Disappointing, but a step in the right direction, if this gets fully implemented.
World Affairs Brief, January 20, 2017 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.
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NATIONAL ELECTRIC GRID PROTECTION SERIOUSLY FLAWED
Many were heartened that the Obama administration was moving forward to protect the national electrical grid from electromagnetic pulses from either solar flares or EMP. However, as Michael Maloof of WND explains the new improvements are only aimed at modest protections from solar flares and not the more powerful EMP pulses.
The Obama administration, on the eve of its transfer of power, is about to impose new standards to protect the nation’s life-sustaining electric grid from solar storms. However, the new standards by a Democrat-dominated regulatory board, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will address only solar activities. Pointedly, it will not protect the vulnerable national grid from a man-made, high altitude, nuclear detonation that could create an electromagnetic pulse.
In an email to WND, William R. Graham, who was director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy and chairman of the 2008 congressionally mandated EMP Commission, warned that the FERC has scheduled a ruling on Jan. 19 – the FERC’s planned ruling “is likely to have far-ranging, seriously counterproductive national security implications.”
“It may not be an accident that this action is being addressed on the last full day of the Obama administration rather than at a time when the Trump administration can influence the ruling,” Graham told WND.
The FERC is to finalize standards for only solar storms, or the natural-occurring slow EMP called an E3, ignoring the nuclear-weapon-generated EMP, Graham warned… [but] there is also a substantially higher, intense electromagnetic fast pulse (E1) produced only by high-altitude nuclear weapons.”
“Significantly,” Graham said, “similar commercially available equipment can be used to protect against nuclear EMP and naturally occurring GMD EMP, but comprehensive nuclear EMP protection also requires protection against E1. Graham said he has alerted the incoming Trump transition department appointees and transition-team heads to the impending FERC action.
Graham pointed out the FERC is dominated by three Obama administration appointees, although the Republican appointee slots remain empty. Despite the Trump administration coming into office in a few days, the FERC won’t realize a majority of Republicans until June 30, 2017, when the term of a Democratic appointee is scheduled to end.
Frankly, in light of unilateral disarmament and PDD-60 warning our military to prepare to accept a nuclear first strike and “retaliate afterward,” I’m skeptical the government really wants to protect the grid from an EMP strike, which will be a 20 minute prelude to a real nuclear strike.