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Originally posted by getreadyalready
So....I can't find any information to back up my opinion that the damage requires a power source. I could be wrong. I formed that opinion while researching a way to shield a vehicle and ensure it would be useful after an attack, but I can't find the related research now. My plan was to keep a pre-1984 vehicle with a heavy-duty kill switch to the battery and a few spare electronical parts on hand.
The Wiki article is pretty informative, but it doesn't provide any information for protecting against the effects. It does clarify the different E1, E2, and E3 pulses that are present. It seems like the OP mostly references damages from the E3 pulse, but that particular pulse is the hardest to generate, requires lower altitude and larger bomb to be effective. In other words it would be a "state-sponsored" attack, not a simple terrorist attack. The E1 and E2 pulses could be very effective, but only at a very high altitude (in the range of satellite orbits), therefore they would require sophisticated delivery systems, so again they would require state-sponsorships and would be beyond the capability of terrorist groups.
In my humble opinion, the country is much more vulnerable on more local scales, with much less risk and expense associated with it. Simple coordinated attacks could take down the power grid more efficiently, and with much less risk and expense. Simple coordinated attacks could disrupt traffic and daily life and routine much more efficiently and with less risk (think DC Sniper).
The EMP risk may be real, but it should be very low on the priority list of protecting the country. The priority list should be #1 Protection against overbearing government and corporate control! #2 Protection of Sovereign borders and citizens privileges. #3 Protection against violent crimes, offenders, abuses, and molestations from our own population! #4 Protection against violence from outside our borders (terrorists). #5 Protection against State-Sponsored acts of War.
If we protect the rights and priveliges of our citizens, secure our borders, control our government and corporations, and police our citizens-friends-families, then we have very, very little risk from terrorism and war.
Why spend enormous amounts of money and time preventing the least likely of attacks? Why not protect against the lifestyle daily attacks already happening?