The Frightening Effects of a US Power Grid Attack

In this modern day and age, over reliance on technology and electricity is becoming very common. That is why in the face of a possible sustained nationwide blackout, we are bound to experience widespread terror and devastating effects in various industries and cities, our way of life, and the country’s economy. A simple blackout can make the people feel bothered because everything is run by electricity these days; no electricity means we cannot charge devices, cook meals, no lights and water, no heating and cooling, and others. In other words, the effects in the United States will be catastrophic.
Puerto Rico was offered a taste of this after the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. It took approximately 11 months to restore power back in the island, and while they received help from the rest of the country, the experience had still been horrible and was ranked the second-biggest blackout in the history of power on Earth. Now imagine that scale, but instead of one island, the whole country is affected.
There are theories that national blackouts can occur through nuclear bombing, which will release an electromagnetic pulse or EMP in the atmosphere that would nullify electronics, create devastating electric surges, and make all machines and devices useless.
This possibility is taken seriously because this was already proven during nuclear weapons development in the World War II Manhattan Project. The United States and the Soviet Union in 1962 had tested the atmosphere and found proof of EMP. With North Korea’s attempts in finishing their long-range intercontinental missile, it is once again becoming a probability.
This is the phenomenon advocate Richard McPherson from the nuclear proponent and public policy takes very seriously. This is the phenomenon advocate Richard McPherson from the nuclear proponent and public policy takes very seriously. With this, he proposed to President Trump that Puerto Rico become the host of an EMP-hardened electrical grid. Experts and engineers in the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), confirm that it can be done, but it will be too expensive.
Studies of EMPs and a progress report is being done, according to Robin Manning, the EPRI vice president of transmission and distribution infrastructure.
However, according to the former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Siegfried Hecker, while North Korea’s technology and science is very remarkable, the country is not an existential threat to the United States because the scientists and engineers in the nuclear sites are very dedicated and not the mad scientists the world has been taught they are.
Though that has been cleared up, security of the electric system will remain both a priority and necessity; anything can damage it: powerful storms, cyber attacks, or the proposed EMP. According to Scott Aaronson, however, security should not be about being preoccupied with just one danger, but instead planning for all possible disasters.
With the situation in Puerto Rico, it can be safe to say that any attack on the US Power Grid will be cataclysmic.