(Commentary by G. Edward Griffin.)
The topic of this
is about as serious as it gets:
We are talking about
the probability ‒ astronomers call it the inevitability ‒ of the
Earth being slammed by a mega solar flare. This is not the kind we read about in
our newspapers every few months that merely interrupts communications and
creates light shows in
the Northern skies. We are talking about their big
brothers that are hundreds and even thousands of times more powerful. These
monsters deliver enough electromagnetic energy to completely blow apart the
master transformers at generating plants that supply the planet's energy grids.
If that happens, the lights go out and stay out for longer than anyone
wants to even think about.
chaos that would ensue ‒ no light, no water from pipes, no appliances,
communications, gas pumps, transportation, food in grocery stores, fire-fighting, banking services, medical services, police protection ‒ you get the
idea. It has been estimated that eighty to ninety percent of the population, especially in cities and
towns, would perish.
high-end X-Class solar storms don't hit the Earth very often, only about every
150 years, on average. But unfortunately, the last one arrived 156
years ago, which means that, statistically, we are overdue.
When the last one
occurred ‒ it was called the Carrington Event ‒ power grids did not exist.
However, the telegraph was coming into use then. The energy from the Carrington
Event was picked up by telegraph cables, fried the wires, burned some of the poles, and
set fire to equipment.
astronomers have seen solar flares 10,000 times stronger than the Carrington
The electronics in modern power systems are much more
delicate than in telegraph systems, and the multi-million-mile expanse of wires
in power grids constitutes a much more efficient antenna system to capture
It is the understatement of the century to say that we have been warned.
"It would literally paralyze all the United States, not just for a
day or an hour, but for months to years."
Michio Kaku, Professor of Theoretical Physics, City College of New
"Severe geomagnetic storms have the potential to cause
long-duration outages to widespread areas of the North American
~~ North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the US
Department of Energy, High Impact, Low Frequency Event Risks to the
North American Bulk Power System (June, 2010)
Summary: Eventually, possibly within the next decade, Earth will
be hit by a solar burst that will knock out the world's power grids
for months or years.
~~ Severe Space Weather Events: Understanding Societal & Economic
Impacts, December 2008, National Academy of Sciences in
collaboration with NASA
HOW NAIVE WE WERE
When we began research for this documentary we naively thought it was our
mission to inform government and industry leaders about the need to protect the
grid, but we were in for a shock. After further research, we discovered that
everything we were hoping to bring to the attention of these people already
was known to them. The public may have been in the dark (pun intended), but
government and industry officials have known about this for nearly two decades.
In fact, we learned that some of them have taken steps to insure that they will
survive what they consider to be an inevitable apocalypse, but they are doing
nothing to protect the rest of us.
The second shock was to learn that the same damage could be caused by the
detonation of an EMP weapon in space and that many of the people who are responsible for protecting
the grid from solar storms and EMPs publicly pretend that there is nothing to worry about.
This documentary shows that such
assurances are not even close to the truth, and that pretended preparedness has
become the most serious aspect of the problem. If those we trust to protect us
are trying to cover up their failure or even if they are just trying to avert
public panic, either way we are woefully unprotected
‒ while our rendezvous with
the sun (or an EMP) is inexorably approaching.
There have been numerous documentaries and books on
the vulnerability of the power grid, but all of them have uncritically accepted
the assumption that government and industry are doing everything possible to
protect us. No one has had the courage to challenge that assumption
‒ until now.
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