I love how people dismiss the idea that if an EMP hit a billion could die. This is easily
imaginable. Nothing in this world is more fragile
than human society. Lets look at the effects of a global power outage:
-No power = no labs or factories making medicine for the masses. Some people may be able to make medicine for themselves or a few in their community,
but with 8.3% of the US population having diabetes (and growing), that's a lot of people dependant on insulin and other meds. That's around
30,000,000 people right there. There are more who need heart/blood pressure meds to stay alive. People dependant on anti-psychotics and depression
meds. Let's not forget those with pacemakers (over 2,000,000). They'll likely drop like flies when the EMP hits.
-No power = no way to keep the reactors cool at the the 440 (+/-) Nuclear Power Plants around the globe. Anyone living near or downwind from these
plants could suffer from serious radiation poisoning, resulting in death. The effects on the environment will also have to be factored in. Sure
there are gas powered generators to keep these things up and running, but even if 0.5% of these places failed we're still looking at a couple of
meltdowns. Judging the current condition of most of the plants here in the US, I'd bet there'd be many more.
-No power means no more 1000 acre farming using machines. The output of food will be vastly weakened, as will the distilling of good drinkable water
for the masses. There are many who can, and do, grow their own crops and have their own wells, but there are millions who wouldn't know the first
thing about farming and purifying water. Many of these people will starve. The rest will either adapt or will steal and kill to get what they need,
killing countless more. Countries, desperate to aid their starving nations will wage war for water and land resources. This will be exacerbated by
the fact that good water supplies and land will be decreased from the nuclear radiation. Many more will die.
-With the decline in good medication, the rise in death from injuries will increase. Things like infections and disease will claim many. Hunting is
also infinitely more dangerous than going to the grocery store, especially considering that the wildlife will become as desperate as humans for
-Looting and gangs of thieves will kill many more.
In short; the average person is so dependant on power that they would be lost should the power go out for months or years. When the warring for
resources begins you'll begin to see insurrections and mutinies as soldiers are torn between duty and staying with their own desperate families.
Gangs and cartels will use their resources to take command of food storage facilities, killing many to maintain power in their areas. Things will be
bad. Importing and Exporting will come to a stand still. Its very easy to imagine a billion people dying. About 1% of the population will die of
shock, incapable of action. Even more will fall due to exposure in the winter and summer peaks. Many people will survive. Its in no way a doomsday
scenarion. One billion isn't even a third of the population. But it won't be easy, and an EMP from the sun isn't as far fetched as people are
desperate to believe. You can call it fear mongering, but I call it acknowledging the inevitable.
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