WASHINGTON – The White House recently released a document it bills as a plan to be implemented in the event a massive electromagnetic pulse from a solar storm wipes out the national electric grid system, according to a new report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
But a renowned EMP expert, Peter Vincent Pry, says it’s not really a plan in the typical sense of actually accomplishing something.
“It is a plan to develop a plan to protect the nation from space weather,” said Pry.
Pry is a former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency and currently executive director of the congressional advisory Task Force on National and Homeland Security and the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum.
“The ‘action’ in the ‘National Space Weather Action’ is to do numerous studies, before taking any real action that would protect the national power grid,” Pry told G2Bulletin.
He observed that “federal scientific and research bureaucracies, like NASA and NOAA, make their living by doing studies.”
In the 38-page report, the White House outlined a proposal to enhance national space-weather preparedness by coordinating, integrating and expanding existing policy efforts. The so-called action plan calls for more studies stretching over a one-to-three year period, requiring nationwide participation of federal, state and local governments and emergency agencies, the insurance industry and non-profit organizations.
It proposes a six-step plan to prepare for grid failure along with a call for improved space-weather prediction capabilities. It proposes an “all-hazards” power-outage response and recovery plan, assessing the vulnerability of critical infrastructures to EMP, developing a real-time infrastructure to report damage, helping industry develop a long-term reduction of EMP vulnerability and promoting international collaboration to plan for a potential global catastrophe from a massive solar storm hitting earth.
An EMP is a high-intensity burst of electromagnetic energy caused by the rapid acceleration of highly charged particles. The particles are so powerful and super-charged that they can knock out or completely fry any unprotected electronics or electrical systems, depending on the intensity.
Electromagnetic energy can include gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet radiation, infrared radiation, radio waves and microwaves.
A direct EMP, whether from a solar storm or a manmade high-altitude nuclear explosion, can destroy the already vulnerable grid and unguarded electronic components over a wide geographical area.
Within a year of its strike, such an EMP could kill up to 90 percent of the affected population, according to estimates of NASA and the National Science Foundation.
“The White House owes the American people not more studies, but concrete actions to protect the grid – now,” Pry said.