Sunday, June 6, 2010

Get ready for a storm 20 times worse than Katrina--from the sun

Here's something else that is going to require more government intervention, regulation and oversight, as well as additional money--lots of additional money: According to NASA, the sun is waking up and is going to kick some butt on earth.

Here's an excerpt from As the sun Awakens, NASA keeps a wary eye on space weather:

Richard Fisher, head of NASA's Heliophysics Division, explains what it's all about:

"The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we're getting together to discuss."

The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled "Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts." It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity. A century-class solar storm, the Academy warned, could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina.

Someone needs to be blamed for this so the Democrats can raise taxes on businesses and rich people. Anyone got any ideas?

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