Regardless of what you think of Newt Gingrich, we feel compelled to come to his defense over a New York Times piece ridiculing his warnings about the effects of an electromagnetic pulse over the United States. We’ve spoken with recent, high-level former national security officials who say that an EMP blast would take out the very large transformers that regulate our grid. It would take months to make new ones. And they would have to be shipped across the ocean from Germany.
Meanwhile, the Middle Ages would be making a return engagement across North America.
True, this is a somewhat improbable event. Given what is at stake, however, doesn’t it make sense to eliminate this threat by stockpiling a few extra transformers in Faraday cages?