ElectroMagnetic Pulse, or EMP, is a grave threat to every single American today. In fact, it is such a great threat, that instead of the ABCs of WMD (Atomic, Biological, and Chemical weapons), it should really be ABC...EMP.
Not even a few a three-stage Teller–Ulam design hydrogen (thermonuclear) warheads with a yield in the 10-25 Megaton range (equivalent to 10-30 MILLION TONS (20-60 BILLION POUNDS) of TNT detonating at the same time in the same place), detonated directly above our three largest cities, killing millions, would come close to the destruction of three strategically-placed, small nuclear warheads detonated at a certain number of kilometers above the ground.
Yes, immediate deaths from the thermonuclear warheads targeting our largest cities would be much higher. However, over a period of weeks, and then months, deaths could easily reach a hundred million Americans or more, depending upon amount and distribution of relief aid (assuming any, much less enough, comes, within the first two years), and let's face it, I would only expect certain nations to provide any relief at all: The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada, if they aren't knocked out, too (EMP attacks would most likely take out the vast majority of Canada's electronics/electric infrastructure, as well). The death rate would skyrocket with each passing week, then taper off, until eventually, reaching an equilibrium, where the significantly reduced population of America could again be self-sufficient. An America without electricity cannot possibly sustain our current population, or to be brutally honest, half of it.
It is quite possible that MORE THAN HALF of our population COULD die within the first year or two, with time increasing the body count quite a bit among the elderly and the young. Both age groups would fall prey to the realities of a world without electricity, and diseases which were conquered once upon a time would resume their ghastly work among the youth who haven't received all of, or any of, the vaccinations they would have had if they had been born a few years prior...and the elderly, with their weakened immune systems, due to undernourishment, and a lack of antibiotics and/or other medications...
This is because our entire civilization is dependent upon many things which require electricity and microchips, and those things which have pushed our life expectancy so dramatically high compared to Revolutionary War times, that once they're removed, everybody saved by technology will succumb to the realities of a post-electrified America. Electricity, and all it enables, gone in an instant, with no warning, and no relief in sight. If a successful EMP attack targets America, our paradigm won't have simply shifted; it will have been burned out of existence. Just imagine attempting to farm for 310 Million Americans without modern tractors, since even those that would still run, need fuel that isn't being delivered anymore.
For a full overview of what could happen in the event of an EMP attack, the book which both Glenn Beck and I strongly recommend: One Second After. It goes into quite a bit of detail, providing a realistic assessment of the real-world threats from a successful EMP attack, in a suspenseful novel format, which is easy for most Americans to enjoy (those who can read; I realize that The 9.12 Project Network is wholly comprised of people who read, the vast majority at a rather advanced level, but our Marxist Government Indoctrination Centers Public Schools have failed far too many Americans in the critical, foundational area of reading).
Refrigeration, gone. No food, medical supplies, or anything else that requires refrigeration. No frozen food. No ice. No vaccines. No insulin once your supply runs out, or goes bad. No lights when the sun goes down. No ventilation in our well-insulated, but sealed-off homes. No alarm systems. No air conditioning or central heating (since fuel oil & propane deliveries cease immediately, and pumps which feed natural gas pipes also cease with an EMP attack). Circuit boards which are essential to modern vehicles, cars, trucks, AND motorcycles, IIRC, all fried instantly (as well as the spares, since an EMP wave fries everything it contacts, not just those things connected to the electric grid). Pretty much everything which is electrical, rather than purely mechanical, could potentially be knocked out, depending upon the strength of the EMP.
Truck transportation would cease, and local stores would no longer receive shipments of...ANYTHING, for a period of AT LEAST months, and possibly years. All manufacturing that relies on electricity (99.9% here in America) would immediately cease. Again, remember that stores would no longer receive shipments, so once they're cleared out, they would remain empty. Think about that. You'll only have access to what you've stockpiled. Once doctor's offices and hospitals ran out of supplies, they would no longer have access to sterile bandages, or anything else, until they learned to make them, and made time to do so, which would be no easy task, since they would all be busy ensuring the survival of their own families.
This cannot be stressed enough, so please think hard about this. No shipments of clothing, shoes, food, vehicles, auto parts, bicycles, drinks, fuel, or any other manufactured goods or commodities from far-away locations; what you have stockpiled is all you'll get, unless you have enough gold to quickly acquire new supplies prior to the realization of how worthless gold becomes when you're starving to death. And when it comes to bartering, consider the value of those things which many others have to barter, and the value of those things few people have in quantity. Sugar, dairy, and meat (not to mention beans, since few think to stockpile protein-rich foods) will be far more valuable than they are today. Those who do store food tend to store grains first, and wisely so, since those are essential to survival. But few store protein-rich food ingredients. Hunters will eat better than the vast majority of Americans. Once their bullets run out, if they don't have the ability to manufacture more...
Steam cars would work, as would cars built in the 1970's or earlier, and the occasional EMP-hardened military vehicles would work, as well as those in particularly deep, well-shielded underground parking lots at the moment of nuclear warhead airburst-induced EMP...some of them, anyway, but over 99.99 percent of vehicles in America would instantly die for good, making our roads and highways a junkyard of epic proportions, and mass transportation vehicles would, except for steam-powered trains (and perhaps some old diesel models), roll to a stop (in some cases, even trapping their occupants until they broke out of them), the riders walking the rest of the way to their destinations (or in many cases, turning around and walking back home to their families). The lack of wild horses, since the government slaughters millions of them each decade, would become very conspicuous indeed, and the value of horses would skyrocket.
Every airplane without manual, mechanical controls with direct mechanical links would likely fall from the sky, with a much higher death toll if the attack happened during the day, when thousands of airplanes were airborne, rather than the hundreds in flight at night. Those crashing in populated areas could significantly boost the body count.
Virtually all communications would be knocked out...only hardened military gear and vacuum tube-based radio communication gear would continue to function. That's the really, really old stuff. Every cell phone in the country, instantly gone. Same with all transistor radios.
What if a loved one has a difficult birth requiring surgery or C-Section? Or any life-saving surgery? Time to pray, and prepare to grieve your loss. Need insulin to keep your child, your mom or dad, or a sibling or friend alive? Prepare to say goodbye. Savor your limited time remaining. Have a loved one with a cut that is infected? Pray, and if it doesn't soon heal, prepare to grieve. Accidents and sicknesses we don't give a second thought to, which are mere inconveniences in our current civilization, are suddenly lethal threats.
Just imagine, every surgery is a potential death sentence, as is any wound not fixed with a band-aid and your supply of an antibiotic ointment (such as Neosporin--hope you have enough of a supply of this stuff to last your family at least a year, possibly more, and much more, if you intend to barter or share). No more blood pressure medication, no more anti-rejection drugs, no more cancer treatment. Once the supply of scalpels, bandages, etc. run out, no more modern surgery, painful or otherwise. Once the anesthetics on hand run out, no more anesthetics to make surgery bearable.
No more food delivered in trucks at your local store. In fact, all deliveries by truck will cease. Only what is in the fields owned by a neighbor or corporation nearby...and what is on your shelves. No more water coming out of your faucet once the water pressure drops (and that happens quickly once the pumps stop, unless your water pressure is due to gravity). Even if your water comes from a tank, once it runs out, say goodbye to water you don't carry yourself from a source nearby (if one exists within walking distance). No more showers, and when you run out of soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc. no more modern toiletries and hygiene. Prepare to go long, long times without bathing. No more flushing toilets, once the water pressure is gone, and let's not even go into what could happen with sewers.
Imagine no more air filtration, no more fire suppression, the fire hydrants all become monuments to a more civilized age. Imagine no Internet, no talk radio, no television, phones, etc. Western Union stopped doing telegraphs in 2006, so no telegraphs, either.
Here's the first video clip that helps illustrate the threat of EMP, from 33 Minutes (full trailer at the bottom of this discussion article): http://www.the912project.us/forum/topic/show?id=2881797%3ATopic%3A1123340&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic