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Got Power? The EMP Threat Grows With Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities [Complete Audio Interview]

"The American people are being lied to...."

That is a statement that sends a shiver down my spine every time it's spoken.

Thirty plus years ago, I was an idealistic young woman who chose to pursue the career of journalism. My understanding of the career, at that time, was rooted in a deep respect for the U.S. Constitution. (I'm eternally grateful to my high school History and American Government teachers)

I suppose there was a little romanticism thrown in too for good measure, because I saw the role of a journalist falling some where between Under Dog and Superman. You know, protecting the American people from the tyranny of the rich and powerful, that 'Truth, Justice, and the American Way' sort of thing.

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Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media
Photo, Susan Patten, Townsquare Media

Got Power? Maine PUC Report on GMD/EMP Threat to Grid [Full Report]

For some time now, national experts have been sounding the alarm regarding the vulnerability of our nation's electric power infrastructure.

The threat to the electric grid comes from three possible sources; solar space weather, a nuclear detonation in our atmosphere, or a cyber attack.

Last year, the Maine Legislature required the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to study the impact that a geomagnetic disturbance (GMD), or electromagnetic pulse (EMP), could have on the power grid.

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Got Power? Maine Doesn’t Wait for Washington to Respond-Should You? [Videos]

As a great statement of pride, it's often been said, "As Maine goes, so goes the Nation."

Many people throughout the country, right now, are sincerely hoping Maine continues its push to do the right thing.

These people are holding Maine's efforts up to others, as a positive model of assuming responsibility and being proactive, to protect the well being of its citizens in the face of a very real and grave threat.

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Got Power? Focus on the EMP Threat Grows as Maine PUC Continues Its Study

It was revealed Monday in an intense meeting in Washington D.C., that two weeks ago, Earth came very close to taking a direct hit from a massive solar flare.

That solar flare was strong enough to wipe out power grids, vehicles, and cell phones.

Those meeting in Washington Monday said that between cyber threats, terrorism, and the sun's very active state, we are playing a very dangerous game of Russian roulette with our electric infrastructure.

 

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Got Power? Congress Starts to Act to Protect the Grid as Volcanoes Erupt on Sun and Tensions Escalate in Middle East

For a majority of Mainer's the longest they can remember going without electricity is a few weeks and that was during the Ice Storm of '98.

Another natural phenomenon could very realistically trigger a catastrophic power outage that could plu

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Maine Senator Susan Collins (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Maine Senator Susan Collins (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Got Power? Maine Senator Susan Collins on Boston Terror Attacks and Other Threats Against our Nation

It's hard to believe.

Even after we unite as a nation once again to mourn the loss of innocent lives as a result of the Boston terror attacks, we still have a hard time comprehending some of the threats we face as a nation.

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Photo Credit-Getty Images

Got Power? The Threat is Real and the Maine PUC is Directed to Investigate

Over two-hundred Mainer's continue to come to terms with their very personal experience with terrorism in the wake of the Boston Marathon attack. The nation unites to mourn not only the loss of life, but once again, the loss of innocence and tranquility.

A loss of life and tranquility is precisely what a Maine legislator is trying to prevent in Maine in the face of the extreme threats to our electrical infrastructure.

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Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images

Got Power? North Korea and Iran; Different Ideologies with a Mutual Goal (Complete Interview Audio)

Reza Kahlili Part 1

Reza Kahlili Part 2

While tensions escalate with North Korea analysts and military experts agree there are many factors that make this threat potentially more unusual and serious than the fairly routine muscle flexing we've experienced with North Korea in the past.

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News Photo-Susan Patten/Townsquare Media
News Photo-Susan Patten/Townsquare Media

Got Power? The Truth is Stranger than Fiction; Solar Storms and Terrorist Nations Do Exist

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what's a Google Earth satellite image of a new Iranian nuclear site worth?

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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Got Power? The Blackout That Doesn’t End – Can Maine Kick Start the Nation?

We are a country dependent on technology and convenience, which requires electricity, and it could be shutdown in a matter of seconds. It wouldn't be a temporary blackout either. Every precious electronic device we depend on would essentially be fried. All it would take is a solar flare or nuclear detonation at the right altitude.

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