A North Korean EMP Attack Could Destroy Our Grid – And We Need to Safeguard It Now!
The US electric grid is more vulnerable than it has ever been at any point of time. In addition to physical and cyber attacks, it seems an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack could also be one of the biggest threats to our grid and to our nation at large. As North Korea gets madder by the day because they are led by buffoon who is even more evil than Harvey Weinstein and Lois Lerner, experts warn that an EMP attack could be on the radar and we need to do something about it now.
The Imminent Threat
North Korea recently threatened the US that it could hit the country with an EMP offensive, in response to the economic sanctions imposed on it. Experts believe that North Korea could detonate a hydrogen bomb at a very high altitude, which could generate an electromagnetic pulse strong enough to destroy most of our electric grid.
In the aftermath of such an attack, essential services including hospitals, medical care, water, transportation, telecommunications, waste disposal, and air control could get decimated. Eventually, it could lead to a societal collapse and millions of people could potentially get killed due to diseases, starvation, and civil unrest. Simply put, it is a horrifying, unthinkable scenario to say the least.
The sad part is that for more than a decade, intelligence officials have been trying to raise the issue of an EMP attack on our grid, but their concerns were not reciprocated by the powers that be. Obama was too busy wrecking our health care system and playing golf after Americans were decapitated.
The previous administration was also more interested about emission rates (which are not going to kill anyone), global warming (fake news and fake information), and alternative energy (which should come naturally, not when it is forced upon us) and invested very little time, money, and effort to repair and strengthen the grid against potential physical, cyber, and EMP attacks.
Many of the problems with the grid could be traced back to the fact that it does not have a single oversight body. The utility companies are only interested in the production and distribution of power and are not invested in security measures, the military thinks it is a civilian issue (not all military leaders think like this), and the public utility commissions and regulatory bodies only look at the grid from a utility perspective and not from a security perspective which is foolish.
What We Need To Do
The first thing we need is a federal administration that is genuinely interested in fixing the grid. Thankfully, the current administration has stated explicitly that strengthening the grid is one of its topmost priorities.
The FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) is working closely with experts to identify, analyze, and prepare for threats against the grid. The Department of Energy, along with Homeland Security officials, is also focused on grid vulnerability and working on ways to mitigate potential threats.
Lastly, Trump needs to decide if a new EMP commission should be set up, in place of the one that was terminated on the 30th of September this year.
An exclusive commission to focus on EMP attacks sounds like a prudent idea, but if it is not possible, the government needs to look for other ways to make the grid resilient to such attacks and also have measures in place to mitigate the effects of such an attack, should it take place. Our government also needs to look at options to defang North Korea and pre-empt their attacks, EMP or otherwise, through various means. They can email me if they want some ideas on how to accomplish that!
Like building the southern border wall, this is something America should have done years ago. Trillions spent on a mythical health care system idea was certainly not helpful.
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