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Long-term wide-spread power outages

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by cowboy1964, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    So I keep reading about how it would literally take years (if not decades) to replace all the transformers that could potentially be blown out in a worst-case solar storm. My question to throw out to you all is, wouldn't the world's resources be ramped up to solve that quicker?

    A bigger problem is the hundreds of nuclear plants that would have serious problems without cooling of their spent fuel. Think Fukushima times 100. But no, we don't need passive storage in Nevada, that's just crazy.
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  2. Toyman


    May 6, 2003
    West Michigan
    That would be so cool, like a giant reset button on the earth.

  3. racerford


    Apr 22, 2003
    DFW area
    Given all the potential issues with nuclear reactors, I do not know why they are not building Thorium fuel reactors in stead of Uranium fuel reactors?

    There is nothing cool about the reset button for Earth being pushed.
  4. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    The plants that mfg these items are not sitting idle waiting for a WCS CME..

    ..they are businesses with enough capacity & inventory to address the current needs of their customer base.

    A company that may make a few of these transformers a year..

    ..simply does not have the capacity to suddenly make thousands..

    ..especially as the SHTF event may limit their production capacity to less than normal.

    Inventory taxes & current management practices are counterproductive to a timely response from a WCS such as an HEMP or major CME.. I know of many industries/businesses (mine included) that destroy quite valuable (& sometimes irreplaceable :whistling: ) inventory to keep from paying the tax.

    Also & frequently... items are routinely trash-canned if not used in a given time period & for 5S purposes.

    In short...we live in a very shortsighted "just in time delivery" society.. :upeyes:

    ..a way of doing business that will hurt us greatly when a future Carrington Event strikes...IMO!
  5. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

    Sep 10, 2008
    Nowhereville, USA
    First off, The biggest concern is the big panic of the sheeple. The riots, looting and mayhem caused by a major power outage. The next stage would be all the suicides that would occur due to a lack of internet and cell phones.
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  6. Syclone538


    Jan 8, 2006
  7. Bilbo Bagins

    Bilbo Bagins Slacked jawed

    Sep 16, 2008
    So is your life full of errors and you feel its better to reboot :rofl:

    It would suck bad. No power means the economy would collapse. Also the vast majority of people in the US and other countries are 3 days away from starvation. Local stores and warehouses will either run out of food, or be looted. No power means also means multiple Japan-like nuclear meltdowns as cooling station lose power. No running water, and sewage issues with no power too. There would be a boatload of crime, looting, an anarchy for at least 6 months to a year.
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    You should have included this video with your statement. :upeyes:

    Fail to understand the 'cool' factor as well.:dunno:
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  9. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

    Dec 1, 2005
    We would find a way to rewind them by hand. Labor would be cheap and available, desire would be very high, I think that we would figure out a way to get it done, even if only a temporary fix.
  10. Bolster

    Bolster Not Ready Yet!

    Jul 23, 2011
    State of Stupidity
    What better way to enforce 'alternate energy' sources (solar, wind) than to degrade the reliable electric grid?

    What better way to get people to buy electric cars than make gas over $4/gal?
  11. i recently read lights out, and believe the book to be accurate for a long term wide spread power outage type situation
  12. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

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  13. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    In my industry, we saw this when the economy was beginning to show some signs of improvement, which was subsequently erased. However during those small growth spurts, we found that even major manufacturers of components were unable to respond in a timely. We had ICs that we used to get in short order...suddenly lead times were 18-24 wks, for the same item that was previously stocked at distributors. Distributors stopped carrying inventory, manufacturers cut production capacity with the slowing economy, and then when demand grew...users of the components had to wait.
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  14. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Read the book "One Second After" about an EMP that hits the US. While fictional, I wouldn't call it a walk in the park. It brings up some interesting issues.
  15. jdavionic

    jdavionic NRA Member

    May 1, 2008
    Already did...and I agree. Good book.
  16. Syclone538


    Jan 8, 2006
  17. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    That is if the PN semiconductor junction in the PV Panels survive.. :whistling:

    One of the reasons I do not endorse PV for SHTF.. it is very H-EMP, CME, Lightning, etc... susceptable

    I would bet on well shielded Micro Wind/Water Turbines faring much better..

    ..especially if stand-alone (not Grid Intertied).

    Also....not too hard or too expensive to have 10K or 20K worth of ready spares in EMP resistant storage for your micro-wind/water setup..

    (in case of catastrophic loss where there is little to no possibly of replacement)

    ..but 125K to a quarter million dollars or so in PV Panels as spares..

    ..fewer have the means or the willingness to take it to that level!

  18. PlasticGuy


    Jul 10, 2000
    This is incorrect. Our nuclear power plants have the ability to cool their reactors and short term spent fuel pools without electricity coming from offsite. Even without offsite power, a Fukushima type event would not happen, as long as other resources were available and other major damage didn't occur at the same time.

    Also, the storage at Yucca Mountain would be for older spent fuel and high grade waste that no longer needs active cooling. It would be nice to consolidate it though. I'd love to see my plant ship ours out to a permanent storage facility somewhere.
  19. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    It can be regional (i.e. Canada 1989 )

    ..but if a major CME.. would be a worldwide issue...directly or indirectly! :shocked:
  20. LongGun1

    LongGun1 StraightShooter

    Hey, sometimes I try be an Optimist! :clown: :rofl: :supergrin:

    But, yes...we do experience the same...