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Map – Areas Of Probable Power System Collapse: “130 Million Lacking Power For Several Years”
Freedom Outpost ^ | December 22, 2013 | Mac Slavo

Posted on 12/23/2013 8:58:24 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In just the last twelve months Congressional members and top level administrators at the Department of Homeland Security have warned of threats to the national power grid so serious that should they occur life in America as we have come to know it would change almost instantly.

Former DHS head Janet Napolitano, in a letter to her successor, advised that “a massive and serious cyber attack” on the US Homeland is imminent and that a “natural disaster — the likes of which the nation has never seen — is also likely on its way.” This was followed up by a comment from House Homeland Security Committee senior member Yvette Clarke (D-NY) who noted that, “the likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%.”

Couple those threats with the realistic possibility of a rogue or state-sponsored attack on America by way of a super electro-magnetic pulse weapon, and the odds of a widespread American Blackout increase dramatically.

With our complete dependence on the power grid to maintain the regular flow of commerce, communications, and emergency services, even a short-term grid-down event could lead to serious consequences.

According to a report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security which cites data from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the infrastructure supporting our power grid is so outdated and vulnerable that an attack or natural disaster could lead to an outage scenario of unprecedented scale.

If you live in or around any of these areas you can expect a societal breakdown within 72 hours or less – and with traffic systems inoperable and roadways likely jammed, there’ll likely be no way out.

(Excerpt) Read more at freedomoutpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet; Food; Government; Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: blackout; collapse; electric; emp; powergrid; preppers; shtf; solarevent
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To: Mortrey
I read it and it sounds like total BS. Take this quote, for example: He revealed only that the man who shared this information, “is one of America’s foremost military heroes,” suggesting the source is a public figure.

Now I'm not normally the skeptical type but it doesn't make a lot of sense that one of America's foremost military heroes (and, just to keep it semi-logical, also a patriot who loves his country) wouldn't be brave enough to speak out on such a vital subject in public rather than leaking it to a blogger then going into hiding. Anyone who believes this needs the antennas on their tinfoil hat adjusted.

51 posted on 12/24/2013 5:52:54 AM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Darksheare
Also recall some claiming it was “impossible” to attack the power grid.

Twenty teams...or cells. Five per team. Each assigned to a geographical area so the whole of the East Coast is covered. One hundred men.

Two men on each team have become proficient with a .308 rifle and scope. They scout the power sub stations in the area.

The entire operation is coordinated by cell phone. When the "Go" signal is received from a central coordinator, each team puts several rounds into the transformers at these stations. Within minutes, the whole of the East Coast is in the dark for a decade.

52 posted on 12/24/2013 6:35:39 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, but learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Any more reason needed to have your state with the capability of removing itself from the grid and supplying local power to customers.

There would be some states severely in the toilet, but others with a net surplus. Finding out who right now would be important.

...knowing that one of the more important power producers in your area had already shut down seven that’s right seven coal fired power plants up to fifteen years early that’s right fifteen years early to avoid problems, not with outages, no, problems with the terrorist at the EPA.

...and if this isn’t a manufactured crises by the terrorists in DC I’ll be really surprised. Time for an all FR PING


53 posted on 12/24/2013 6:35:58 AM PST by wita
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
This article is total nonsense. It makes the assumption that every single one of these 130 million people are so dumb that they would just sit at home and starve to death if the power went out.

Some regions can produce more power than they need, some produce less. In the event that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these connecting transformers FAILED COMPLETELY there would still remain the generating capacity. The regions capable of producing more than they need could simply cut back to produce only what they need. The regions not capable of producing all that need could still produce all that they could, and provide rolling blackouts to make up the difference. It would be inconvenient, but hardly life threatening.

There is simply no scenario where every single transformer, and every single generator in the US gets simultaneously fried, incapable of repair. Never discount the ingenuity of man.

54 posted on 12/24/2013 6:47:34 AM PST by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Mortrey

This buffoon believes that DHS is going to initiate a false flag operation...by creating an earthquake in the New Madrid fault area with their new Earthquake Ray Gun? Riiiiight.


55 posted on 12/24/2013 6:48:45 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, but learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Kartographer; blam; JRandomFreeper; Lazamataz
The most likely scenario is one of our enemies corrupting the internet. That will shut down everything and it will be instant. You won't get a warning, just suddenly you are isolated. You could get in your car and go to the grocery store and find chaos already there as credit cards don't work. Nothing works. What you have is what you have stored and maybe you have food plants growing in a garden. Maybe you have a generator and some fuel for it but that won't last long and you can't buy anymore.

And, your Obamacare insurance card is worthless - oh, wait, it's already worthless.

56 posted on 12/24/2013 8:05:08 AM PST by Marcella ((Prepping can save your life today. I am a Christian, not a Muslim.))
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To: Williams
Do I need to finish this article? It’s pure bullcrap. Society does not collapse after 72 hours without power.

I live outside of Washington, D.C. Two and a half years ago we had a sudden windstorm, a "derecho," that took out power for several days. People who didn't have a full tank of gas couldn't get out of the area because the gas stations weren't working and the DC Metro wasn't running--and besides, many roads were blocked by fallen trees or by accidents that had taken place in the absence of traffic lights. There was no way to get money out of your bank or buy food. The stores began throwing meat and produce away after their generators ran out of fuel. In my pretty doctors-and-lawyers neighborhood, groups of young men of different racial and ethnic groups began roaming up and down the street. I assume they were not looking for friends to come out and have a beer with them; they were strangers and they looked like trouble. It was hot. People who weren't used to living without air conditioning were angry and got into fights. The cops were too overwhelmed to respond. People who needed medication could not get it.

This is what happened after a very short period, only a few days, with the promise of near-term restoration of power. What do you think it would be like if the whole grid went down for a prolonged period, with no promise that it would ever be restored? Watching this event, and the previous one we called "Snowmaggeddon" when I had no power for five days, is what made me a prepper. Twice in just a few years--yes, it makes you think. Or it should.

57 posted on 12/24/2013 8:38:01 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: spokeshave

>> “Problem is that the main transformers would be fried.....no spares” <<

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A misperception at best.

You would likely be astounded at how much back-up hardware PG&E has stockpiled in hundreds of locations, and if you believe that they leave their transformers completely unprotected, you would be quite wrong.

Actually, EMP is not a great threat to transformers, but to intelligent switching devices. The lines and transformers are more like the antennas that direct the damage.

Long transmission lines, even if switched out, generate tremendous EMF just from swinging in the wind, and can sometimes even arc across an open switch during a wind storm, which is why out of service lines are often grounded at both ends.


58 posted on 12/24/2013 8:48:46 AM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Nik Naym

What do you mean? Didn’t they light up the War of 1812 battle fields like a night football game?

If a bird lands on the wires here, we lose electricity but according to the map we have nothing to worry about.


59 posted on 12/24/2013 8:50:30 AM PST by bgill
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To: spokeshave

Last time they intentionally shut the power off to avoid too much use during a winter storm, they blew transformers when they were turned back on. Doesn’t give me too much confidence in them getting anything working very quickly in a major fail.


60 posted on 12/24/2013 8:54:24 AM PST by bgill
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
According to the original report:

Red and green circles indicate magnitudes of GIC into and out of transformers from the ground.

From the JASON (advisory group)document, "Impacts of Severe Space Weather on the Electric Grid", Page 58.

a PDF document from the MITRE Corporation.

61 posted on 12/24/2013 9:18:01 AM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: JRandomFreeper
"Not for long. People are clever."

Yep...a hand operated pump and some tools.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

62 posted on 12/24/2013 9:24:51 AM PST by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In the first map, I could not make out the key to what the green blobs and the red blobs are defining. Do you know?


63 posted on 12/24/2013 9:28:15 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: norwaypinesavage
This article is total nonsense. It makes the assumption that every single one of these 130 million people are so dumb that they would just sit at home and starve to death if the power went out.

2008 and 2012 proved that 60 Million people in the USA are just that stupid, and worse.

Another 60 Million are almost that bad.

People in the USA are just stupid, stupid, stupid; fully programmed to compete, but rarely, if ever, to cooperate.

80% of the population live in or around the big cities. That 80% will be practically non-existent within a couple weeks of any major disruption in truck traffic.

People living more than a three-day walk from a major population area, with a couple of months supply of water, food, and firewood would probably be OK.

64 posted on 12/24/2013 9:29:01 AM PST by meadsjn
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To: Alas Babylon!; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for clarification on the red and green blobs!


65 posted on 12/24/2013 9:37:56 AM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: wku man
I just happen to have a hand pump and some tools. I've even got brass, no-spark tools. ;)

/johnny

66 posted on 12/24/2013 9:38:58 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Great minds think alike.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

67 posted on 12/24/2013 10:33:18 AM PST by wku man (It's almost deer season, got your DEERGOGGLES on yet? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexrnFq2fXY)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

That would be one way of doing it.


68 posted on 12/24/2013 10:39:30 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Williams

Full blown urban warfare will begin well before 72 hours. Gangs in place will not face effective opposition from city government without outside support available. Easy recruitment will expand the ranks quickly.


69 posted on 12/24/2013 10:39:36 AM PST by Ozark Tom
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To: Ozark Tom

true


70 posted on 12/24/2013 10:41:37 AM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: Mortrey

What is this Common Sense Show? Any good?


71 posted on 12/24/2013 10:45:22 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“The core of our grid – what makes it tick – are the transformers that pass power from one node to the next. These often weigh in the hundreds of tons. Most are no longer produced in the United States, so any damage would require the importation of parts or complete units from China.”

From China.

You know what the difference is between the Boy Scouts and the US Government?

The Boy Scouts had adult leadership for decades.


72 posted on 12/24/2013 10:47:17 AM PST by dsc (Any attempt to move a government to the left is a crime against humanity.)
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To: riri

Caught it online for the first time on Sunday (Dec. 22)

Hodges was interviewing Jim Garrows (runs Pink Pagoda Girls that rescues young girls from death and abortion in China)and I could barely leave the room to do some chores, he was so fascinating. Among many other topics, he discussed Gatlinburg, TN and Idaho as pertains to an influx of foreigners into the population, and he excoriated Obama; spelled out Obama’s a “plant”—a Manchurian candidate—spoke of Obama’s other half brother who resides in China.

Garrows was asked some questions by Hodges he said he couldn’t comment on...(said he had his lawyer with him at one point.)

I would love to try to download the interview and copy to CD; haven’t heard any other broadcasts on that site, but will definately check them out, if this interview is any indication of what they cover.


73 posted on 12/24/2013 11:30:23 AM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Darksheare
True.

My thoughts are about those of limited intelligence who think toilet paper is a marvel from allah and who would do us harm.

74 posted on 12/24/2013 11:31:06 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts ("Gun horror is not a productive emotion, but learned helplessness disguised as moral superiority.")
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Local transformer stations near me are vulnerable to such “minor” things as, oh, fire.
Moonrock worshippers would use fire as well.
One is vulnerable to vehicle entry.
And another can be looked down on from a building nearby.
It’s sick.


75 posted on 12/24/2013 11:35:51 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Mortrey
Yeah, me too. I am in bed recovering from a flu that has thoroughly and completely kicked my ass. (I have my tin foil hat on regarding that too ;)

Reading through the article and comments. Some scary ideas that weren't even on my radar. And that is saying something.

76 posted on 12/24/2013 11:51:52 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: riri

Listen on Sunday night to Hodges—although I can’t imagine it being as riveting as on the 22nd!

Hope you feel better soon!

Merry Christmas and let’s ALL pray for a Happier New Year!!


77 posted on 12/24/2013 12:13:05 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Funniest damn thing I ever saw:

My home is the rally point for several widow women (affectionately known as “the Q-Tips”) in case of hurricane.

One time, during a power outage associated with tropical storms, I woke up to get ready for night shift. When I got down stairs, what do I see but whole pack of Q-Tips, huddled around and staring intently at one lonely cyalume sitting on an upside down pail.

Lord, I wish I had owned an Iphone that night.


78 posted on 12/24/2013 12:13:54 PM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: papertyger
I'm not sure I'd admit on a public forum that my home was a 'rally point for widder wimmens'.

You have to admit, it raises questions.... ;)

/johnny

79 posted on 12/24/2013 12:49:14 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t get it ...it seems like all it would take would be about 5 guys per state taking out substations by using shotguns and/or aluminum foil strips on mylar balloons. I’m surprised nobody has done it yet.


80 posted on 12/24/2013 12:52:09 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: JRandomFreeper
You have to admit, it raises questions.... ;)

It's a question of efficiency.

It's either that, or my live-in MIL volunteering my ass all across the county to "make sure Mrs. So-n-so is alright" :o)

81 posted on 12/24/2013 1:04:22 PM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

bookmark


82 posted on 12/24/2013 3:09:22 PM PST by Faith65 (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior!)
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To: Mortrey

God help us.


83 posted on 12/24/2013 5:40:13 PM PST by TEXOKIE (We must surrender only to our Holy God and never to the evil that has befallen us.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Link to the full-text Free Republic thread.

84 posted on 12/24/2013 8:47:14 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Williams

uh does the name Katrina mean antying to you?

It didn’t take 72 hours for looting to happen in New orleans, now imagine if the power went out, and STAYED out. They’re killing each other there now like it’s free, and the power is still on.


85 posted on 12/24/2013 8:50:57 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Shadowstrike

Oh did New Orleans cease to exist? I missed it. How about Hiroshima and Nagasaki did they ever rebuild?


86 posted on 12/24/2013 9:11:44 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

Two men on each team have become proficient with a .308 rifle and scope.

And these two can act as snipers and keep repair crews at bay....


87 posted on 12/25/2013 6:22:05 AM PST by rfreedom4u (Your feelings don't trump my free speech!)
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To: Williams
you know what I meant.

As for Japan, aren't they irradiated from fukushima now?

And actually Hiroshima and Nagasaki didn't rebuild themselves.

AMERICA rebuilt them.

88 posted on 12/25/2013 8:35:30 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: Mortrey

I have listened to several hours of the archives lying here ill and it’s pretty good stuff. Thanks for turning me on to it. Certainly helping to pass the sick days away. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas!


89 posted on 12/26/2013 1:08:16 PM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

How far would be a safe distance from a danger zone?


90 posted on 01/11/2014 5:27:39 PM PST by cradle of freedom
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