posted on Jun, 25 2017 @ 03:06 AM
a reply to: Umberto
Our grid is vulnerable for several reasons. And while you're right about storage/flow centers would help, especially for areas that rely mostly on
temperamental sources (wind, solar), we also need to spend billions hardening our generating plants/systems, transmission lines, substations and
end-user supply transformers and lines from EM overload. Whether it's another massive solar storm like the Carrington Event, or an EMP attack by a
hostile actor or nation, our energy infrastructure is still extremely vulnerable to overload and system burnout from this sort of event.
And as well as those systems, our telecommunications infrastructure is vulnerable as well. From broadcast and relay stations to cell towers and the
phones themselves. Our critical response systems rely on repeaters and devices that aren't generally shielded from these either. The military and
Federal Government have made inroads toward this issue, and most modern critical battle systems and equipment (planes, armored vehicles, command
centers, field radios) are hardened against this mostly. But much of the corresponding civil infrastructure isn't. The communication networks,
radios, computers and vehicles of most local and state first responders and emergency services are still incredibly susceptible to EM damage. And
building the storage/flow centers with any battery system and not hardening it as part of the initial construction design juat means it will have to
be retrofitted later, at considerably more cost and human hours than having built it that way in the first place.
I've got a theory that N. Korea is so happy with their recent missile test "failures" because they actually didn't fail. They got high enough to
deploy a 15-30 KT nuclear device into the upper atmosphere, which is all they need for an EM strike that could cripple most of the Western Pacific,
including S. Korea, Guam, Japan, Taiwan, and maybe even Hawaii.