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U.S. does nothing to prepare for EMP attacks

An EMP attack can decimate the U.S. power grid, but that doesn't seem bother anybody in the White House.
An EMP attack can decimate the U.S. power grid, but that doesn't seem bother anybody in the White House.
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While the Obama administration passes economy-killing legislation on the nation’s power plants from the imaginary threat of global warming, no action at all arises in response to the real threat of an EMP attack.

What is EMP? An electromagnetic pulse.

What is an EMP attack? The detonation of a nuclear device in the atmosphere over the United States that destroys the nation’s power grid.

What would an EMP attack do? The destruction of the nation’s power grid would deliver a nationwide blackout that would disable electrical systems that the whole country depends on daily for practically everything. It is estimated that twelve months of such a nationwide blackout could cause 90% of the U.S. population to perish from starvation, disease, and societal breakdown.

What is the EMP Commission? A governmental body established in 2001 to monitor, investigate, make recommendations, and report to Congress on the evolving threat to the United States from an EMP attack resulting from the detonation of nuclear weapons at high altitude within the next 15 years.

Ten years ago, Russians reported to the Commission that Koreans had contacted their scientists to develop Korea’s capabilities for an EMP attack. In 2012, Korean capabilities advanced to include an orbiting satellite capable of delivering an EMP attack over the U.S. that would totally destroy the nation’s power grid.

So, what is the U.S. doing about it? Not much, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Last year President Obama signed an executive order to guard critical infrastructure against cyberattacks. But so far this administration doesn't seem to grasp the urgency of the EMP threat.

Also last year, Republican representatives from Texas and Arizona introduced acts that would enable emergency planning, training and resource allocation for survival and recovery from an EMP catastrophe. Both pieces of legislation never came to a vote.

What is lacking in Washington is a sense of urgency. Lawmakers and the administration need to move rapidly to build resilience into our electric grid and defend against an EMP attack that could deliver a devastating blow to the U.S. economy and the American people.

What a warped sense of priorities when, instead, the administration empowers the EPA to impose strangling CO2 standards on coal-fired power plants to reduce emissions, which will yield zero effect on the climate, yet takes no action to protect the same power plants from EMP attack.

Republicans recognize a national threat when they see one, while Obama and his statist nitwits think Republicans are the greatest threat to the nation.

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