COULD A ‘SOLAR MAXIMUM’ EVENT SPARK FOOD RIOTS AND MELTDOWNS? (ONE RESPECTED SCIENTIST SAYS ‘YES!’)
November 25, 2012
If Earth is struck by a large solar flare, some in the scientific community believe:
The planet will be hit with a widespread loss of power.
Air travel would be grounded.
Nuclear plants would be crippled and without sufficient back-up power, dozens could meltdown.
Satellites would be disabled, causing a serious loss of communication in all areas (military and civilian).
Food and medicine would be in short supply, setting up the potential for food riots within days of an outage.
The same scientists who believe that a large solar strike could lead to a very rapid societal breakdown say that steps to avoid the problem are available and at a relatively low cost to all of us. What is a “relatively low cost?” They estimate the amount of money needed to insulate the power grid (and ourselves) from trouble to be less than one dollar per American. But Congress said “no” to their proposal.
Is there really cause for concern?