The EIS Council has announced a simulated Black Sky Event that will take place on August 23rd. The purpose of this event is to practice for the possibility of an attack on our national power grid system through a number of man-made and natural disasters. Their ostensible mission is to “hosts national and international collaboration on resilience and whole community restoration and response planning, addressing severe, national and global scale hazards to lifeline infrastructures.”
Federal government agencies are preparing for the possibility of “widespread power outages” across the U.S. as a result of a “black sky” event that could “bring society to its knees”.
An exercise sponsored by FEMA and the U.S. Department of Energy set to take place on August 23 called EarthEX2017 will wargame responses to catastrophes such as mega earthquakes, cyber terrorism or high altitude electromagnetic pulse attacks.
The exercise will simulate a “subcontinent-scale, long duration power outage, with cascading failures of all other infrastructures,” according to the official Earth Ex website.
“Black sky events” are defined as, “Catastrophic occurrences caused by man or nature that bring society to its knees.”
“Cars would have no fuel. Restaurants and grocery stores would be bare. Electricity could be out for months in such an event,” writes Mike Vasilinda.
Given the soaring tensions between the United States and North Korea, which has threatened to attack the U.S. territory of Guam, the timing of the EarthEX2017 exercise couldn’t be more appropriate.
In doing just a bit of research, it occurs to me that the cost of upgrading and safeguarding the transnational power grid (East, West, and Texas) would cost less than the production of another three Boeing jets; yet we're more interested in doing exercises, sponsored by our government and other internationally-friendly organizations, that will enable us to respond to a disaster that would could have avoided in the first place had we just upgraded the damned system!
Is it just me, or does it sound like we're spinning our wheels, waiting for something that we know will PROBABLY happen, sooner if not later, so that we can panic and act as if we're in a Walking Dead alternate universe?
I don't know about you, but I'm really tired of being told about all the things that COULD go wrong while spending exactly zero dollars on a preemptive strike against them happening in the first place. Why isn't there a ballot question, in plain everyday English, that asks simply, “Do you support the spending of federal dollars to upgrade and safeguard our transnational power grid, even if it means that we cannot build three new Boeing jets this year?”
According to former Florida Congresswoman Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, North Korea’s saber rattling is making top brass “anxious” about potential society-changing disasters.
“It’s not “if” but “when” a Black Sky event will occur,” writes Vasilinda, an alarming statement given that she discusses meeting with “members of the U.S. military, National Guard Adjutant Generals, officials from Homeland Security, Department of Energy, FEMA, NOAA, and experts from the utility, distribution and supply sectors,” at a private summit held in Washington DC.
The summit was attended by 200 experts from 24 countries and was hosted by Congresswoman Yvette Clark, D-NY, Congressman Trent Franks, R-Arizona, the Rt, Honorable Lord James Arbuthnot, Conservative and the Rt. Honorable Lord Toby Harris, Labour Party of the UK Parliament.
The summit convened to study the impact of a massive cataclysm that “severely disrupts the normal functioning of our critical infrastructures in multiple regions for long periods of time.”
Given that FEMA has been stockpiling ready-to-eat meals, blankets and body bags for years, perhaps it’s time to dust off those old generators and stock up on that storable food.
Or, we could just do the job of fixing the problem today? Maybe? And then the exercises would be moot?
My real puzzlement, however, is just how this exercise will be initiated. Will the US government and military pull a Stephen King-type “Under the Dome” operation where an entire town will be affected by the “black sky event” or will they just pretend that there is no power when there is? I'm skeptical, as you may have noticed. I'm also a bit fed up with the “what ifs” when we can merely say “Hey, let's fix this.”
Leave it to the government and third-party groups to find a way to waste money.