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The power grid. The central system that provides the majority of Earth’s inhabitants with electricity. Without it, there’s no internet, no telecommunications, no power. It’s something we all take for granted. But, what happens if the power grid were to go down, globally? — What happens then?
NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has this week announced that an eventual collapse of the American power grid, due to impending geomagnetic interference from celestial bodies, or that of a (theoretical) foreign cyber-attack, is now a “100 percent” possibility.
That means that it is at 100% certainty. It’s just a question of when.
“We know it is coming but we don’t know how bad it is going to be,” Dr Richard Fisher, the Director of Nasa’s Heliophysics Division, said in an interview with The Daily Telegraph back in 2010.
What makes this “news” is the fact that the U.S government itself is, in the next 10 days, planning to perform a series of nation-wide “power outage” drills on the American public, marking the biggest simulated “blackout” of the central power grid the U.S has seen since similar tests which were conducted back in 2011.
The drills are set to take place between November 13 and November 14, and will see utility workers, FBI agents, anti-terrorism experts, governmental agencies, and more than 150 private businesses perform a simulation of a nation-wide “blackout” across the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Newt Gingrich, addressing members of the House Electromagnetic Pulse Caucus:
“This could be the kind of catastrophe that ends civilization – and that’s not an exaggeration. The reason I began focusing on this a decade ago is there are very few events you can’t recover from. You can recover from 9/11, you can recover from Pearl Harbor. This is really different. This creates such a collapse of our fundamental productive capacity that you could literally see a civilization crash and tear itself apart fighting … internally.”
The tests are reportedly designed to test the “integral infrastructure” of the United States central power grid — and one test, in particular, could be slightly concerning. It’s called “GridEx II,” and it’s reportedly set to be a ‘real-world’ simulation of how Earth’s governments would react in the event of a crippled central power grid.
And yes, it’s happening this month.
“One goal of the drill, called GridEx II, is to explore how governments would react as the loss of the grid crippled the supply chain for everyday necessities.”
Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02), on the threat of an EMP:
“The threat of an electromagnetic pulse weapon represents the single greatest asymmetric capability that could fall into the hands of America’s enemies. Should a nuclear weapon from a rogue state such as Iran be detonated in Earth’s atmosphere at a sufficient height above the continental United States, the blast of electromagnetic energy could immediately cripple America’s electric power grid. Currently, the vast majority of the United States’ infrastructure is unsecured and exposed.
According to some experts, just one properly placed EMP blast could disable so large a swath of American technology that between 70-90% of the United States’ population could become unsustainable.”
The public is seemingly being prepared for an event of this nature, too. National Geographic, on October 28 of this year, launched a new television series called “American Blackout.” The docudrama is set to follow the reactions of both American families, and government officials, in an eerily familiar situation that sees the U.S power grid go offline – permanently.
Hit U.S television show – “Revenge” – also ran with the idea of a computer program – called “Karion” – that was shown as being capable of taking down New York‘s entire power grid. Coincidence?
FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), and the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) all echo NASA’s recent warning against the potential outcomes of either a “cyber-security” attack, “X” solar flare, or EMP (Electro Magnetic Pulse), on a scale that America – and the world – has never seen.
In fact, former Secretary of the DHS – Janet Napolitano – released a statement regarding the impacts that this style of event may potentially have on America. Before stepping down from her position at the governing body, Napolitano attended a press conference at which she said the following: “Our country will, at some point, face a major cyber event that will have a serious effect on our lives, our economy, and the everyday functioning of our society.”
We want you to take this article for what you will. Our bringing it to you in the manner we have should speak volumes above all else. Let’s make one thing clear: We’re not implying the U.S government, or any other government for that matter, has plans to intentionally cripple the power grid. That’s insane.
Instead, what we are highlighting is that the infrastructure of today’s power grid is potentially weak to threats which may loom from both; those intent on potentially (and eventually) bringing it down, and those out-of-this-world influences for which we can only prepare to the extent current technology will allow for – and those in positions of power are certainly aware of the impacts an event of this magnitude could bring to modern-day society.
The question is: Where will you be when the power goes out?
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