posted on Jan, 25 2017 @ 11:23 AM
originally posted by: InTheLight
a reply to: Bedlam
So, are sitting ducks and there is absolutely no technology able to capture and hold this type of energy?
You get a big CME, and the magnetosphere is going to wave like a flag in the wind. That's the nature of things. The bucking of the magnetosphere is
what causes induction of current in long lines.
But, knowing it's coming, and that's one reason why we have solar observation satellites, you just open the long lines and safe the transformers on
cross country transmission. Then you're down to the regional grids being crappily managed and poorly regulated, and if you get people using too much
power for the regional grid's generation capacity, you'll get rolling brownouts.
The long lines let the various regional grids balance that. But in a CME strike, you have to cut them. It's not the end of the world, and in general
it'll be over in a day or two.
If the US power grid was redesigned to be something a bit more modern, this wouldn't be an issue, ever. You'd probably have local grids going up and
down as the CME caused false fault sensing. That's also not the end of the world.
The CME will trap fast particles in the inner magnetosphere where they'll whap into the low and mid orbit sats for weeks. We can control that. I don't
know if the gubmint would show their hand. But the capacity is there, and the military assets will be damaged as well, so it's likely a "miracle"
would occur and the trapped particles will go away in a spectacular light show that "defies nature" or something. Hell, Trump would probably take
credit for it.