EMP Attack: ‘Coast’ Recap 7/13/09

From: Coast to Coast AM

… EMP Attacks

Date: 07-13-09
Host: George Noory
Guests: … William R. Forstchen

Appearing in the second half of the program, Professor William Forstchen talked about how an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack could disable the power grid over large swaths of America. If fission bombs were detonated above the country, a gamma ray burst would trigger an electromagnetic disturbance, knocking out the infrastructure below it, he explained. Such effects have been demonstrated with high altitude nuclear tests such as Starfish Prime, and can be seen on a smaller scale in this video clip showing what happens to a Ford Taurus that gets zapped by EMP.

Forstchen said in an EMP attack the power grid might be down for months or even years. He also warned that EMP effects could be caused by solar flares, like the superstorm that occurred in 1859. He suggested that people call for Congress to recognize that EMP is a real issue, and move toward strengthening America’s infrastructure. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett has taken this subject seriously, he added.

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