Weak Spot in the United States’ Security Around the Robert Moses Power Plant
Western New York has slowly and surely transformed itself form a steel worker city to an information center as Geico and Yahoo has taken up shop in the area. There was even a deal for Verizon to create a call center in Western New York, but an idiot lawyer dragged the plan through court and Verizon took their business elsewhere after months of delays.
The reason for this is that Buffalo has also created itself into a massive clean energy source.
Western New York has been a major clean energy power sources since 1961 when construction to the Robert Moses power plant finished. At the time the Niagara Falls power plant was the largest hydro electric facility in the world. Also, in recent years massive windmill turbines have been added to Lake Erie’s shore.
This, along with bordering Canada, has brought the Technology and Homeland Security Conferences Forum, which is held at the Seneca Niagara Casino. It was at this very conference last October that I learned the weakspot of the United States.
I was there as part of a trial article for the Niagara Falls Reporter. Now, I don’t know if the article was ever published as I emailed it to the person that I was in contact with there. What I learned there is going to floor you.
What I learned is that it doesn’t take a nuclear missile to land in the United States to kill millions of people. All it takes is one nuclear missile detonated high in the atmosphere. So, a country like North Korea is very dangerous and has to be taken seriously.
The reason is the radiation from a nuclear missile would electrically charge ions in the atmosphere. The impact from the missile’s explosion would then carry the electrically charged ions to the ground, which is commonly known as an electromagnetic pulse or EMP for short. With our electrical grid being maxed out at it is, would fry transformers and then everything electric that is connected.
According to EMPAct America President David Bellavia, the weak spot of the United States is the very fact that massive transformers aren’t made in America.
“America doesn’t make these massive transformers anymore,” Bellavia stated during the keynote speaker presentation at the Technology and Homeland Security forum last October. “They are made in South Korea with South Korean steel and take 18 months to make. Also, there is a three year waiting list.”
There is only one other plant in the world that makes these massive transformers, so if North Korea were to destroy the plant with just a regular missile they would still devastate America as parts are hard to find for them. The sad part is the government knows this.
“With respect to transformers, probably the hardest to replace quickly, this quasi-direct current, carried by all three phases on the primary windings of the transformer, drives the transformer to saturation, creating harmonics and reactive power,” The EMP commission wrote in its 2008 report.
The EMP Commission was created in 2001to asses the nature and magnitude of an EMP attack, the vulnerability of military and civilian systems, the capability to recover from an attack and the feasibility and cost of enhancement to military and civilian systems. The commission presented two reports to congress an Executive Report in 2004 and a Final Report in 2008.
From there it took Congress two years to finally get a piece of legislation to pass the House of Representatives, which was called the “GRID ACT.” However, it died in the senate as Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski gutted the bill of key provision, which rendered it useless to pass. According to NewsMax.com, an aide for Murkowski said the senator voted to strip the provisions on practical grounds.
Another bill called the “SHIELD Act” was referred to committee in February of 2011, but nothing has come of it so far. There are two reasons an EMP act is a huge issue the first of which is the effects no electricity would have on the population.
“Within 12 months of an EMP attack or a massive solar flare, between two-thirds to 90 percent of the U.S. population would perish” from lack of electricity,” former CIA analyst and then executive director of the congressionally chartered EMP Commission Peter Pry said, quoting the conclusions from the EMP Commission’s two public reports.
The thing is a nuclear weapon isn’t the only thing that can create and EMP that would knock electricity. The other thing that can create it is the sun, which actually happened over 100 years ago and can cause over $1 trillion in damage.
“The National Academies of Sciences predicted in a 2008 report that a solar geomagnetic storm as severe as the Carrington event that occurred in 1859 could inflict $1 trillion to $2 trillion and take four to 10 years to recover from,” said Representative Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., one of the original advocates of establishing the EMP Commission. “That compares with the $300 billion impact of Hurricane Katrina.”
EMPact America Vice President Ross Howarth had this to say about how big of an issue this is.
“Right now power outage plans are short term and there is no long term plan,” Howarth said. “In a congressional commission it was reported that two-thirds of the population couldn’t live without power. Also, without N.Y.P.A. ( New York Power Authority) you cannot kick start the power in N.Y.C.”
So, all a terrorist cell has to do to knock out the power and keep it off for a extended period of time is blow up the substations around the Robert Moses Power Plant.
It’s pretty sad that our government knows about the weak spot of the United States and instead votes every month to repeal President Barrack Obama’s Health Care Reform Act. Heck they cannot even get a budget together!
So, next time you watch NBC’s “Revolution,” just remember that could actually be you and your family in the near future if Republicans don’t get their act together.
By Paul Kaprzak