Hey! Thanks for turning up. Not sure how you found me here just yet! Let’s see if we can make the most of your visit.
For openers, I’ll give you some idea of the main focus of this site: For a little different take on it you can read the executive summary here.
An excerpt from an inter-agency report of The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) states:
“The nation’s power grid is vulnerable to the effects of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), a sudden burst of electromagnetic radiation resulting from a natural or man-made event. EMP events occur with little or no warning and can have catastrophic effects, including causing outages to major portions of the U.S. power grid possibly lasting for months or longer”.
The consensus recommendation of the FERC report is that; “The U.S. power industry must implement mitigation technologies to prevent catastrophic impacts to the grid resulting from EMP threats”. (1.)
That report dates back to Jan. 2010. It’s effectively 5 years later now.
So how much progress has been made to actually upgrade and retrofit the U.S. system-wide, electrical infrastructure equipment using these “mitigation technologies”?
In short; the report card is not very good. FERC has been heavily criticized that its priorities are more focused on ways to insure the protection of electric company profits rather than protect the critical infrastructure of the nation.
No less than the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Michael Mullen (now retired) declared,
“Energy security needs to be one of the first things we think about, before we deploy another soldier, before we build another ship or plane, and before we buy or fill another rucksack”. (2)
He said that back in October, 2010. That’s the military top brass speaking…
At least 2 points can be made here to give you some insight into the challenges we face as a nation to achieve the energy security we require. Remember, the electric power grid is the “keystone infrastructure” without which all the other critical infrastructures soon collapse.
This means that millions of American lives are at stake because the national electric grid is vulnerable to EMP. Congress is well informed about this, at least at one time, there were key Senators and Representatives that were actively pursuing getting legislation passed that would empower the U.S. Government with the necessary regulatory authority to order the electric power utilities to protect the grid.
That legislation-titled the SHIELD Act (HR 668), is idled somewhere on the back-burners of the cumbersome legislative process. What’s the hold-up?
The other point to be made is that although individual Congressmen and women have shown admirable pluck and fortitude to move resolutions and initiatives through the House that address this issue, the concerned citizens of this great country are still either uninformed about this critical topic, or left almost entirely out of the loop when it comes to influencing the Administrative/legislative decisions that impact our own Civilian Defense
Two recent books published (2011,2014) about “the struggle to protect America from an Electromagnetic Pulse Catastrophe” are titled respectively:
… These titles alone should give you a sense of the woeful state of U.S. nuclear EMP blackmail/terrorist non-preparedness.
As this web site builds out and advances, we’re going to examine ways we can empower U.S citizens so hopefully, WE the People have more effective means for holding our representatives and the Government accountable.
(1.) U.S. FERC Inter-agency Report, The Early Time (E1) High Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse and its Impact on the U.S. Power Grid (Oak Ridge, TN: Oak Rridge National Laboratory, January 2010)
(2.) Mullen quoted in speech before Energy Security Forum (October 13, 2010) Source reference found pg. 101 of Electric Armageddon by Dr. Peter Vincent Pry August 24, 2014