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Extended Blackouts: Power Grid Completely Vulnerable to Sabotage: “America Could Go Dark”

Mac Slavo
July 14th, 2016
SHTFplan.com
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As if there isn’t enough to worry about already, it seems there is new confirmation that our entire society is hanging by a thread.

The 21st Century is run off of electricity, and in the United States, that electric grid is woefully out of date – and that has left the country quite vulnerable. People’s daily lives depend upon reliable energy, and there are many, such as hospital patients, whose very survival depends upon electricity in the short term.

But in the event of a long-term outage, nearly everyone’s lives would be placed in jeopardy, as commerce, deliveries, fuel, communications and more would grind to a halt.

According to the Wall Street Journal made clear in their special report, the dated grid is completely vulnerable to attack:

The Bakersfield attacks last year were among dozens of break-ins examined by The Wall Street Journal that show how, despite federal orders to secure the power grid, tens of thousands of substations are still vulnerable to saboteurs.

The U.S. electric system is in danger of widespread blackouts lasting days, weeks or longer through the destruction of sensitive, hard-to-replace equipment.

Most substations are unmanned and often protected chiefly by chain-link fences. Many have no electronic security, leaving attacks unnoticed until after the damage is done. Even if there are security cameras, they often prove worthless. In some cases, alarms are simply ignored.

The vulnerability of substations was broadly revealed in a Journal account of a 2013 attack on PG&E’s Metcalf facility near San Jose, Calif. Gunmen knocked out 17 transformers that help power Silicon Valley; a blackout was narrowly averted. The assailants were never caught.

It isn’t just EMPs and natural disaster that poses a threat to the grid, but there is also the potential for attacks on individual power substations in the vast network of decentralized and largely unguarded power grid chain. A U.S. government study established that there would be “major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

Whether by criminals, looters, terrorists, gangs or pranksters, it would take very little to bring down the present system, and there is currently very little the system can do to protect against this wide open threat. As the WSJ notes:

Federal officials have long known about the vulnerability of electrical substations. A 1990 report from the federal Office of Technology Assessment warned that “virtually any region would suffer major, extended blackouts if more than three key substations were destroyed.”

[…] individual substations “if rendered inoperable or damaged could result in widespread instability,” or cascading blackouts in any of the three separate sections of the U.S. power grid.

As things stand, California is already warning residents to expect up to 14 days of blackouts during the summer due to overload in the system. Just imagine how much bigger the disaster could get if something were done intentionally.

This video shows what happened when a group of white hat hackers broke into a power station to demonstrate what they can do given the lack of security, and the potential for mischief:

Homeland Security has been engaging in drill scenarios with the private sector to prepare a response for if/when the grid does fail, but the simple truth is there would be no quick solution, and thousands or even millions of people could die in a large scale shutdown of the power system.

Read more:

Blackout: California In Power Grid Emergency: “All Customers Should Expect 14 Days Without Power”

GridExIII Drill Coincides with American Terror Threat: “ISIS Cells Could Attack Our Power Grid”

EMP Threat: ‘Within One Year 9 Out of 10 Americans Would Be Dead’

You’ve Been Warned: Why You Need to Be Ready for Total Grid Failure

NSA Chief Warns Black Energy Attack On U.S. Power Grid A ‘Matter Of When, Not If’ – Lights Out Scenario Not A Myth But A Coming Reality

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  1. We’ll be fine, quit worrying.

  2. stevor says:

    the grid USED TO be vulnerable and somebody shot at it but NOW it’s protected 24 hours a day (and I have a friend who is part of the guard doing it). So, everything is vulnerable to some degree but not COMPLETELY vulnerable

  3. CaptAmeica says:

    Don’t they have security guards? We do here.

    • Apache54 says:

      most all of the grid systems are controlled from a computer or computers, THAT is NOT where the long term issue would come from as that can be repaired, the problem would be IF they hit the transformers!!! of course there are MANY of them but IF you hit a few key ones then you could have lights out for a VERY long time as those are NOT shelf items and take several years to build and as of present are being built overseas!!! hope this clears up some issues.

  4. Kyrathyel says:

    On the Navajo Reservation, there are many, many long miles of towers and lines, all taking electricity to California. There are dozens of unmanned substations. My husband used to drive a truck that delivered to these stations. He had to make an appointment for someone to be there and frequently they “forgot” and it took an hour or more for someone to show up to sign for millions of dollars worth of equipment. Chainlink fence, yeah, razor wire on top, but NEVER human beings, cause they require payment and that would come out of the bosses’ pocket. Disable a few of these stations and Northern California would go dark for a long time.

    I wonder how long it would take for the companies to realize just which station had the problem. How long would it take to get a repair crew from Phoenix? That’s a 7 hour drive. Union guys? Untrained? They would have to order every part from China, they truck it in. Would there be anyone to receive it? I doubt it. Ok, so take it back to Phoenix.

    • Kulafarmer says:

      Not to mention, if someone took a cutting torch to a couple of those towers, how many cuts to turn it all to spagetti

      • SmokinOkie says:

        So what do we need when the lights go out? Tracer rounds!
        .
        Oh say can you see.
        By the dawn’s early light….
        .
        Meanwhile, I’m heading to Des Moines, Iowa. It’s supposed to be on that list of 37 cities for the day of rage. Sadly, though, if they want more than a dozen blacks, they’ll have to bus them in. Ain’t nothin’ but a few blacks there- and they aren’t pissed at the world. I’ll let y’all know if I see anything.
        .
        So far… nothing but farm land. Oh, wait! There in the corn field! It’s a sign by the anti-hunting group. Deer Lives Matter.

    • Acid Etch says:

      WHATDYYA SAY WE MAKE THE FUCKING SHIT IN WHITE AMERICA AGAIN?????

    • WhoWTFKnows... says:

      Nobody’s going to Hack into my OFF-Grid Solar System. Maybe shoot at the solar panel collectors. But you can’t see it from any off property location. Its more reliable than the grid. Storms the other night cut power to my neighbor’s home, but my system ran like a champ. Get off the grid and you can laugh at articles like this. Bwhahahahajajaja.

      -WWTI…

  5. Hoosierally says:

    Efforts are being made to shore up the grid.
    When are we going to stop worrying about being called a hippiecommiehomo global warming alarmist and talk about the 600 pound gorilla in the room?

    http://m.startribune.com/record-setting-deluge-emergency-status-in-35-minnesota-counties/263802331/

    http://video.foxnews.com/v/4997245482001/deadly-thousand-year-flood-hits-west-virginia-/?#sp=show-clips

  6. Sigproshooter says:

    Haha hahaha hahaha, that is some funny shit stevor ! I’ve spent many years working in electrical generation, which is part of transmission, and no, the substations are not protected. Neither is the computer systems. Neither are the transmission towers. The security is a joke. Only the nuke plants have physical security. And they are only people willing to do that job for the offered wage. That is another topic in itself. So no, nothing has really changed other than some new paint over the same rotting structure. This .gov doesn’t want the electrical system truly protected. It is their ace in the hole.

  7. Black Lives Matters protesters go full retard; demand closing all police departments nationwide and no limits on criminal behavior (EXPLICIT)

    Submitted by IWB, on July 14th, 2016

    by Mike Adams

    http://www.naturalnews.com/054664_Black_Lives_Matter_police_departments_social_justice.html

  8. anon says:

    Has there been any blackouts in the nation of any substantial consequence. Nothing on the News. Storm outages are the big concern.
    This electrical failure or attack is way too hyped and beside many of us are prepared for much worse.

    Only the Air Condition Cave Apes have something to fear and lots of stinky people in close quarters.

    • grandee says:

      I would absolutly not like to go w/o AC.

      Dear Hubby says we all would smell like an apes arse.

      I would have to works outside in very early am and dusk. And have lots of gatorade type refreshments to keep going.

      UGH!

      • Plan twice, prep once says:

        I’ve always been amazed that during power failures, people died from the heat, sitting in a chair in their family room, all the while their basement was 10 to 15 degrees cooler?

  9. SpudWeb says:

    “America Could Go Dark”- NOT FREAKING SOON ENOUGH!!! I’ve had enough of these morons with their ‘Pokemon’ Bullshit. Time for a plague or something

  10. bb in GA says:

    I think the Darkening would be strategic rather than tactical. Russia, China would more likely use it as a strategic measure in a war scenario.

    ISIS and their kin, not so much. They would be less likely to do it because there would be minimal PR value in it. Unlike the twin towers strike where there was ample video they could show over and over while celebrating/recruiting, a Darkening in the US would provide very little in propaganda value because the phone and video recorder batteries would be dead in few days.

    The real suffering and ghastly stuff would occur long after the batteries are gone. They are narcissistic enough not to want to miss out on all the ‘fun.’

    <bb

  11. Anonymous says:

    If someone trys to cut my power line to the house I rent, they will be met by the ventilation team with lead nutrients.

  12. TEST says:

    Guys, not to worry! The utter and complete corruption by Hilary, destroying the republic and the last shreds of the rule of law (recall Leona Helmsley and “laws are for little people” schtict) will long since have destroyed the country and turned us into a northern hemisphere Venezuela.

    Our only hope is if Hilary can do some more cattle futures trades, sell some more Los Alamos defense secrets, or give some favors to various international corruptocrats like Geo. Sore-azz, and bring in a few trillion. Then, she might be able to spare a little bit (after she provides herself a few more mansions and pads her bank acct by a few billion) to protect the grid.

    In the meantime, it’s the old Clinton 3 step shuffle that they’ve done for years: Deny, delay, then divert (attention)

  13. Hoosierally says:

    I don’t need no stinkin grid….
    Just thought I would throw that in while I’m waiting for my other comment to clear the censors.???

  14. ppod says:

    I swear a power grid article must automatically pop up every 50 articles. Yet nothing ever happens. ISIS tries to take it down daily but always is and forever will be unsuccessful. I wouldn’t focus on this. Start focusing on what’s ACTUALLY happening right now!

    • Connie Lingus says:

      The muzzies are not too bright. They can’t figure out what to attack until the exact components to attack get blabbed all over the internet.

    • Plan twice, prep once says:

      If the US grid is fragile, then the grid in third world countries is teetering on collapse.

      When I search for the worlds worst and biggest power failures I find one in China that lasted two weeks and affected 4.5 million. Most grid failures lasted less than 24 hours and most averaged 12 hours.

      Western Canada is one of the worst because they sit nearly on the North Magnetic pole so they have little shielding from CME storms on the sun.

      There are many examples of cascade failures, but none have ever become the doomsday scenario we see described here, even in poor nations with terribly weak infrastructure.

  15. America already went dark – SPIRITUALLY!

    Far worse then any power grid. Our (internal) power grids are growing dark!

    The remedy – REPENT!

    • grandee says:

      Most excellent Truth you have stated!

      This country is in the spiritual dark ages.

      So great is the famine of the Word of God.

      So many Biblically illiterate.

      Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

  16. The problem is not the grid itself but the big substation transformers. They are no longer manufactured in the USA and from order to delivery is 2 years. We as a country have only about 5% backups so if they are shot and ruined like in San Jose on a widespread scale we will be dark for a very long time.

    • PeterFrancisco says:

      Excellent point about the lead time on new transformers. Some of the stuff I’ve read says the lead time is a lot further out than that, like a minimum of three years just to get one to replace one that’s obsolete. Throw some major damage into that equation, and the delivery time goes way beyond that.

      On a related note, we need to pay attention to our 500mw substations, because if we are going to see a coordinated physical attack, that’s where it’s going to be. I remember something about a news outfit doing a little research, and they compiled a complete list of these substations from publicly available information, a list they are refusing to publish for obvious reasons. There are 30 substations on that list, and that’s important when you look at how the grid is put together.

      We have three grids in this country: Eastern, Western, and Texas. If you have a coordinated attack where 4 Eastern, 3 Western, and 2 Texas substations from that list are taken out, the result would be a cascading failure of the US power grid that puts the entire country in the dark.

      Look up “stolen propane tanks” and “Hell Cannon” if you’re interested in stuff on how such an attack could come about. You’d be surprised how easy it is to make high-powered, home-made artillery capable of taking out a major substation.

  17. Satori says:

    not yet confirmed
    but supposedly Mike Pence will be Trumps pick for VP

    and in several polls,Trump is either neck and neck with Hillary or actually besting her

    • Apache54 says:

      Satori,
      don’t believe the polls they are screwed up, Trump is ahead lots more than they are showing. BUT just like other elections the majority in this country does NOT rule and that is something we need to change.

  18. anon says:

    Too much religion.

    Had a friend in the military and we did some partying. All in all a good person. Then one day he got religion and started going down to Preach to the Drunk Red Neck crowd outside the bars. I guess he told a few things they did not want to hear. He was beat up every Friday Night because he thought that was the thing to do. Black eyes, broken nose, busted lips, stiches and all sorts of bodily injury. I got transferred. He never called the cops either.

  19. Thinker says:

    Stock market is apparently not crashing so I guess it’s back to the power grid. Starting to wonder if any of this is true !!!

  20. Mr Smith says:

    What you mean like days without a X-Box and 24/7 propaganda from TV boxes.

    No, Never, we would all die 🙂

  21. TnAndy says:

    Your world might go dark….mine runs on solar now with some grid assist. We’d have enough for lights/refrigeration and some convenience items like washing machine.

  22. aljamo says:

    I could live without electricity for a couple of months or so, no lights, no phone, no icebox, no cooking, no distracting noise. Have plenty of candles, lighters, flashlights and batteries, a bunch of gallon water jugs, can food and reading material by daylight. Hell, my electric bill is always under $30 a month, up from about $24 a year ago. Oh yeah, no electric bill, close to a minimalist. I will survive unless the hordes come attacking. That will be an iffy situation.

  23. mallardhen says:

    Glad I never got rid of my family’s oil lamps been toting them around for years also my 2 Aladdin lamps just got some lamp oil and #10 Kerosene so if the lights go I can still see enough to get things done. We have a generator but DH is on a Bi-Pap and O2 at night and I have yet to come up with a solution for that, I know the generator will run out of gas rather quickly so I’ve been looking into a small solar set up just to run his equipment at night. I feel like a Boy Scout Be Prepared.

    If it holds off long enough I’ll get it all done.

  24. Hoosierally says:

    Can you say Fukushima (Fuk-Us-Shima) ?

    Canada–> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yx_XoqXNtRM

  25. The realist says:

    This scenero would suck for all… You all know this … I hope
    This never happens while I’m alive.. I’d rather be working and making $ than sitting around looking for trouble to come my way.. .. Besides – All that would be left to do is to keep
    Shootin at the zombies and stacking them up for tonight’s bonfire!

  26. the Lone Ranger says:

    Eagletac, Fenix, Lumintop, Nitecore & Olight are just some of the better L.E.D. Flashlight manufacturers out there.

    So get yourself at least SIX L.E.D. Flashlights. I recommend the Eagletac D25A and D25A2 to start (both use AA batteries). The “Little Larry” light by Nebo is a great light as well.

    Next, buy Eneloop rechargeable batteries and then a battery charger and a Solar Panel to make that battery charger work.

    In the winter time, use lithium AA batteries because in Cold weather alkaline batteries really do not work (if you keep a light in the dashboard of your car, for example).

    Lastly, put all these flashlights in a Faraday cage in case the guy in North Korea unleashes his EMP weapon from his satellite.

    I myself am paranoid about candles but if you aren’t, more power to you!

    – the Lone Ranger

  27. Old Guy says:

    Yes the sutting down of the grid will be the weapon used to reduce the USA populaion. And they will do it on purpose. They will claim it was some enemy (false flag) and 9 out of ten will perish. They are pushing for race war at present. Let Whitey take care of darky. and them shut down the grid to everyone except themselves.

  28. Deej says:

    Seems better to simply come to terms with an anything-can-happen scenario and courageously accept the possibility of living without electricity. We all need an adjustment in our circadian rhythms anyways. Hang onto integrity. There will be brutes enough.

 

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