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Old 06-18-2013, 15:05   #1
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Shield act to protect infrastucture from EMP

Interesting article about a bill introduced in congress to protect infrastructure from EMP. Article here....

http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/...ntcmp=features
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Old 06-18-2013, 15:49   #2
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http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/...ntcmp=features

How many of these expensive long lead time "vulnerable" transformers, costing Millions of dollars each, could we buy and put into critical locations for replacement, with the 250 Million Dollars scheduled for Syrian rebel arms, during the sequester when "funding" is scarce.
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Old 06-18-2013, 22:19   #3
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In general, what is the range of cost p
er mile for each of the following: 765 kV, 500 kV
and 345 kV? (Recognizing that terrain, cost of ROW, etc. factor into it)
Typical installed costs for 765 kV, 500 kV and 345 kV transmission lines are:
Voltage Class Cost Range/Mile*
--------------------- ------------------
765 kV Single Circuit $2.6 4.0 Million
500 kV Single Circuit $2.3 - 3.5 Million
345 kV Double Circuit $1.5 - 2.5 Million
345 kV Single Circuit $1.1 2.0 Million
*Average construction costs in 2008 dollars; rural terrain with rolling hills;
elevations up to 4000 feet above sea level; includes siting and ROW costs; exc

Drum roll please! ..... Nope, you might get a couple hundred miles of power lines.
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Old 06-18-2013, 22:22   #4
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the bright side?

No mandatory transmissions of warning from the POTUS on new cell phones. The power will be down and you won't get a message of si su puede or "hope". But a lot of change will happen.
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Old 06-18-2013, 22:56   #5
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I would love to see this bill passed..

..government actually stepping up to the plate & protecting the public and our way of life..

..vs pandering to the entitlement class..

.. & all of the other unconstitutional, wasteful, anti-American buffoonery that continually gets overfunded!


But this bill makes too much sense to come out of the Bloatway in the current political climate. ..IMO


Would really like to be pleasantly surprised though!!
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:32   #6
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I would love to see this bill passed..

..government actually stepping up to the plate & protecting the public and our way of life..

..vs pandering to the entitlement class..

.. & all of the other unconstitutional, wasteful, anti-American buffoonery that continually gets overfunded!


But this bill makes too much sense to come out of the Bloatway in the current political climate. ..IMO


Would really like to be pleasantly surprised though!!
Random thoughts...

This is one of those things where the probability of an EMP event is really low but he impact (criticality) is very high. Where does one put it on the long list of stuff the gov't needs to take care of?

The cynic in me has to ask what the senator and Newt Gingrich (he is helping to promote it) interests do they have in the companies that will get the contracts to do the work or provide the upgrades etc?

Third, do we have the money to do it?

Forth, if you look at the article you can click on the SHEILD ACT link and it goes to a website where you can contact your senator to support the act.

Fifth: This is really one thing the federal gov't should be about...national defense. Forget all this "lets waste billions on protecting the people from themselves, i.e gun control, mamby pamby social programs etc" rather "lets save the US from known threats."
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:25   #7
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I'd rather they spent my taxes on something like this than keep giving it away for the scum to breed more scumletts.
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Old 06-20-2013, 22:19   #8
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I wish, damn how I wish, but I know better. Politicians are in it to stay elected and social programs and Obama phones get you reelected--not something that "may" happen like an EMP. The "low information voter" has never even heard the term "EMP" and that's the vote they need.

I thought about the modern pressure-type sewage systems that are commonly installed. That's just one more way that unprepared folks are screwed when the power goes out.
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