Skip to comments.The Congressman Who Went Off the Grid
Posted on 01/04/2014 6:52:52 AM PST by Daffynition
When Roscoe Bartlett was in Congress, he latched onto a particularly apocalyptic issue, one almost no one else ever seemed to talk about: Americas dangerously vulnerable power grid. In speech after late-night speech on the House floor, Bartlett hectored the nearly empty chamber: If the United States doesnt do something to protect the grid, and soon, a terrorist or an act of nature will put an end to life as we know it.
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decentralizing the power grid is the answer
things like gen4’s hyperion power module would solve the problem
That is a nice looking home.
Does “going off the grid” mean that you must keep your chairs on the table?
I take it he is not living in that cabin, he has six cabins on his 156 acres
interestingly the government did a study about an EMP attack, it’s called “report of the commission to assess the threat to the united states from electromagnetic pulse (emp) attack”
unfortunately the report was released the same day as the 9/11 commission report.....so which one got the most attention???
If anyone is interested in reading a thought provoking book about such a thing, try “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen. While the story is fiction, it brought to mind, at least for me, things I hadn’t considered.
What would EMP do to those nice solar panels?
Good for him, yet he is but one of multi millions who could even afford to go off the grid and buy these things on a government salary.
The rest of us are being herded like sheep to the slaughter by the some 600 evil peoples who make laws in DC that make themselves richer while the country and people are being slaughtered day by day.
The cruelest and worst enemies of America are the politicians of DC who should have been deported many years ago but the ignorance and greed of American citizens have brought us to this point of no return. Only the return of Christ can save us from the coming evil. Come quickly Lord and Saviour Jesus and be the King of the earth for whom your blood was shed and over whom you will rule for the Kingdom and into eternity! And let your enemies flee before you seven ways.
Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) is responsible for killing legislation in 2010 that would have protected the US power grid from EMP weapons and solar flares. Had the legislation been passed, by today much of the work to shield the grid would have been accomplished.
Perhaps Ms. Murkowski should read the Constitution she swore to defend. National defense is a defined role of the federal government.
“What would EMP do to those nice solar panels?”
Up in smoke, fried crispy critters.
Great book and very though provoking. Every town needs a group to keep the peace, keep food rations on pace, medicines to be rationed especially Insulin...even living in the hills, dear, bear, rabbits and birds will be quickly taken...stripping a food chain out of the picture.
And shoes, never thought about it— have a well stocked supply of boots, shoes, socks...
Recommend everyone read this book.....
glad someone else has read the book. the medicine thing was the real eye opener for me.
Perhaps nothing to the panels, but the inverter electronics and controls wouldn’t fare too well.
It’s a book worth reading, thanks for the link
Chairs on the table is not feng shei. He’ll never sell that cabin that way. He needs to put those chairs on the floor, set the table, and bake cinnamon cookies in the oven.
In California, being entirely off the grid will result in the state government seizing your property.
Here is a good way to stock up on your maintenance meds. Every time you refill them, take 3 out of the bottle and put them away. If your insurance plan allows for 90 days worth, take 10 out and put them away. In no time at all you’ll have a months worth put back.
He is building enough cabins to house his 10 children and his grandchildren if the shtf. I don’t think he wants to sell them
Fry them, and anything else using solid state devices ("chips") to a crisp. This would include all methods of power transmission and voice and other types of communication and virtually all methods of transportation.
Even a lite EMP could devastate the country for six months at least. Imagine having no electric power for anthing. Think about what you'd lose for a few minutes and you'll realize the amount of havoc that would be wreaked.
Farnsworth in number seven above recommended the book "One Second After. Excellent!! Here's a link.
One good effect: an EMP would put the NSA out of business for a long time.
After a snow storm not only do you have to shovel the driveway but then you have to brush the snow off those things........no thanks
Well, I hope that somebody wipes off the table after they take those chairs down — the feet of the chairs on the table surface is highly unsanitary. He may be off the grid, but germs lurk on the floor. His family may have enough food and home generated electricy, but they’ll die of some disease if he does not improve his housekeeping standards! LOL
He’s smart. Thats what we are doing to the mountain retreat. We are going to keep the electric hooked up until the grid goes down then flip the switch and go on solar. All appliances on propane and 2 1000 gallon propane tanks. Wood stove for heat. The solar will run the ceiling fans in the summer. Might get a little sticky but you can acclimate.
thats a good idea, but meds have a shelf life. Do you do a rotation of some kind?
Roscoe Bartlett for President
This guy is a real American
Self sufficient, hard working, always on the move accomplishing things
Compare him to the worthless drug thug we have running his gangsta extortion games on the American public
Indeed I do. But most meds have a shelf life of much longer than the manufacturers recommendations.
I do not recommend freezing most meds (especially not the liquid ones) since some will turn to powder as trace amounts of moisture in them will eventually destroy them, if not simply disintegrating some particular ones with certain compounds necessary for their proper useage.
Fridge also works quite well for battery shelf life, with the same caveats about not freezing them.
Keep your meds in a dark area away from UV rays. Cool temperatures will keep most meds for 10 or more years.
To me, what *off-the-grid* means, is totally self-sufficient; that might mean no running water or propane. Even *someone* knows you are there.............the tax collector in the town. ;(
I consider what Dick Proenneke did/lived was *off-the-grid*. Not meaning to take anything away from the congressman.
vacuum packing might extend it too.
...but how much does that cost? LOL
When Roscoe talks, people should listen.
When Roscoe talks, people should listen!
“What would EMP do to those nice solar panels?”
Nothing. An EMP goes directly into a power line and anything connected to that line fries. Whatever isn’t plugged in isn’t damaged. He isn’t connected to the grid so his panels are fine.
“...he is but one of multi millions who could even afford to go off the grid and buy these things on a government salary.”
It’s a matter of how much money do you have to spend - not a matter of living off the grid. I use the grid because it works - if it stops, I can do without it and have a reasonable standard of living because I planned it that way.
ping to power grid article, discussion.
Hat-tip to Marcella and Tolerance Sucks Rocks for the heads up.
One of the most frightening books I've ever read. The daughter that needed insulin was heart breaking.
Saw this on Drudge, interesting.
If stored properly(dry place - slightly below room temperature), most medications can last WELL past the "expiration date".
“Well, I hope that somebody wipes off the table after they take those chairs down the feet of the chairs on the table surface is highly unsanitary. He may be off the grid, but germs lurk on the floor. His family may have enough food and home generated electricy, but theyll die of some disease if he does not improve his housekeeping standards! LOL”
The house is still under construction. Still vacant. No one lives there yet.
In the picture,he must be still building or remodeling ,there’s a table saw in the other room.
More likely the panels are there because it would cost ten fortunes and a zillion forms and permits to get electricity out there. I don't think he's all that worried about losing power because he has back up plans.
You are right.
I am not a prepper, think it is dumb. I do live simply, think that is a smart strategy.
I have 3 photovoltaic panels, have had them since the early 1980’s. Only use them for unusual circumstances to power radio transmitters.
We also have 2 gasoline welder/power plants. We use them often at the farm.
It's dumb to be prepared?
The left wants to reduce us to scratching a subsistence living on a piece of dirt with a stick. Cave man style.
Over the centuries we have learned how to be more productive, but it is dependent on trading and transportation. The quality of life has improved because of it.
It is NOT a bad thing to be as independent as possible, within reasonable limits.
The solution is to expose and overthrow the leftist scum and get on with our lives. We don't presently seem to be doing a very good job of that. Although our friends here are after them daily.
I admit I have increased my fruit trees, berry bushes and garden size over past 3 years. I admit I have increase my reloading capacity and amount of components on hand too. (am still doing that)
I already live in rural America and like it.
Until about a year ago, I was more focused on taking care of sick elderly relatives than anything else. Still doing some of that, but all that is left now is my father and my aunt.
I meant no disrespect for you or your attitudes. I am a solitary bee type myself, not a hive bee.
I can relate. I did about 2 years as a mountain man, completely off-grid, living in an 8' x 12' shack with no running water, and nearest neighbor about 1/2 mile away over rough terrain.
I like living alone like that.
Although flush toilets do have their charms. ;)
last time I looked it was something like $25-50m per unit which would run for 10 years powering 20,000 homes... which would be like $20/mon per home
why aren’t we rolling these out in the US? because the centralized system brings them a lot more money
“What would EMP do to those nice solar panels?”
Nothing. EMP isn’t this mystical creature that destroys all things electric and electronic, I don’t care how many people repeat that lie. EMP is a fairly weak pulse that is extremely brief, hence it requires very long wires to build up enough charge to do significant damage.