U.S. Plans To Survive An EMP Attack

EMP mechanismHave the House Republicans been watching too much Revolution on TV, or is there really a threat of an EMP that we should be worried about? From the Washington Examiner:

Amid growing fears of a massive electromagnetic pulse hit from either a solar flare or a terrorist nuclear bomb, House Republicans on Tuesday will unveil a plan to save the nation’s electric grid from an attack that could mean lights out for 300 million Americans.

Dubbed the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act, the legislation would push the federal government to install grid-saving devices such as surge protectors to protect against an attack.

“It is critical that we protect our major transformers from cascading destruction. The Shield Act encourages industry to develop standards necessary to protect our electric infrastructure against both natural and man-made EMP events,” said Rep. Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who is offering up the bipartisan bill.

Electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, has come into focus because of fears the sun is pushing out unusually big solar flares that can disrupt the electric grid. Defense officials are also worried about a terrorist attack, possibly in the form of a small nuclear bomb exploded overhead.

“This is serious stuff,” said former Pentagon official Frank Gaffney, who heads the Center for Security Policy…

[continues at the Washington Examiner]


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  • Anarchy Pony

    I was watching shows with emp attacks before it was cool(cough)Jericho(cough).

    • InfvoCuernos

      There’s a show I wish they would bring back.

      • Anarchy Pony

        The forced end of season 2 just didn’t do it justice.

  • Rex Vestri

    Finally! We desperately need this, and the sooner the better! Our power grid is very vulnerable and a large CME could knock out power for a very long time (months or even years).
    See http://www.empactamerica.org/about_emp2.php for more info.

    The thing that surprises me is that it was a Repugnican who introduced the bill.

    • InfvoCuernos

      Why? Can you imagine the pork that will come out that bill? Imagine the opportunity for grift and misappropriation, and we all know how the repubs love that.

  • CosmicAmazing

    I have an EMP device. Used it once, it took out all the wireless routers in a 1/4 mile radius. I’ll definitely take more precautions next time I use it. My neighbors were not happy!

  • CosmicAmazing

    Here’s one: http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server800/64f33/products/594/images/1682/empbg20__77147.1302288847.1280.1280.jpg

    They come in many shapes and sizes. The one in the picture is a 2.5 Giga-watt model.

  • Haystack

    This is a good idea, but the more immediate threat to the grid is simply that it’s ancient and isn’t being properly modernized or maintained.

  • Haystack

    This is a good idea, but the more immediate threat to the grid is simply that it’s ancient and isn’t being properly modernized or maintained.

  • BuzzCoastin

    Uncle Homeland is a paranoid delusional conspiracy nut
    he spends 100% of his income of protecting himself from conspiracies

    he needs help
    he needs an intervention

  • alizardx

    Good idea. Read about this some years back, from what I remember, the cost is ~$10K/substation. While I suppose the motivation is a campaign donor who sells the parts, still needs doing. Regardless of what terrorists do or don’t do, that mega-solar flare WILL happen sooner or later.

  • The Well Dressed Man

    A large scale EMP event could do tremendous geopolitical damage. Hardening the grid is a completely normal precaution.

  • Ray

    Any one dismissive of this is being foolish. This threat is very real. Perhaps imminently so. Think we can’t be invaded? Think again.

    • Andrew

      I will greet my liberators with flowers.

      • Ray

        Liberators. Yeah, sure.