Have you been watching the Texas weather-related energy crisis? Who could have anticipated what happened there? What if something similar occurred within the entire United States? (Electromagnetic Pulse aka EMP)? It’s a civics and citizenship issue that requires a common-sense discussion and application.
When I observed what is happening in Texas, I thought it might be an excellent time to explore EMP and what a similar crisis would look like nationally.
When the United States no longer pursued the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI or “Star Wars”), guess who picked up the mantle? China. We are now in a position to come from behind to catch up. The U.S. has added the Space Force to our military. That is a great start. However, EMP is already a part of Russia, China, and Iran’s military.
An attack on our country via Electromagnetic Pulse can shut down our entire electric grid. This means we lose electricity; therefore, digital communication that we depend on to live can be taken away indefinitely. It’s not social media that is concerning. It’s life-saving hospital equipment, water pumping stations, food chain, national communications, and transportation that are the concern. When your energy source dies, it has a rolling effect. Many people die. Here’s the thing: If EMP is used, there is not enough time to repair our grid.
Texans are complaining, as they should. If our EMP protocol is insufficient, complaining will be useless. There is a clarion call to secure our EMP protocol, but we are focused on other national issues. EMP is not at the top of the priority stack. Let’s change that.
My understanding is that creating partnerships in the states is the best way to go. The Federal government is dealing with other issues. We’ve talked about how “all politics is local.” EMP is a significant issue to take on locally and in your state. It is suggested that title 32 be used to mobilize the National Guard to protect United States’ interests under the Governor’s direction.
Our job is to become aware of our vulnerability, then use our influence to move this issue forward. Perhaps you are an official or are running for office. You can make EMP an issue. Citizens can support candidates who prioritize EMP as an issue. We can stress the importance of EMP based on what we see happening in Texas. I was dismissed by some participants here when I suggested a new year’s resolution of having emergency food and water on hand. It is looking like this should be on our personal priority list. Ultimately, We the People run the show. We take care of our needs better than anyone else can. It’s a blessing when someone helps, but it’s a comfort when we know we have done something before a crisis.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship. ??