Coast to Coast AM host George Noory recently announced the launch of a new initiative to raise awareness to the US power grid’s vulnerability to an electromagnetic pulse incident. WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah has also officially joined Noory’s quest and will be working with him to inform Americans about the risks posed by an EMP disaster. The NASA video embedded to this page describes a recent solar storm, capable of producing an EMP event, which nearly hit Earth in 2012.
An electromagnetic pulse is a type of burst of electromagnetic energy that can seriously damage and completely disable electronic devices. Experts have warned that large-scale EMP events could theoretically wipe out power grids of entire geographical regions. Natural disasters like solar flares and lightning strikes produce electromagnetic pulses, as can man-made weapons such as nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles.
In April of this year, NASA scientists met at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Workshop to discuss a massive solar storm that almost descended upon Earth. According to NASA’s Dr. Tony Phillips, “On July 23, 2012, a plasma cloud or ‘CME’ rocketed away from the sun as fast as 3000 km/s, more than four times faster than a typical eruption. The storm tore through Earth orbit, but fortunately Earth wasn’t there. Instead it hit the STEREO-A spacecraft. Researchers have been analyzing the data ever since, and they have concluded that the storm was one of the strongest in recorded history.”
In the 19th century, a similar solar storm called the Carrington Event of September 1859 struck Earth, causing telegraph lines to spark and in some cases sparking fires at telegraph offices. However, 19th century society was less dependent on electronic devices, limiting the scope of the catastrophe. Dr. Tony Phillips notes, “A similar storm today could have a catastrophic effect on modern power grids and telecommunication networks. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers fried by such a storm could take years to repair and impact national security.”
In addition to an EMP event caused by a solar flare, a rising chorus of experts and policymakers, including former US Senator Jon Kyl, have been warning that US power grids could be targeted by terrorists or a foreign military and that the results could be apocalyptic, leading to casualties in the millions. Kyl said in a 2006 op-ed for The Washington Post, “An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the American homeland, said one of the distinguished scientists who testified at the hearing, is one of only a few ways that the United States could be defeated by its enemies — terrorist or otherwise. And it is probably the easiest. A single Scud missile, carrying a single nuclear weapon, detonated at the appropriate altitude, would interact with the Earth’s atmosphere, producing an electromagnetic pulse radiating down to the surface at the speed of light. Depending on the location and size of the blast, the effect would be to knock out already stressed power grids and other electrical systems across much or even all of the continental United States, for months if not years.”
George Noory’s self-described “EMP protection campaign” will feature frequent discussions with scientists and policymakers on Coast to Coast AM. The goal of the initiative is to encourage the US Congress to take steps to retrofit the nation’s power grid to protect it from an electromagnetic pulse event. Said Noory, “I implore all individual states, the president and members of Congress to immediately develop a plan to protect our power grid. The preservation of our great nation and the lives of its people are critical. It is not a matter of if, but when we will experience an EMP event or attack. We need to be ready now.”
As a part of his campaign’s launch, Noory spoke with Michael Maloof, a former policy analyst for the Office of the Secretary of Defense, on Coast to Coast AM about his book A Nation Forsaken: EMP: The Escalating Threat of an American Catastrophe. Maloof warned, “In the case of an EMP, people need to place themselves into a 19th-century existence and figure out what they will need in a household, such as a supply of stored food, water and medications on which they may need to survive for weeks, months and possibly years.” Noory also recently welcomed William Forstchen, a history professor at Montreat College, on his program to discuss the threat of an EMP event.
Michael Maloof offered his ideas as to how the crisis could be averted, “For less than $2 billion, we can harden our grid against an EMP if we can get SHIELD Act legislation passed soon. Once passed, it will take another five years to accomplish the task of hardening the national grid system if there are no hitches.” WorldNetDaily pointed out the fact that several bills have been placed before the Congress in an effort to solve this problem, including the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act, the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, and the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act, among others.