WaPo Laughs at EMPs

I was heartened to read last week that finally an elected official has recognized the grave danger of EMPs and taken action to protect our nation.

An Electromagnetic Pulse from a hostile player could knock out power to Americans and it would take a long time to restore it. It’s a method that fries all electronics. You could be driving a car and an EMP attack hit and the car would stop and be irreparable. Similarly, if you were in a plane, it would fall from the sky. People would be left without heat or cooling, refrigeration, lights, etc. Hospitals would not be able to operate. And the repairs to the electrical grid could not be done quickly. In fact, many of the parts would have to be specially made in a process that could take years.

What this means is that many of us would die. Estimates suggest 90%. It would take us back to the 1800s. Most of us are not prepared to deal with life that way.

President Trump has taken action. He issued an executive order demanding the government “foster sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective approaches to improving the Nation’s resilience to the effects of EMPs.”

The order states that the government “shall engage in risk-informed planning, prioritize research and development (R&D) to address the needs of critical infrastructure stakeholders, and, for adversarial threats, consult Intelligence Community assessments.”

The Blaze says,

It directs that the private sector be involved in modernization, including the privately owned electrical grids overseen by utilities, that the government create protocols for providing warning of natural or man-made surges, and come up with department by department assessments.

It further orders that in one year, the assessments of threat and vulnerability be prepared. In short, it directs both research and assessment of the potential hazards.

But,

As with any action taken by President Trump, the Washington Post immediately had an opinion article masquerading as a science report that sniffed at the President’s rube-level concern over the silly notion that the United States protect its infrastructure and assets.

“Should you worry?” the headline asks. “Nah,” answers the subheading.

The article, labeled as an “analysis” piece, begins with pointing out that the EMP is part of the plot in a James Bond movie. “President Trump believes the danger of an EMP is not just a Hollywood plot device,” it reads. It goes on to discuss the complications and deterrents against a military use of an EMP against the United States, including that it would involve a potential nuclear retaliation from the United States.

The article addresses the idea of a terrorist EMP attack by saying that most governments have “reasons not to give nuclear weapons to terrorists,” and that, if a terrorist had a nuclear weapon, would they really use it though?

Oddly, it goes on to say that there is the real threat of electromagnetic disruption from nature. They do not point out that the executive order expressly lists the danger of “naturally occurring” pulses among the rationale for hardening and modernizing the infrastructure. It conceded that working to “better understand” the hazards involved, which again is expressly the purpose of the order, is probably worth pursuing.

“Will Trump’s executive order help accomplish this?” they ask. “Perhaps,” they answer themselves.

“But the burden of proof remains on the administration to demonstrate whether taxpayer dollars invested in resilience are worth taking away from other national policy priorities,” they conclude. It doesn’t list what the other “policy priorities” are but, judging by the tone and content of the article, one can safely assume those other objectives are something straight off the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wishlist.

This is the same thinking that didn’t foresee 9/11, the immigration problem or Pearl Harbor.

I would much prefer tax dollars be spent on hardening our grid than on fairytale Green New Deal environmentalism. There is a clear danger here no matter what the WaPo says.

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