A recent government report claimed that the Department of Homeland Security has made major strides to protect the power grid from a crippling attack, but that report runs counter to sworn testimony in front of Congress and to what experts say is really the case.
In fact, DHS appears ill-prepared to protect the United States from an attack on the power grid that could leave Americans without electricity for weeks, if not months. So says this week’s guest, Peter Vincent Pry, one of the nation’s foremost experts on threats to the grid. He is the author of the new book, Blackout Wars, the executive director of the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security, and he also served on the Congressional EMP Commission.
The EMP Commission found that a one-year blackout would leave 90 percent of Americans dead due to chaos and starvation.
Pry tells us:
- Why any steps DHS has taken to protect America pale in comparison to what needs to be done.
- What the Obama administration has done, and not done, to address the country’s grid vulnerabilities.
- How the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), part of the Department of Energy, has made America more susceptible to a power grid attack.
- Which state might be the safest to live in during an EMP attack on America or even during a solar storm.
In the interview – which is part 1 of a two-part series – Pry also explains how the power grid can be protected on a local level, without help from Washington, D.C.
Don’t miss this week’s show if you’re concerned about America’s future and the threat to the electric grid!
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