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Interview: High Frontier’s Scott Cooper Talks EMP Attacks

We’ve covered the frightening news before:

A “military-style” attack on a California power station was first thought to be vandalism, but then escalated to an FBI-involved investigation.

“These were not amateurs taking potshots. My personal view is that this was a dress rehearsal,” said Mark Johnson, a former PG&E executive, at a press conference on grid security.

The director of the National Security Agency has acknowledged that China is capable of using a cyber attack to shut down our power grid. One power company claimed that it defends itself against 10,000 attempted cyber attacks a month.

But when discussing electromagnetic pulse attacks and the insecurity of our power grid, there are groups that have organized seeking to thwart such scenarios.

“There are solutions to this problem, and they are relatively inexpensive, but right now we lack the political leadership to get it done,” said Scott Cooper, executive director of High Frontier which spearheads the grassroots efforts to tackle these problems.

“We believe it’s going to take a grassroots effort to put pressure on our leaders to fix this problem,” he explained.

The detonation of a ballistic missile a few hundred miles over our atmosphere could wipe out our entire infrastructure, sending the country back to the 1800s.

“We know our good friends over in Iran right now are working diligently to acquire such a weapon, and they have a stated purpose of trying to destroy us,” said Cooper. “They should put all of us on alert that we need to protect ourselves so that cannot happen.”

Cooper explained that cost and regulation were hindering solutions.

Cost, he explained, could be broken down to a per subscriber level, or each subscriber would pay about 25 to 50 cents per year for 10 years. When it’s broken down like that the cost appears nominal.

“What’s preventing it honestly is the fear of additional regulation,” he added. The group is for limited government, but every rule has its exception.

“But this isn’t regulation for regulation’s sake. It’s regulation to protect the American citizenry, and it needs to be passed.”

Legislation to help the government strengthen our power grid’s security has never made it out of committee.

In the meantime, Cooper encourages citizens to get involved and to live wisely.

“When we were living under the fear of mutually assured destruction, the concept of civil defense was talked about regularly. It wasn’t a ‘prepper’ or a kind of extreme group. Folks did it because they were trained to do it,” said Cooper about the “Prepper” movement.

Cooper favors things like victory gardens and making strategic partnerships with farmers.

“I think we need to think strategically about that again. It’s about living wisely,” he added.

To listen to Joshua Cook’s entire interview with Scott Cooper below.

George Noory Warns: US Power Grid Remains Vulnerable to EMP Event

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.