SHIELD Act: A Kink in our Armor – US Electrical Grids in Danger: Get SHIELD HR668 Moving

Congressman Trent Franks’ (R-AZ) H.R. 668 calls for protecting America’s electrical grids from electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The legislation is known as The SHIELD Act. “SHIELD” is an acronym for “Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage.” If you’ve ever given a thought to how you retrieve funds from your bank, either from inside the lobby or from and ATM, in the event of a major attack on our electrical grids – when everything automated and computerized goes down, then you know why this is important legislation. And there are consequences far beyond my somewhat minor example above, as you will clearly see in the video below. The Bill went to the House Energy and Commerce, and House Budget Committees in February 2011. It’s just sitting there with 41 co-sponsors, 4 of whom are Democrats.  According to Obama’s criteria, that would be uber-bipartisan.

It is important to note that electromagnetic pulses come not exclusively from nuclear detonations high above earth’s surface, but can occur naturally. Before getting to some explanation of how untenable an EMP will be for us – for many, many years, I noticed this on Congressman Franks website today:

an announcement of approval of  “Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Electric Reliability.”

 …will ensure America’s power companies are able to comply with Department of Energy emergency orders to maintain grid reliability without facing penalties for violating potentially conflicting environmental laws.

So we have approved “maintain[ing] grid reliability” to comply with the DOE, to avoid environmental missteps, when the truth is, if and when an EMP happens, we can maintain exactly nothing, and “environmental laws” will be blown to hell.

In 2010, a similar Bill passed the House with a voice vote, but Rep. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) helped kill it. She supported the Democrat Clean Energy Bill.

After reading the following and watching the video, help us reach out to House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI). Ask him to bring this legislation out, dust it off and move it forward. See a list of Committee members here. If you are from Michigan you can phone and email Upton and probably get through. If not, Tweet to @RepFredUpton.

Trent Franks:

“The threat of an electromagnetic pulse weapon represents the single greatest asymmetric capability that could fall into the hands of America’s enemies. Should a nuclear weapon from a rogue state such as Iran be detonated in Earth’s atmosphere at a sufficient height above the continental United States, the blast of electromagnetic energy could immediately cripple America’s electric power grid. Currently, the vast majority of the United States’ infrastructure is unsecured and exposed.

“According to some experts, just one properly placed EMP blast could disable so large a swath of American technology that between 70-90% of the United States’ population could become unsustainable.”The danger posed by electromagnetic pulse weapons, as well as naturally occurring electromagnetic pulses, has received increased attention over recent years from organizations including NASA, the National Association of Scientists, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The Congressional EMP Caucus is a bipartisan effort to bring much-needed Congressional attention to what has amounted, to this point, to a considerable blind spot in our national security.

“In an effort to proactively address this blind spot concerning the danger of EMP, I have introduced H.R. 668, the SHIELD Act, which would secure the most critical components of America’s electrical infrastructure against the threat posed by a potentially catastrophic electromagnetic pulse.”

The following information came via email from Hank Cooper, via Jim Simpson. Cooper worked on the framework of Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and was the Director of Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO) in the G.H.W. Bush administration.

Iran or other rogue states can bring the United States to its knees by detonating a low-kiloton yield nuclear warhead above the U.S. to produce a powerful electromagnetic pulse (EMP). The EMP could destroy electronic devices across the country. It could cause the collapse of the national electric grid and other critical infrastructures that sustain our modern economy and the lives of 300 million americans. Soon after an EMP event, there could be a substantial impact on communications, transportation, industry, food and water supplies…

The Sun can also cause an electronic apocalypse by means of a great geomagnetic storm. This is a rare but periodic phenomenon, last of which [happened] in 1859 called the the “Carrington Event.” If a great geomagnetic storm like the Carrington Event happens today, electric grids and life-sustaining critical infrastructures could collapse everywhere on Earth.

Many scientists are concerned that the world is overdue for another Carrington Event, which could recur during the next solar maximum. The next solar maximum is only months away and will commence in December 201 and last through 2013…

The Task Force on National and Homeland Security was established by the Congressional EMP Caucus in November 2011 to inform Americans of these threats by educating bureaucrats in Washington who have left our nation vulnerable.

The Task Force has a plan, designed by the EMP Commission that would quickly and at reasonable cost protect our critical infrastructures, our nation and our families.

HR 668 at GovTrack and at OpenCongress

 Infidel Bloggers Alliance wrote about EMP when the Bill was first introduced. You’ll find some of the scenarios interesting (as in…your hair might curl). 

Don’t forget to contact Congressman Upton @RepFredUpton and @RepTrentFranks.

The graphic is courtesy of Dan Eden at ViewPoint. An interesting article goes with it. It’s worth a read. Here’s one quote:

EMP: The Worst Weapon You Will Ever Survive

EMP Armageddon (video)

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  • Hmmm, I’m not sure about this…

    • Norm, do you feel there is a problem with the legislation?

  • dan’l

    wouldn’t a 70%-90% population loss fit right in with the current “sustainability” plans of our would be green dictators?

    • dan’l, sure would but there would be nothing “green” left.

  • The Saw

    One of the scariest books I have ever read is One Second After by William R. Forstchen. . It is a book that will never leave you. The scariest part is that it is highly plausible.

    After all the hurricanes, tornado’s, blizzards, floods, and other natural disasters this country has endured you would think it would be a no brainer to pass the SHIELD bill. W/out electricity we are done. Nothing will work, absolutely nothing. I was a party once where one of the guests was an intuitive. We were all hanging out having a good time and someone brought up the war, this was early in 2003. I don’t remember who said what but I remember the lady saying “they will bring our country down through the electrical grid”. Ya had to be there, but it sent chills down my spine. Most were saying it will never happen etc. Yeah? Well, who would have thought airplanes would have flown in to the Towers? Everyone’s mindset was thinking on conventional war because we had just gone into Iraq. It wasn’t until years later when I read One Second After did I fully comprehend what she was talking about. Just one of those moments I will never forget.