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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:53 PM

Thousands Seen Dying If Terrorists Attack ‘Vulnerable’ U.S. Grid

Source: Bloomberg

Nov. 14 (Bloomberg) -- A terrorist attack on the U.S. power grid could be more destructive than superstorm Sandy, possibly costing hundreds of billions of dollars and leading to thousands of deaths, the National Academy of Sciences said.

While such an event probably wouldn’t kill people immediately, it could cause widespread blackouts for weeks or months, according to a recently declassified report released today by the Academy. If it occurred during extreme weather, heat stress or exposure to cold may lead to “hundreds or even thousands of deaths,” the authors of the study wrote.

“An event of this magnitude and duration could lead to turmoil, widespread public fear, and an image of helplessness that would play directly into the hands of the terrorists,” they said.

While other entities have issued reports on electric-grid vulnerabilities, the study released today provides an unusually stark picture of what may happen if hackers, extremist groups, disgruntled employees or even energy companies themselves sabotage the nation’s power network. It calls for the government to create a national inventory of portable generation equipment that can be used during such an event.

An attack “could be carried out by knowledgeable attackers with little risk of detection or interdiction,” it said.



Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Thousands-Seen-Dying-If-Terrorists-Attack-4037607.php

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Reply Thousands Seen Dying If Terrorists Attack ‘Vulnerable’ U.S. Grid (Original post)
Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
Iggo Nov 2012 #1
randome Nov 2012 #7
SkyDaddy7 Nov 2012 #8
meow2u3 Nov 2012 #11
Iggo Nov 2012 #14
lalalu Nov 2012 #2
kestrel91316 Nov 2012 #3
SkyDaddy7 Nov 2012 #9
Dubster Nov 2012 #4
docgee Nov 2012 #5
SkyDaddy7 Nov 2012 #10
PoliticAverse Nov 2012 #6
1StrongBlackMan Nov 2012 #12
RC Nov 2012 #13
RickFromMN Nov 2012 #15
Purveyor Nov 2012 #18
aquart Nov 2012 #16
truthisfreedom Nov 2012 #17
RobertEarl Nov 2012 #19
Purveyor Nov 2012 #21
RobertEarl Nov 2012 #22
daleo Nov 2012 #20

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:56 PM

1. Still not afraid of terrorists.

Next!

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Response to Iggo (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:15 PM

7. I'm with you.

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Response to Iggo (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:19 PM

8. You should NOT be afraid of terrorist...

However, you SHOULD respect the findings of the National Academy of Science...That is unless you choose the Conservative way of going with your GUT despite the empirical evidence that says otherwise.

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Response to SkyDaddy7 (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:52 PM

11. Terrorists are just bullies -- and cowards -- at base

They're only effective unless and until you stand up to them--then they run like hell with their tails between their legs once they find out you're not afraid of them.

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Response to SkyDaddy7 (Reply #8)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:14 PM

14. I do respect their findings...

...and I'm STILL not afraid of terrorists.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 03:58 PM

2. We will still have marathons and yacht races.

 

So politicians don't care. Just the peasants, or in modern terms the 47 %, will be told to drop dead in their cold dark homes.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:02 PM

3. If this happens, Republicans bear FULL responsibility for obstructing legislation that would

fund an upgrade of the grid.

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:23 PM

9. Plus...

This is not some claim by Homeland Security...Quite the opposite this comes from the National Academy of Science one of the most respected institutions in the world! Well, not by Conservative "GUT THINKERS" but by the rest of the world who understand the importance of science & going with empirical evidence not some rednecks GUT!

Your comment hit the nail on the head! I wish we could publicly shame them over their stance on anthropogenic climate change as well!!

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:05 PM

4. Spam deleted by gkhouston (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:10 PM

5. Terrorists only scare republicans...

You have a higher probability of committing suicide than to be killed by terrorism.

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Response to docgee (Reply #5)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:30 PM

10. That is NOT the point of these findings!

This was not some prediction from Homeland Security it came from the National Academy of Science hardly a bastion of Conservatism or big brother. To me denying the fact we are vulnerable & IF the day ever comes when terrorist decide to blow up our power infrastructure it might not be you who dies but it will be the most vulnerable like our grandparents or sick children. Besides that we need to improve our electrical grid to handle alternative energy sources anyway.

This was not meant to be a scare tactic it was meant to be a warning derived from empirical data...Not a Conservative gut check.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:11 PM

6. Someone is making an argument for electric supply decentralization. n/t

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:00 PM

12. Just think of all the non-out sourcible ...

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long-term jobs that would be created if the U.S. decided to up-grade/secure the power grid?

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #12)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:15 PM

13. And the spin-off jobs from manufacturing the hardware and wire.

 

The cost of training the building crews. The pay for the engineering and engineers needed. Why this could suck enough money from the wars to actually stop most of them.
No wonder the Republicans are against this.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 06:56 PM

15. I wish someone would invent cheap home shingles that double as solar panels.

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Response to RickFromMN (Reply #15)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:12 PM

18. They have but they are not cheap. Google 'solar shingles'. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:37 PM

16. Been to Long Island? One good superstorm is all it takes.

Terrorists are amateurs compared to climate change.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 07:48 PM

17. It's true, but the answer is not fear. It's decentralization of power generation. It's rooftops

covered completely with solar panels. Every rooftop.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 08:25 PM

19. Worse case scenario: Nuke Plant w/o power

Fukushima lost grid power and the place blew sky-high.

Pumps to keep the plants cool demand great power. If the grid goes down, plants would only be able to keep cool as long as generators work under emergency conditions.

But don't worry, be happy!!

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Response to RobertEarl (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:38 PM

21. It will not be a 'bomb or a storm'...it will be a cyber-attack without a doubt. eom

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Response to Purveyor (Reply #21)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 10:49 PM

22. Stuxnet?

That was a cyber attack on the Iranian nuclear plant.

Stuxnet was theoried to also have made the Fukushima problem even worse by making the computers in the control room spit out erroneous info as to what was happening in the reactors.

I think we can keep such an attack from doing too much harm... under normal circumstances. But introduce a powerful solar storm and all bets are off.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 09:11 PM

20. Katrina, Sandy

Global warming is a more real and present danger.

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