message before the end comes. He does not need America.
We should not be so smug as to believe that America will not reap what she is sowing at home and around the world just because there are Christians in America.
People ask me what can we then do to prepare?
This is my article on preparing for such situations. Actually, other than getting saved through trusting in Christ, there is not much you can do to prepare for going through anything of this magnitude. You can be proactive and tell your representatives in Washington to start taking this grid vulnerability and EMP threat seriously. You can tell them to take action to harden our infrastructure or they will be living in their very own political dark age.
If the majority of people in this nation choose to do nothing to protect themselves from danger, they will receive the just fate of their carelessness. They have been warned, but they choose to live like nothing can happen to them. History is full of examples of people living in false security before destruction came on them.
Other than getting your representatives to take defensive action, you really only can prepare for a few weeks for an extended grid down situation on your own. Anything more, like stocking large quantities of survival supplies is likely to get you killed even sooner if it not a joint community effort. The human predators will just come and take all that you have. If you physically try to stop them you will be dead. Sure, a remnant will survive, but your own physical preparations probably will have little to do with who it is that survives.
America has had a decade to prepare for the grid down threat but has done nothing. The nation is rapidly running out of time to harden its infrastructures. If you expect to see the new decade, I suggest that you tell your representatives to get busy and make the survivability of our grid the top national priority. It already may be too late. Everyone is worrying about many economic and social issues and those issues are important. However, if our electrical grid goes down for an extended period, these affairs of a nation that would not protect her source of power will become totally meaningless.
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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.