Patriots like us have been saying for years that the U.S. electric power grid is vulnerable to a variety of attacks, but we weren’t always believed. Now, thanks to a newly declassified report from the National Research Council, everyone knows it’s true. Citing the grid’s old technology, lack of spare capacity and incapability of keeping pace with the increasing burden being placed upon it, the formerly secret report to the Department of Homeland Security states point-blank that a sophisticated physical assault against the grid could produce catastrophic results.
An attack could cause damage in excess of hundreds of billions of dollars and result in hundreds or thousands of deaths due to heat stress or extended exposure to extreme cold.
Check out this article “How Vulnerable is Our Power Grid?”
This report paints a rather grim future for the U.S. if it doesn’t upgrade its electric power system soon. Of course, this is what patriots have been preaching for quite some time. But not everyone is on board with the solutions proposed by this report. For example, could a cyber attack from a remote location actually become MORE likely if advanced technologies are incorporated into the grid? In addition to the ordinary stress that the grid is under, it’s being used to move power between regions to support the needs of competitive markets for power generation. Should we keep electric power generation closer to where it is consumed so failures can be isolated?
I would be very interested to hear your opinions on this!
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