Since utilities in Ohio, Virginia, and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic, it was painfully evident that nobody was or is prepared for a potential disaster from a powerful storm, much less a solar flare, cyber-attack, or an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP).
To handle the demand, utilities brought crews from out of state to work on the power grid. A quite common occurrence, straight-line winds brought down trees and the nation’s capital to its knees. The D.C. “Department of Transportation reported that 69 trees had fallen on public space, although not in roadways.” Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Maryland Democrat, said, “In terms of federal assistance, this is unprecedented. We will have to look at how to do that.”(The Washington Times, July 1, 2012)
If Mother Nature created such havoc with straight-line winds that unprecedented federal assistance was necessary, what would happen if a hurricane hit or a Trojan virus attacked the Smart Grid?
Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal said in his column, “sweltering in the dark is a glimpse into America’s future if the greens have their way. Electrical power is the central nervous system of our modern economy. Yet every initiative by green groups is focused on reducing our access to electrical power.” (When the Moore Family Lost Power, WSJ, July 4, 2012)
Clean and renewable energy like wind and solar only provide 3 % of our electricity, far short of powering the largest economy on earth. After billions of dollars of subsidies in solar and wind energy, companies are still going bankrupt, long after Solyndra’s demise.
Abound Solar Inc. of Loveland, Colorado, suspended operations and sought bankruptcy in Wilmington, Delaware, after receiving $400 million in Department of Energy loan guarantees.
Chuck Neubauer said that Nevada Geothermal Power, with a $98.5 million loan guarantee from the Obama administration, had financial problems (substantial debt and not enough cash generated from its operations) and the auditors were wondering whether it could stay in business.
What most people avoid discussing is the fact that the power grid is very vulnerable to disruptions and “catastrophic failure,” particularly the Smart Grid. Currently, not everyone is attached to the Smart Grid because the Smart Meters installation has not been completed.
Some citizens who know what Smart Meters are and do, reject them on the basis of intrusion into their lives without a search warrant, health issues from constant radiation, and loss of control to the power company to shut off electricity during peaks of consumption, usually very hot and very cold days.
The federal government has given utilities billions of dollars to install Smart Meters. Utilities loved the idea because it saved them money and headaches to store electricity and to build new and expensive facilities to store excess capacity in case of high demand.
The touted Smart Grid was supposed to avoid devastating effects from 60 mph straight-line winds. We have heard arguments that the old, patchwork system must be replaced in order to re-route electricity in case of localized failure and downed power lines. The reality is that areas heavily attached to Smart Meters suffered the worst. Power lines and telephone lines run on the same pole. If a pole is knocked down, power goes out but phone landlines are still operational.
According to Mike Adams, NatureNews editor, without electricity, acquiring food and water becomes a real problem in a major city. People are not prepared and expect to depend on 911 (it failed for 48 hours in Virginia), fragile cell phone technology, and the Internet. A national grid-down scenario would leave everyone destitute since there will be no neighbors to come to anybody’s rescue. Experts predict that repairs would take years to complete or would not be possible at all in an EMP event.
Backup generators run on fuel that must be delivered from refineries, not on solar power or wind generation. Evacuation would overwhelm delivery of any life sustaining elements of a large city. Without the maligned fossil fuels, coal, Diesel, and gasoline there is not much electricity, deliveries of needed supplies, fuel, there is no water, medicines, food, or anything liberals take for granted. Where would they re-charge their fabulously green electric cars? How would they power the Smart Cars without fuel? If there is a choice between eating corn and turning it into biofuel, the need for survival will win every time.
Harvard Research Fellow Leonardo Maugeri said that U.S. huge oil and gas shale reserves are “the most important revolution in the oil sector in decades.” The Sierra Club, a left-wing environmentalist group, after touting natural gas as a cleaner alternative to coal and oil for years, has “undertaken a massive campaign against the extraction of natural gas from shale.” (Lachlan Markay, The Energy Revolution and Its Discontents, July 3, 2012)
The EPA targets companies that use hydraulic fracturing (fracking), accusing them of environmental contamination of soil and water. Scant evidence is provided of such contamination. Region 6 administrator Al Armendariz compared the EPA’s history of enforcement philosophy against oil and gas drillers to Roman crucifixions. Al Armendariz is now working for the Sierra Club. (Lachlan Markay)
Repairing the damage to the Smart Grid or the remaining traditional patchwork grid from 60 mph straight-line winds is the least of our worries. Although criticism of the Smart Grid is coming from many directions, energy companies and the government continue to fast-track Smart Grid and Smart Meter installations across the country. Complaints against Smart Meters include electricity cost increases, health risks, privacy risks, grid vulnerability, and the lack of a democratic process since many states are not allowed to opt-out of Smart Meters. States like California, Nevada, Maine, Vermont, Louisiana, Michigan, and Connecticut announced opt-out measures from smart meter installation. Santa Cruz and Marin have instituted moratoriums. Quebec, the Netherlands, and the U.K. are implementing opt-outs.
According to David Chalk, hacking expert, “there is a 100 % certainty of total catastrophic failure of the entire power infrastructure within 3 years. This could actually be worse than a nuclear war, because it would happen everywhere. How governments and utilities are blindly merging the power grid with the Internet, and effectively without any protection, is insanity at its finest.” (Urgent Call, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Doug Powell, manager of SMI Security, Privacy and Safety for Canadian utility BC Hydro said, “Every endpoint (Smart Meter) is a new potential threat vector.”
Former CIA Director James Woolsey criticized the energy policy makers who received multi-billion dollars in the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008. “The so-called ‘Smart Grid’ that is as vulnerable as what we’ve got now is not smart at all. It’s a really, really stupid grid.” (interview with energynow.com)
Current CIA Director David Petraeus confirmed, “Governments will use wireless smart appliances to spy on citizens. Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters. This will rethink our notions of identity and secrecy.” (meeting of In-Q-Tel, CIA venture capital firm, as quoted by www.thepowerfilm.org, “Take Back Your Power,” and Business Wire, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Dick Morris wrote in “Screwed” that China has hacked our electric power grid in 2009 and created secret openings so that an attacker could get back in with ease. “Hackers left behind software that could be used to cause disruptions or even shut down the system.” Richard Clarke wrote in the Wall Street Journal that “there is no money to steal on the electrical grid, nor is there any intelligence value that would justify cyber espionage. The only point to penetrating the grid’s controls is to counter American military superiority by threatening to damage the underpinnings of the U.S. economy.” Entering the grid is much more efficient than exploding a bomb that would trigger an EMP. (Dick Morris, China Has Hacked Our Electric Power Grid, May 10, 2012)
Two separate reports by the Congressional Research Service, dated June 15, 2011 and February 3, 2012 warned about Smart Grid and cyber security and Smart Meter data privacy and cyber security. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) described in the February 28, 2012 report the challenges in securing the modernized electricity grid.
An HVAC contractor warned us of the required programmable thermostats that must be installed on all “systems where city officials have inspection authority created by city councils,” with coaching from UN Agenda 21 visioning committee representatives. “The thermostat can be overridden by the Smart Meter so that they can control your home’s temperature. Remember RFID tracking tags are going to be placed gradually in all items purchased.” In the future, resale shops will be outlawed because they will have for sale items that the system cannot track. Best advice, buy and store items of old that you will need.
Brain washing our children to go green to save the planet, installing smart meters, reducing the carbon footprint, re-setting our lifestyles to pre-industrial age, driving dangerous tin cans, expensive electric cars that “brick themselves” like Tesla, living a miserable life while the elites continue polluting shamelessly is just a con. Humans are not responsible for climate change, nobody can definitively say and scientifically prove that it is so. Climate changes everywhere as part of the earth’s cycle, in response to solar flares, and volcanic eruptions on land and in water, to name just a few variables.
I do not like THIS Uncle SamI do not like the GO GREEN scam.
Suggested websites for more information:www.smartmeterdangers.org