Earth narrowly misses having power grid wiped out by massive Solar Flare
According to the Washington Examiner, Earth barely missed taking a massive Carrington-class coronal mass ejection (CME) two weeks ago that was large enough to shut down power grids across the country.
A couple of weeks back, we reported on attempts to push legislation through congress that would protect the grid from these types of dangers, but according to the experts in the Examiner story, those efforts seem to have been stopped by the Obama administration.
While a massive solar flare wiping out the power grid may seem like something out of a science fiction movie, the fact is, the threat is very real. Our electric power grid is extremely old and extremely susceptible to not only the threat of solar flares, but also from EMP attacks that could shut down our power grids for years.
It’s not a matter of if, but when.
Eventually we are going to take one of these Carrington-class CMEs head on, and when that happens, this country is going to be in for a major shock. Our nations power grid is not setup to withstand one of these events, and thanks to outsourcing, we no longer have the capability to build or repair our largest transformers should they be hit.