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Just so there will be no question in the dismal future, the electrical engineering community has pointed out quite clearly that this is a bad idea.

In a massive geomagnetic storm that could trigger a long-term power outage across large portions of the globe, the world's 400-some nuclear plants would be particularly vulnerable to catastrophic failure, for two reasons.


http://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/the-smarter-grid/a-perfect-storm-of-planetary-proportions/0/hundreds -of-fukushimas

This is one of the most certain-to-happen of the various catastrophes that will occur within the next few decades. I'm not sure how to prioritize it compared to climate change, bird flu, massive socio-economic dislocation, etc., but this one is particularly frustrating because the technical experts say that the scenario WILL HAPPEN, and that there is a KNOWN WAY TO PREVENT IT, but there is no social support for doing anything about it.

by asdf on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:09:11 PM EST
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We really should have a diary on this subject, to examine the portential effects, and whatever mitigations are available. Otherwise it's really chaos isn't it.

Imagine if the grid went down for weeks during the cold snap, as a starting point. Even onshore wind wouldn't help much if half the transformers are knocked out.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 04:40:33 AM EST
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I echo Crazy Horse: diary!

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 09:33:53 AM EST
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If i've richtig understood the potential of the sun's terrorist attack on the magnetosphere, we're basically talking global martial law, in a field of total chaotic breakdown.

forget about internet and street lights, such an event means water pumps don't pump. 200 core melts are the least of the immediate problems.

i keep coming back to a discussion that gets no props, that this civilization is not prepared to accept the results of its lack of understanding of life and the sustainable connections.

Just so one understands, the backlog on various sized transformers is currently 9 months +/-. That means when grids are destroyed, not much could be replaced before hundreds of millions of people die, because hundreds of millions of poisoned food animals would already be dead because factory farms wouldn't be able to keep them alive. Not to mention the Tankstelle would be closed.

and i probably wouldn't be able to communicate with you even on Open Thread.

Afterwards, in their last moments. most people would have come to the realization that we did something wrong, but couldn't quite get a handle on what.

An unfinished script of mine begins with a lone Mohawk paddling his canoe down the Hudson river, between flooded people-less skyscrapers.

So yeah, i think we should have a diary.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 01:24:08 PM EST
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Perhaps i meant to say everything is completely normal until it happens, and then there will not be a normal for a very long time.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Feb 18th, 2012 at 01:26:17 PM EST
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