Monday, April 27, 2015

Protecting Texas from EMP attack


"Go to the ant, you sluggard!
Consider her ways and be wise,
Which, having no captain,
Overseer or ruler,
Provides her supplies in the summer,
And gathers her food in the harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

[Author's Note: North Korea already has the relevant technology and they're on the record threatening Austin.]

Last week, both chambers of the Texas Legislature considered legislation that would safeguard Texas' electrical grid against Electro-Magnetic pulse (EMP) attack.  While the consequences of an EMP attack could be devastating, protecting against it is relatively inexpensive (and would be an appropriate use of the rainy day fund).  Senator Bob Hall lays out his version of the bill below:



Highlights:

  • Congress and the military has known about this for four decades.
  • When the military takes positive action to do something, it shows they're scared.
  • EMP's are an inexpensive way for various Global bad guys to do the most damage.
  • Even absent an EMP, a hardened electrical grid would be good economically because it protects against weather related power outages.
  • Fiscal note on the bill is only $3 million.
  • Sadly, the Feds are "schizophrenic" on this issue; the utilities are not preparing themselves.
  • Even if a foreign enemy does nothing, a natural EMP blast is inevitable.
Kevin Freeman has a lot more here.

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Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Troy Fraser: (512) 463-0124

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