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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 plunge the United States into darkness, possibly for years...

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