Stimulus and EMP (Electromagnetic pulse)

If the Obama Administration really wants to do something productive with the stimulus money, use $100 billion or so and begin to harden the United States Infrastructure against EMP.

A single high-altitude nuclear weapon detonation (perhaps 200 miles) would create an electromagnetic pulse that would cover most of the continental United States, some of Canada and Mexico.  The EMP would disable much of the electronic equipment in the United States.  Even a small – by nuclear weapons standards – fission weapon would do significant damage.  EMP would mean loss of power for everyone.  This would mean no delivery of food or medicine or any other supplies.  People that require water and sewer systems would be without power.  Computers, TVs, radios would be damaged.  The damage would not be a matter of resetting circuit breakers.  Decades would pass before we were back to a 1920 level.  Half a century before we were back to the 1970s.  Tens to hundreds of millions of people would die in the United States within a year from starvation, disease, and untreated medical conditions.  Many more hundreds of millions from around the world would die from ripple effects.

A country such as Iran or North Korea with a nuclear weapon and a delivery system could put the United States back to 1850 in terms of technology in 1 second.  Without a weapon defense system, the United States is completely helpless.

Do we want to be at the mercy of an insane leader of a foreign country?

Two steps that must be taken as soon as possible:

1. Missile defense to stop the EMP before it starts.

2. Try to “harden” much of the United States electrical network.  This is not a quick solution, but should be started.

If we are ever hit by EMP it will be too late.

2 thoughts on “Stimulus and EMP (Electromagnetic pulse)”

  1. I completely agree that the government needs to take money and put it towards hardening the United States Infrastructure against EMP. It’s so scary to think about this and to know that we don’t know when this is going to happen and when life as we know it is going to change. But we can’t be in denial about this and push it to the back of the priority list. People need to become better prepared and get ready. Since I’ve heard about EMP, I’ve been researching around the internet to become better prepared and to learn more about EMP. One really great blog site that I came across is actually a Radio Blog show. They have new episodes every Wednesday and they have a guest on the show as well. There is always really great information and tips that they talk about. This Wednesday the 24th, a guy named James Zumwalt is going to be on the show. Here’s the link if you want to listen in on it:

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