Hurricane Matthew recently forced millions of people to survive without power. Although these power outages were temporary, they served as a powerful reminder of a much larger threat: there are several mechanisms of destruction that could bring down the entire grid, leaving no one in America capable of coming to any one else’s aid.
According to journalist Benjamin Dancer, that scenario is not far-fetched, and he says there’s a direct connection between national security and sustainability.
Dancer works for The Colorado EMP Task Force On National and Homeland Security. He is also the author of PATRIARCH RUN, an eco-thriller premised on the threat posed by our reliance on the grid. The book has been endorsed for its realism by environmental leaders such as Paul Ehrlich and Alan Weisman on the left, and Dr. Peter Pry, who served in the Congressional EMP Commission, and Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author of ON KILLING, on the right.
Dancer will be a guest on the national radio show Coast to Coast AM on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 10:00 p.m. –12:00 a.m. PDT, prepared to discuss the following:
• Underreported threats to the grid including EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attack, cyberattack, physical sabotage, and a coronal mass ejection.
• The larger the human population becomes, the more difficult it is to manage it sustainably.
• Renewable energy is a critical component of any plan for a secure infrastructure.
• The loss of the grid would not have been a threat 100 years ago because the population of the country was only about 76 million people. At that time, food was produced outside the urban centers, and the production of food was not yet dependent on electrical power. Today the population of the United States is about 325 million people, and most foods are produced by technologies that rely on electrical power. Technologies include fertilizers, pesticides, mechanical irrigation, refined fuel for farm machinery and transportation, food processing facilities, infrastructure for clean drinking water.
• Many of our urban centers have outstripped the carrying capacity of their surrounding landscapes so food and basic supplies are shipped over long supply lines, which are often global, and the production of the fuel that drives those supply lines is also dependent on electricity.
In a worst-case scenario, large urban centers denied of critical resources such as food, safe drinking water, transportation, sanitation, and medical care could experience widespread starvation, the reintroduction of diseases vanquished by modern sanitation, unprecedented social unrest, and a skyrocketing mortality rate.
Therefore, renewable energy transmitted through a secure grid makes for a more sustainable and more secure future.
Coast to Coast AM airs on more than 600 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam, and is heard by nearly three million weekly listeners. With hosts George Noory, George Knapp (weekend), it is the most listened to overnight radio program in North America.
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