posted on Oct, 3 2012 @ 07:10 PM
I want to bang my head against the wall, seeing that we have done so little to harden our grid against solar flares. I suppose it will take getting
knocked on our ass by a strong geomagnetic storm to get people do anything about it.
This might be why:
Scientist to politician: "Sir, if this happens it would knock out power for months, maybe even years to a substantial portion of the world. We need to
harden our grid now."
Politician to scientist: "So, you're not even sure if this will happen anytime soon, and you want me to justify 1 billion dollars of spending for some
apocalyptic event that might never happen?"
And that folks, is why our grid is still vulnerable to strong geomagnetic storms, because modern vision is 5 minutes instead of 5 years.
Granted, estimates from ice core samples indicate that Carrington-type events happen on the average to every 500 years, but the truth is that we don't
really know when the next one will come.
And that's if we even need a storm that strong to knock out transformers. You would probably have substantial damage from a storm half the strength of
the Carrington Event. These happen much more often, as in 1921, 1960, and 1989.
The 1989 storm knocked out power in Quebec for 9 hours, and prompted the government and industry to harden the grid. We didn't learn in the US, and
are even more vulnerable nowadays because of the length of contiguous high-voltage power lines spanning the country.
So, as I bang my head against the wall once again, I ask... will someone get me an ice pack?
edit on 3-10-2012 by windowpane because: (no