Monday, July 16, 2012

Electromagnetic Pulse EMP - #4046 - Pay Attention to a Warning from Newt Gingrich - Grid Reliability & Infrastructure Act - American Thinker (2) Newt Gingrich: Preparing for the Next Power Outage - Washington Post

CALL YOUR HOUSE MEMBER TO CHECK ON STATUS OF THIS BILL - IN VIRGINIA 5TH DISTRICT, CALL ROBERT HURT, 202-225-4711.
Newt Gingrich can throw out more ideas in a week than many politicians do in a lifetime. However, everyone -- but particularly our leaders in Washington -- should pay attention to his op-ed piece published last week in the Washington Post. Like all others in Washington, DC, and surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs, the Gingrichs were trapped without power for several days caused by a massive summer storm throughout the region. Without power, the comforts of home become worthless. You sit in the sweltering heat, realizing you are living in a box that, without electricity, is a trap. You pray for the "juice" to return before your groceries go bad. You either make do in the heat or find refuge with friends who have electricity. I write this now because of my concern for national security and our power grid, which are susceptible to doomsday-level damage if hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) strike or a major solar storm........The technology exists to harden at least part of the national electric grid against an EMP attack or major solar storm. Two years ago, in a time of political deadlock, the House approved the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act with bipartisan support. It would put in place protections such as fortified bunkers for the national power grid - but this effort stalled in the Senate. I challenge the president and Congress to picture what it would be like if the power in the nation's capital were still off - or, far worse, if the entire nation were without power for months. Newt Gingrich is not the first to warn of the catastrophe awaiting our vulnerable, highly technological society from an EMP event. Will Congress and the president take note? That's not likely in the current politically charged election year. However, everyone should urge their congressmen and senators at town hall meetings and in emails or letters to consider this matter seriously. Oh, and you might want to store some extra food rations and water for the next 12 months or so while maintaining at least a half tank of gas for escape to an area still pumping fuel -- just in case.  Read more........  HOUSE CONTACT LIST........


Newt Gingrich: Preparing for the Next Power Outage - Washington Post - Callista and I live in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, and, like many in the region, we lost power in the recent storms. The blackout, combined with a record heat wave, made homes nearly uninhabitable. The storm and heat were this region’s greater leveler: Rich or poor, urban or suburban, six-figure income or just barely getting by, we were all cast on the same strange shores. Without power, the comforts of home become worthless. You sit in the sweltering heat, realizing you are living in a box that, without electricity, is a trap. You pray for the “juice” to return before your groceries go bad. You either make do in the heat or find refuge with friends who have electricity.  Read more..........

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