Friday, October 13, 2023

This Article Will, and Should, Frighten You

Wall Street Journal
The Journal has written a fine article pertaining to the catastrophic consequences of a Carrington Event (solar storm) or a wartime electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) which would knock out the power grid in the half the earth facing the sun or the targeted area, respectively. 

There is no paywall in this version of the article and I urge you to read it. Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump all had groups study this but not much was done. The "tabletop exercise" described in the article is better than nothing but hardly want is needed to prevent this tremendous catastrophe. 

Consider what the world would be like if North and South America were facing the sun when a Carriinton Event occurred. Both continents would immediately lose power -- likely for years. People would starve to death, almost all of the critically ill people in hospitals would quickly die, etc. etc. Deaths would be in the tens of millions. China, Russia and Iran would all take advantage of the situation. 

Scary enough? Congress has not been inclined to do much as they (wrongly, I believe) look at this as a problem for the executive branch. I've already contacted my congressional delegation on this topic. You may wish to do the same. 

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