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

 

 

 

Obama dallies with digital delivery details and ignores serious threat to the nation

The problem with Obama isn’t just that he can’t solve problems, but that he can’t figure out what the real problems are.

Like when he called ISIS the JV team.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Obama is attacking government problems with a U.S. Digital Service — a sort of SWAT team of “our country’s brightest digital talent”— who will now roam the electronic passages of government spreading “best practices” and “customer-focused government” with “exceptional service delivery.”

Never mind that the problem isn’t corrupt data, but corrupt bureaucrats who created those phony VA waiting lists and lost Lois Lerner’s emails and botched the ObamaCare rollout.

But nearby that WSJ editorial is a column that points out how, while Obama is focusing on a gnat, he is ignoring an anvil that could fall at any time — electromagnetic pulse.

James Woolsey, chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former director of the CIA, and Peter Pry,  author of “Electric Armageddon,” point out the damage EMP could cause and how easy and cheap it would be to avoid the problem.

Pry previously testified before Congress that an EMP event could wipe out 90 percent of America’s population by interrupting the electronics on which we depend for food, water, power, hospitals and transportation.

All it would take is for some lunatic rogue nation or even a terrorist to detonate a relatively small nuclear device in the atmosphere over the heartland of America. It would release an electromagnetic pulse that would virtually shut down all technology. Or it could be from a natural event such as a solar flare like the 1859 Carrington Event or 1921 Railroad Storm.

What to do, Woolsey and Pry ask? And answer:

Surge arrestors, faraday cages and other devices that prevent EMP from damaging electronics, as well micro-grids that are inherently less susceptible to EMP, have been used by the Defense Department for more than 50 years to protect crucial military installations and strategic forces. These can be adapted to protect civilian infrastructure as well. The cost of protecting the national electric grid, according to a 2008 EMP Commission estimate, would be about $2 billion — roughly what the U.S. gives each year in foreign aid to Pakistan.

Obama has signed an executive order to guard “critical infrastructure” against cyberattacks, but has expressed no concern about the rest of our vulnerable infrastructure.

But a year ago, Rep. Trent Franks, R., Ariz., and Rep. Yvette Clark, D., N.Y., introduced the Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage — the Shield Act, of course. But the bill is stalled in committee.

Obama blathers about digital delivery but ignores a serious threat that could be so cheaply eliminated.

“What is lacking in Washington is a sense of urgency,” the article concludes. “Lawmakers and the administration need to move rapidly to build resilience into our electric grid and defend against an EMP attack that could deliver a devastating blow to the U.S. economy and the American people.”

Radius of EMP effect from a nuclear weapon detonated 300 miles above Nebraska.