Experts warn congress: Attack on power grid could lead to “catastrophic civilian casualties”

Some would say it’s low probability, but the damage that could be caused in the event of an EMP attack, both by the sun, a solar event, or a man-made attack, would be catastrophic,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) at a hearing of the Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. ”We talk a lot about a nuclear bomb in Manhattan, and cybersecurity threat to the power grid in the Northeast, and all of these things would actually probably pale in comparison to the devastation that an EMP attack could perpetrate on Americans.”

As noted by The Washington Free Beacon, Congressional members are so worried about such a possibility that they are feverishly working to pass legislation that would implement new protective measures across the national power grid.

Failure to take action now, says Representative Frant Trent (R-AZ), could lead to “catastrophic civilian casualties.”

I believe most will probably die from starvation or thirst. Secondarily, many will die from violence and diseases that will no longer be able to be treated. Gangs will rule most areas; US government will probably be similar to narrowly confined enclaves, like US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

NOBODY IS CLAIMING THAT THE GRID CAN’T BE HARDENED AGAINST SUCH CATASTROPHES. BUT WILL THE HAPLESS, TRIBALISTIC AMERICAN PUBLIC FORCE CONGRESS TO DO SO?

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I didn’t do justice to the seriousness of this topic. I’ll now rectify that, slightly, by including the following, describing Gary Null’s interviewee re catastrophic solar flares:

The Gary Null Show 07/13/12 — MATTHEW STEIN on PREPARIN

Streamed live on Jul 13, 2012
Preparing for serious Solar and CME Storms

Matthew Stein is an engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from MIT and a National Merit Scholar. He is the owner of Aloha Aina Builders, which specializes in hurricane resistant, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly homes, and is also president of Stein Designs which invents consumer and commercial water and bacteriological filtration systems, photovoltaic roofing and other energy efficient and sustainable products.

Matt writes extensively on sustainable preparedness and self-sufficiency in the face of predictable and unpredictable catastrophic scenarios and conditions. in addition to writing on the future of perfect storms for the Huffington Post, he is the author several exhaustive books on how people can prepare themselves for having to rely on our own resources and ingenuity, most notably “When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency” and “When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival”

see also:
The Gary Null Show – Guest Matthew Stein on Solar Flares

GARY NULL, PHD AND JEREMY STILLMAN – SOLAR STORMS: KATRINA TIMES 1,000? A REAL ARMAGEDDON IS POSSIBLE BUT NOT INEVITABLE