2 Weeks Ago, a Huge Solar Flare Almost Knocked Out Power Nationwide … Which Could Have Caused Nuclear Meltdowns from Coast-to-Coast

Whew … That Was Close

We’ve sounded the alarm for years that a large solar flare – like the one we had in 1859 – could cause worldwide nuclear meltdowns … and numerous other problems.

2 weeks ago, we just barely dodged the bullet.

Washington Examiner reports:

The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States.

Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth’s typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there.

The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,” said Henry Cooper, who lead strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense.

“There had been a near-miss about two weeks ago, a Carrington-class coronal mass ejection crossed the orbit of the Earth and basically just missed us,” said Peter Vincent Pry, who served on the Congressional EMP Threat Commission from 2001-2008. He was referring to the 1859 EMP named after astronomer Richard Carrington that melted telegraph lines in Europe and North America.

Basically this is a Russian roulette thing,” added Pry. “We narrowly escape from a Carrington-class disaster.”

Pry, Cooper, and former CIA Director James Woolsey have been recently demanding that Washington prepare the nation’s electric grid for an EMP, either from the sun or an enemy’s nuclear bomb. They want the 2,000-3,000 transformers in the grid protected with a high-tech metal box and spares ready to rebuild the system. Woolsey said knocking out just 20 would shut down electricity to parts of the nation “for a long time.”

But Washington is giving them the cold shoulder, especially the administration. Woolsey told Secrets that some in Congress are interested in the issue, but the administration is just in the “beginnings” of paying attention.

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The EMP effect is not rare. One occurred in Canada in 1989, knocking out Quebec’s electric transmission system. And North Korea is reportedly testing a device to attack the U.S. with an EMP attack.

The trio appeared at an event in Washington this week, but Pry said getting the nation’s leaders interested in the issue is difficult and educating the public about EMP hard too. “The education curve isn’t going up fast enough,” he said.

It would cost a pittance to protect our nuclear plants from such a flare.

But it’s hard to get politicians’ attention when they’re focused on throwing money at corporate welfare queens, insane military and security boondoggles and pork, harmful quantitative easingunnecessary nuclear subsidies,  the failed war on drugs, and other frivolities.

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  • jadan

    The “kill shot” is inevitable, like the “big one” will inevitably cripple California. The industrial system we’ve built cannot indefinitely support bloated populations around the world and it is not sustainable. We don’t know who we are or where we are and our political process is completely inadequate to deal with such cosmic problems as CME’s, asteroids, supernovae, and what-not. We can’t even deal with the nuclear problem we’ve created, even though the situation is dire and the solution is just a matter of international cooperation. Instead, nations have their heads right up their butts, and America distracts itself by fretting over abortion, homosexuality, dead religions, dead ideologies,and it deludes itself with its war on terror and mass surveillance into believing it can exercise control over events. Welcome to the new American Century! Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. Isn’t madness defined as not knowing who you are or where you are and behaving inappropriately?

  • RogueDave

    GW – You’re normally very good at fact checking. In this case: #FAIL

    http://spaceweather.com/archive.php?view=1&day=03&month=08&year=2013
    SPACE WEATHER FACT CHECK: Many readers are asking about a report in the Washington Examiner, which states that a Carrington-class solar storm narrowly missed Earth two weeks ago. There was no
    Carrington-class solar storm two weeks ago. On the contrary, solar activity was low throughout the month of July. The report is erroneous. The possibility of such a storm is, however, worth thinking about: A modern Carrington event would cause significant damage to our high-tech society.

    Would an event cause disruptions, absolutely. Did it happen? No.

  • cherylmeril

    There is no date indicated of any such event and it seems to have come from a questionable source as no other media outlet except stray alternative media picked it up including yourself. I’m unconvinced this actually happened because of it.

  • cherylmeril

    To Washington’s Blog: You really do a disservice to your readers to pick up on highly questionable articles without doing any research at all, because even my amateur skills in research tells me this story you have posted is a fake.

    • gozounlimited

      What?

    • Mary

      @cheryl, geez, no need to get so personal – or vulgar; if you don’t like it or don’t agree simply don’t read his blog.

  • gozounlimited

    Geoengineering (Chemtrails) Shredding Ozone Layer Daily, Putting All Life On Earth At Risk……. http://hipknowsys.blogspot.com/2013/07/geoengineering-chemtrails-shredding.html

  • dfoorce3

    The original article confuses EMPs with the actual effects of a solar flare – ground induces currents. The ground currents could well indeed knock out large, difficult to replace transformers that would cause localized, long-term power outages. EMPs are very different. One can read the various reports on both phenomenon that the DOE, FERC and NERC have produced.