Thursday, March 10, 2011

I Worry About This a LOT More than Global Warming...

...and, yet, we are doing little to nothing about two threats that could -- literally -- send U.S. society back 100 years:  EMP attack and solar storm.

ABC News says North Korea is finishing work on an EMP bomb:

The North is believed to be nearing completion of an electromagnetic pulse bomb that, if exploded 25 miles above ground would cause irreversible damage to electrical and electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, radio and radar, experts say.
"We assume they are at a considerably substantial level of development," Park Chang-kyu of the Agency for Defense Development said at a briefing to the parliament Monday.
Park confirmed that South Korea has also developed an advanced electronic device that can be deployed in times of war.

Even National Geographic, a huge proponent of 'global warming' has awakened to this threat. The U.S. has spent more than $80 billion dollars on global warming research. Time to start redirecting monies toward missile defense and on EMP mitigation.


  1. Or it's time to redirect money going to oil/coal companies to these areas of research. If one thing is clear, it's that climate change can have wide-ranging effects, so we should definitely continue to study it, look for solutions, and figure out ways to adapt as well as work with other countries to pool data. The US spends almost 6 times as much money on fossil fuels than renewables. Time to put an end to that.

  2. Niko,

    Agree 100% about corporate welfare. There is too much of it and it needs to stop. That said, there is little evidence (other than unverifiable computer models) that there is a significant net threat posed by global warming.

    On the other hand, the threat of EMP/solar storms is HUGE. We are doing little or nothing about it and it is much more "solvable" than global warming (i.e., we know how to harden electrical systems). Time to devote major resources to EMP.

    Thanks for commenting.


  3. I think most climate scientists would argue there's a wealth of evidence to support human pollution induced climate change.

    Peak oil, deforestation, ocean dead zones, bees in decline, coral reefs in decline, melting glaciers, erratic weather, smog/asthma. Many people view these as threats to our way of life and rightfully so.
    You shouldn't underestimate the smart, hard-working people involved in these fields. These problems are "solvable."


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