In 2009 the DHS commissioned a report into the threats posed by space weather. The fact that they did this is not surprising, we would all prefer that the government actually did something sensible like protect their citizens from the impact of CME’s, flares and such like.
The report was published in November 2011 and it states quite clearly on the documentation page that it’s an unclassified report that has been approved for unlimited public release.
With something that can impact millions of people in the US alone it’s amazing that few people have heard that such a report exists.
There are 22 nuclear reactors in the North-Eastern US, could that be the reason that the report is well buried? Or is it because after incidents like Katrina and Sandy the government proved over and over it couldn’t cope? Both of those examples were very, very small in comparison to having 130,000,000 people without power.
It’s a very comprehensive report; excellent reading if you’re into that kind of thing, but even if you’re not I suggest you look at section 4.3 of the document. Here’s a taster:
- More than 300 EHV transformers destroyed.
- 130 million people lacking power for several years until damaged high-voltage transformers are replaced.
- 1-2 trillion dollars of economic loss.
The scenario is based on the ionospheric electrojet centred at 50 degrees North…which is around Lakewoods County Minnesota. It makes very scary reading.
You can read the full report here.
Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple, where this article first appeared. Wake the flock up!