posted on Nov, 30 2014 @ 12:38 AM
If you picture a Coronal Mass Ejection on the scale of the 1859 Carrington Event, it would basically be the end of civilization.
Before you even talk about the grid, there is quite simply the chaos caused to our petroleum extraction. All crude oil moves from well to collection
tank via pipeline, then via big feeder lines to refineries hundreds of miles away. Every mile or so, there are a set of pressure valves, all remotely
controlled by the pipeline owner's central office. A CME would destroy EVERY valve in every pipeline. In the case of Russian, Saudi and American
companies, some pipelines are a thousand or even two thousand miles long. There are not even enough replacement parts built yet to fix all the
switches on every pipeline at once.
Same thing with the grid.
So, if the grid and oil arteries are not back on line in a week, they probably never will be. All those repair trucks will require gasoline. And the
gasoline must be shipped from refineries (now off-line), to gas stations / vendors, who rely on electric pumps to sell gas to consumers. None of them
will have the ability to move gas.
Then there's the medical angle
Every type I diabetic, every dialysis patient, every patient with a pacemaker (which uses tiny electrodes--antennae in a CME!) will be 'off the
grid'. then every person who relies on maintenance meds will go off after a couple of weeks without their pills. So every heart patient, COPD,
Asthsma, angina, etc., and every one who relies on air conditioning in the southern U.S., or winter heat other than firewood in the northern
latitudes, will be winging it. Almost all will die within a couple of months. Add in the non-lethal problems, like drug addicts and mental patients,
who will be amped up and desperate...
And sanitary practices.
6 hours into the apocalypse, your local water tower will be out of H2O. What will you do? most of your neighbors will carry all their buckets and
travel mugs down to the neighborhood pond, and fill up their buckets. Which will be fine for the first 2 days. But they won't wash their hands or
buckets; and they will wade in at the exact same spot the last people waded in. Someone will have to take a crap while their buddy fills the bucket.
And without a marked latrine, they'll poop where the last guy went..... typhus. typhoid. scarlet fever. dysentery. millions will be killed by
the green-apple quickstep.
And food distribution. With no fuel for harvest or marketing of produce, farms will quickly drop out of the global marketplace. No deliveries. So
any food you get from a truck will cease to come to you. It will be replaced by what you can scavenge or produce on your own. Game will be stripped
from natural areas in a matter of a month. Suburban and urban areas will be denuded of dogs, cats, squirrels and rats. Without the park service to
stock area lakes and streams, those will be almost instantly fished out. What isn't will be lethal from the sewage running into the watershed.
Millions will starve.
The good news is, it won't be nearly as violent as the doomsters imagine. Once a human's daily intake falls below a thousand calories, they become
listless and passive. They won't be doing much banditry or looting once they are too shaky to stand. Most will die in small groups with their
friends; often after eating contaminated food, or poisoned by whatever mystery plant they've picked out of the ornamental shrubbery in the yard.
The long and short of it is, we should have had a major, civilization-wide war by 1985 (a generation after WWII). Every decade we go without it
happening, simply means that the "Big One" will kill that much larger a percentage of the planet's bipeds, when it hits.