Sunday, March 29, 2009

You Want Something Worse Than Katrina or Ike (or Krakatoa)? Here It Is...

FuturePundit: Solar Carrington Event Repeat Today Would Collapse Civilization:

First to go - immediately for some people - is drinkable water. Anyone living in a high-rise apartment, where water has to be pumped to reach them, would be cut off straight away. For the rest, drinking water will still come through the taps for maybe half a day. With no electricity to pump water from reservoirs, there is no more after that... There is simply no electrically powered transport: no trains, underground or overground. Our just-in-time culture for delivery networks may represent the pinnacle of efficiency, but it means that supermarket shelves would empty very quickly - delivery trucks could only keep running until their tanks ran out of fuel, and there is no electricity to pump any more from the underground tanks at filling stations.

Read it. And then be very scared. I haven't heard anyone talking about spending money for this anywhere in the Obama Stimulus. Trillions to "build infrastructure" and "save or create jobs" and we could still face this. I wonder if my old Faraday cage would avail me here...?

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