Clinton is focused on the wrong threat

Hillary Clinton speaks in Des Moines about solar panels. (AP photo)

Hillary Clinton is in a corral with a charging bull but worries there might be a mouse on the loose.

In a speech in Des Moines, the text of which was emailed to supporters, Clinton called climate change “one of the most urgent threats of our time, and we have no choice but to rise and meet it.” To do this she proposed putting solar panels on every house in the country. “Not some homes. Not most homes. Every home in America.”

This trillion-dollar expenditure of our money is intended to stop the planet from warming 1 or 2 degrees over the next century.

Meanwhile, there is a little issue that has not been recognized by any presidential candidate and darned few lawmakers — the threat of electromagnetic pulse or EMP, which could be caused by a solar flare or a high-altitude nuclear detonation.

Former Central Intelligence Agency Director R. James Woolsey recently testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, warning that EMP is “a clear and present danger and that something must be done to protect the electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures — immediately.”

While Clinton’s solar panels would cost trillions, hardening the grid to protect against EMP would cost only a couple of billion.

Woolsey, now the chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, testified:

“Continued inaction by Washington will make inevitable a natural or manmade EMP catastrophe that, as the Congressional EMP Commission warned, could kill up to 90 percent of the national population through starvation, disease, and societal collapse. Indeed, some actions taken by the Congress, the White House and the federal bureaucracy are impeding solutions, making the nation more vulnerable, and helping the arrival of an EMP catastrophe.”

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is prattling on about how she will: “Transform our grid to give Americans more control over the energy they produce and consume.”

If there is a grid to transform, she would make it far more difficult to maintain, because solar power is intermittent and fluctuates with every passing cloud, much less nightfall.

But it would certainly line the pockets of some here biggest supporters. According to the Washington Examiner, some of the largest solar contractors in the country — First Solar, NRG Energy and SolarCity, to name a few — have financial ties to the Clintons.

Clinton also pointed out one of the biggest problems with her solar panel proposal, and that is other countries are not cutting their carbon outputs and are in fact increasing the use of cheaper coal.

“We also have to mobilize an unprecedented global commitment to reduce carbon emissions around the world,” she said. “And I know firsthand from my time as Secretary of State that America’s ability to lead the world on this issue hinges on our commitment to act ourselves. No country will fall in line just because we tell them to. They need to see us taking significant steps of our own.”

That’ll bring them on board.

Priorities, priorities.

EMP illustration

 

 

 

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23 comments on “Clinton is focused on the wrong threat

  1. nyp says:

    “EMP” is crazy, wingnut stuff.

  2. Bruce Feher says:

    You are right Tom!

  3. nyp says:

    A clown commission run by members of the defense industry who would like the taxpayers to pay billions more to the defense industry.

  4. Hardening the grid does not profit the defense industry.

  5. Rincon says:

    I totally agree with you about EMP Thomas. I”m not so sure about what Hillary said though. I’m finding that she promises 500 million panels, not panels for every home in America. She does promise to put us on a path towards renewable energy for every home. Have I missed something here?.

    Even if your trillions figure is correct, it would be perhaps 1/4 the cost of our recent misadventures in the Mideast with far greater benefit.

  6. Vernon Clayson says:

    The first step this dreadful tired old bat should take is off the stage, and take the dreary old socialist Sanders with her. The Democrats have a little over a year to dredge up another candidate, their best bet would be to get RINO Jeb Bush to change parties, he’s half way there already.

  7. Steve says:

    This story tells it well. And it refers to the same report Tom links. The relevant portion is on page 115 of the report. Vehicles are Jalopniks specialty.
    http://jalopnik.com/5937778/how-to-prepare-your-car-to-handle-an-emp-and-why-you-shouldnt-bother

    In 2013 RF Safe Stop built a (truck bed sized) functional mobile version of its EMP based device.
    http://www.policeone.com/police-products/Pursuit-Management-Technology/articles/6755618-Vehicle-mounted-device-disables-car-electronics-at-50-meters/
    But they really haven’t done much since.
    http://www.e2v.com/products/rf-power/rf-safe-stop/?en=1

    All in all, I would say, from a vehicle standpoint, you have more to worry about from OnStar (they have the ability to stop the engine if your car is reported stolen,,what to stop someone from hacking that?) and (the well documented hackable) UConnect http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hackers-remotely-kill-jeep-highway/
    And even locally we have seen reports of people using scanners to copy the key fob on your dining table and using that code to open the car in your driveway!

    EMP is possible but it also suffers from propagation. The further from the epicenter (transmitter) the weaker the effects…and the resulting damage.

  8. nyp says:

    “A tired old bat”

  9. Pretty much…I would have said bitch…but that’s splitting hairs.

  10. Nyp says:

    I am sure you would have called her that.

  11. Steve says:

    the description is accurate…just watch and listen to her heated response when she said those infamous words ….”what difference does it make”…..

    Yup, bitch fits, like a glove and she wears it with blatant audacity.

  12. nyp says:

    I have no doubt that that is how Republicans refer to women in positions of authority.

  13. Rincon says:

    Don’t bother, nyp. They’re telling you more about themselves than they are about Hillary.

  14. I guess we could be polite and call her the female Brian Williams…

  15. Steve says:

    Condoleezza Rice would have a few things to say about your opinion Nyp.

  16. nyp says:

    I am sure the Condolezza Rice would object to calling female politicians “bitches” and “old bats.”

  17. So might we surmise that you two (you know who you are) were also ardent defenders of Sarah Palin…when she was in the midst of disgusting attacks from the rabid left?

  18. Rincon says:

    A rose – or a skunk – by any other name…

  19. Steve says:

    If the “bitch” fits…

  20. nyp says:

    I would never call Sarah Palin a “bitch” or an “old bat,” and I would think less of anyone who did.

  21. Rincon says:

    You wouldn’t think less of me if I called her a dope, would you? Accuracy should count for something!

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