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Lights out: House plan would protect nation's electricity from solar flare, nuclear bomb
Washington Examiner ^ | 17 June 2013 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 06/20/2013 7:49:53 AM PDT by LSUfan

Amid growing fears of a massive electromagnetic pulse hit from either a solar flare or a terrorist nuclear bomb, House Republicans on Tuesday will unveil a plan to save the nation's electric grid from an attack that could mean lights out for 300 million Americans.

Dubbed the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act, the legislation would push the federal government to install grid-saving devices such as surge protectors to protect against an attack.

"It is critical that we protect our major transformers from cascading destruction. The Shield Act encourages industry to develop standards necessary to protect our electric infrastructure against both natural and man-made EMP events," said Rep. Trent Franks, the Arizona Republican who is offering up the bipartisan bill.

Electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, has come into focus because of fears the sun is pushing out unusually big solar flares that can disrupt the electric grid. Defense officials are also worried about a terrorist attack, possibly in the form of a small nuclear bomb exploded overhead.

"This is serious stuff," said former Pentagon official Frank Gaffney, who heads the Center for Security Policy. But, he added, there is a growing bipartisan consensus to protect the electric grid.

Any EMP attack could be damaging, said Gaffney. He cited a new Lloyds of London report that determined that the area from Washington, D.C., to New York could be without electricity for up to two years in a major solar flare-up.

The legislation will be introduced Tuesday by Franks and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at a meeting of the House EMP Caucus. Officials said that the legislation, provided in advance to Secrets, will include information from a recent EMP commission report that "contemporary U.S. society is not structured, nor does it have the means, to provide for the needs of nearly 300 million Americans without electricity.''

Gaffney told Secrets that there are some 300 huge electric transformers around the nation that control the grid and that have to be protected. "You are basically talking about surge protectors, of a somewhat exotic kind, but it is a means of interrupting the pulse," he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: electricity; electromagneticpulse; emp; energy; nuclearterrorism; terrorism
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Candles produce too much CO2, and don’t support the leftist/Obama agenda of us freezing in the dark.


101 posted on 06/20/2013 12:02:57 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: thackney
That didn't make any sense to me. And I've sized a lot of motors for process applications.

Think mass flow or breaking a thixotropic fluid.

In a throttling type application, with a varying process, that is quite true.

Around here, atmospheric temperatures vary some 50°F daily. That changes delivered fluid viscosities considerably as well as demands on cooling fans. Cycling the fans was not an option for us as viscosity control and therefore temperature control, both in process materials and ambient conditions meant everything to us in terms of material cost in the final product.

102 posted on 06/20/2013 12:06:02 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: Marcella

Thanks for the link.


103 posted on 06/20/2013 12:15:30 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: thackney

“Toledo Bend”

I know where that is. In a disaster situation, I don’t think massive movement on highways would be to that area from where you are - that’s a good spot. I lived in east Texas near Longview, Texas, growing up.


104 posted on 06/20/2013 12:17:14 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: humblegunner; Jim Robinson; Lazamataz

You might be interested in this article I posted - post #53.

SOLAR FLARE VS. NEMP ATTACK (Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse)


105 posted on 06/20/2013 12:35:40 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: greeneyes

Post 53.


106 posted on 06/20/2013 12:37:03 PM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Thanks, I understand now.

That is outside my experience but I understand the application.

Cheers!


107 posted on 06/20/2013 12:45:03 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: thackney
Spare Transformers or the existing ones? And if the transformers survive, but all the other equipment fails, what have you accomplished?

Stored implies spare transformers and equipment. If by 'other equipment' you mean your microwave then nothing. An EMP is not going to get every piece of electronics everywhere so hopefully there will still be plenty of eq. to use the grid. Me? I'm building my 4kw solar power system now. I've bought an extra 4000w inverter, charger and am storing 1000w of panels just in case.

108 posted on 06/20/2013 12:46:10 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

I don’t believe there is any cause for concern of a transformer not connected to a transmission/distribution line. I do not believe there is any noticeable EMP effect on a disconnected transformer.


109 posted on 06/20/2013 12:53:50 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: LSUfan

The biggest threat to our electric grid isn’t a nuclear bomb or a solar flare - it’s our government.


110 posted on 06/20/2013 1:06:34 PM PDT by meyer (When people fear the government, you have Tyranny)
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To: meyer

BTTT


111 posted on 06/20/2013 1:09:55 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: meyer

“The biggest threat to our electric grid isn’t a nuclear bomb or a solar flare - it’s our government.”

I’ll Bump to that! That is exactly right. The Soviet Union, China, and North Korea all use/used electricity as a weapon against the people.


112 posted on 06/20/2013 1:12:27 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: LSUfan
Dubbed the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act...

Really? S.H.I.E.L.D?

-PJ

113 posted on 06/20/2013 1:16:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: thackney
BTW, around here groundwater is occasionally stingy, so virtually all wells have electronic controllers to keep the pumps from overdrawing and running dry.

Same story WRT EMP.

114 posted on 06/20/2013 1:49:42 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Islam offers choices: Convert, submit, or die.)
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To: onedoug
He won't have to veto it.

It's a Republican proposal, so it'll never get a vote in the Senate.

115 posted on 06/20/2013 1:54:42 PM PDT by daler
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To: Lazamataz
A little dyslexic there, huh? See my 113.

-PJ

116 posted on 06/20/2013 3:46:40 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: Maceman
One of the few times in recent years that I can recall the government planning to do something useful.

That's what I was feeling too... How strange that we give them sooooooo much money in taxes and they do almost nothing to protect us in any way that matters...

117 posted on 06/20/2013 4:48:15 PM PDT by GOPJ (... liberal anger, the privileged wheeze of entitled brats ... Greenfield)
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To: Marcella

Thanks for the info.


118 posted on 06/21/2013 2:20:19 AM PDT by greeneyes (Moderation in defense of your country is NO virtue. Let Freedom Ring.)
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To: LSUfan

Why bother? O*******bama will veto it.


119 posted on 06/21/2013 2:21:20 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: null and void

“Like the ones Hams use to protect their radios from lighting strikes on the antenna?”

Exactly why I am suspicious of this bill. Even neighborhood transformers have grounding and many have shielded electronic circuit breakers.

The technology has been around since the ‘40s when the government started designing for EMPs of nuclear weapons.

If this just raises the bar to ensure transformers can withstand a vigorous EMP I’m fine with it but I suspect it’s the beginning of a new control, err, “management” program for the government.


120 posted on 06/21/2013 3:37:23 AM PDT by Justa
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To: bigbob

The townspeople of Rock Ridge love the name of your proposed bill.


121 posted on 06/21/2013 3:40:24 AM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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