A one time investment of $2 billion – less than the cost of the 2012 Presidential election – would provide our national electric grid robust EMP protection. Yet, Congress hasn’t passed the SHIELD Act. –
Phi Beta Iota: The reality is that we can protect the entire system at no cost from sun storms by shutting it down; protecting from human threats is not going to be solved by a $2 billion investment because there are too many ways to wreck the system with a few well placed 50 caliber rounds or thermite grenades. What we really need to be doing is taking every town off the grid over the next ten years, with localized solar and wind and geothermal power. Centralized everything — be it energy or intelligence — is wasteful and ineffective. Resilience is local.