Originally written in 2007:
I just caught the tail end of a show on the Discovery Channel about extreme solar activity. There are many reasons to generate your own electricity and get off the grid including the high cost of electricity and fossil fuels, the short supply of fossil fuels, terrorism, natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, floods, ice storms, and snow storms. To be honest
with you, I never even thought about solar activity causing a blackout. Solar flares so big that they cause problems with the electrical grid. But it has happened before... In March 1989 a solar electric
storm caused an electrical blackout in Quebec, affecting several million people, it also affected spacecraft. In May 1998 communication with the Galaxy Four satellite was lost, affecting 90% of the pager and cell phone networks
in the USA.
But these are minor events compared to what the experts say will happen someday soon... an extreme solar activity event that will blow some of the substation transformers on the electrical grid. This would
cause a blackout across the entire USA and maybe even the world. The worst part about this prediction is that these transformers can only be made in one place and they take a year or more to build. In other words, when this happens,
your power may be off for a year or more. They say this could happen as soon as 2011 - that's just 4 short years away. If you don't believe the Discovery Channel, just go to this web site and read all about it... http://www.solarstorms.org/Spower.html
Here's just a few comments from my readers....
A year or so ago, we lost a big transformer here in Phoenix AZ. We were lucky to find a spare to replace it. I am not sure that you are correct that there is only one transformer manufacturer left, but you are correct that they don't have spares. You have left out one factor that will be a major factor if we lose significant power in the southwest in the summer time. That is the political,economic, system will require that martial law be called almost immediately. There are millions of people in the southwest desert that are not in a sustainable enviroment without electricity. The population that can be supported here without electricity is minimal. Do you think my neighbor is going to stand idly by while I am doing my enviromental thing? How long is it going to take me to convert to a sustainable existance, and where am I going to get the materials? I know of a few wealthy individuals who have built sustainable ranches in the boondocks. It took years and a goodly amount of money PLUS the rest of the economy was humming along with lots of electricity. The politicians don't even want to think about the consequences of losing electricity over a large area for a protracted period of time. Each generation of solid state devices becomes more suceptible to Solar Flares. (at least that is what I have been told).
I think we are in a "wish in one hand, crap in the other hand and see which one fills up first" situation.
Thanks for the News Letter.
I don't know if this is the right way or the right person, I am totally new to this site. I have been aware and concerned about the situation for quite some time, but not quite clever enough to put the information into a workable shape. My lifetime hobby is Ham Radio, and I have been involved in Code transmission to a high standard.
So, when you mentioned Solar flares and you sounded sketchy about it, you touched a spot. You probably know most of this, so don't be offended,
Solar activity roughly, follows an eleven year cycle pattern, we are at the exact bottom of this cycle now, and sunspots are so rare that for some months we just didn't have any at all, the graph starts to rise rapidly to a peak at about 2011 with very high levels of magnetic disturbance. Some trains of thought say it will rise even faster(late 2009) but the concerning thing about this is that some scientist who specialize in this field say that this one will be a BIG ONE like the 7th wave is bigger than the average wave. so the electromagnetic disturbance and fields created WILL be bigger than the last big one (1987?) that tripped the breakers, and caused the domino effect on your Eastern seaboard.
My assumption is that the cost to apply protection and isolation probably means that not a lot of drastic modifications have been made since then.
Please excuse my disjointed way of writing, I hope that some of this stuff is of use to you.
I am the kind of person who likes to work in a team, and the more information we have, the better we will be prepared for an Emergency situation when it will inevitably occur.
Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle:
All the best Ron L.
I've been out looking into the Solar activity subject as it relates to the power grid. Here is the best official information that I have found so far.
So now as I see it there are…
Solar Predictions that predict a large amount of Activity for 2010-11.
With this activity come GIC's that can affect our transformers and relays big time. Government awareness that the Grid is vulnerable. Not sure what's being done about it?
Always more questions than answers. Will keep digging… Clark
This one doesn't have much to do with solar flares, but it goes to show you just how bad off our Country "may" be and maybe why our government will not do anything to solve the solar flare situation...
This is one article that demands a reread !! How Long Do We Have?
About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government."
"A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they
can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury."
"From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."
"The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history , has been about 200 years."
"During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. From dependence back into bondage"
Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by:
Square miles of land won by:
Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land own ed by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare..."
Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the"complacency
and apathy" phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the "governmental dependency" phase.
If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegal's and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.
Pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy is the greatest danger to our freedom.
Thanks for reading.
Imagine these scenarios...