Batten down the hatches, dear LFT patron. It’s happening…
Kidding. That’s an article from The Onion. (See? We share because it’s both absurd and funny. The Onion Effect strikes again!)
As the silent coup of the Clintons — and contrecoup of America’s intelligence communities (so says the conspira-sphere… again) — wages on, we want to bring up an important, but extremely neglected topic.
It has to do with the very fragile fabric which holds this delicate thing we call “society” together — the grid.
Look, I’ll give it to you straight.
In the long run, things are looking up for America’s grid. In the short-term, though, not so much. It’s decrepit. It’s dangerous. And quite frankly, given its state — and the constant threat of cyberattacks, erratic weather, solar storms and EMP bursts — I’m shocked it’s been holding up as well as it has.
All of that aside, though, here’s the BIGGEST problem: If you’re like most Americans, you and your family are 100% dependent upon the grid for power.
Admit it. Without it, you’re sitting ducks.
Fortunately, there’s a simple (and cheap) solution. And no, it’s definitely NOT going out and buying a generator from one of those big-box retailers.
In fact, in a moment, you’ll see eight reasons why the generator in your garage is 110% useless in a disaster scenario… and where to find the ONLY one which can weather ANY storm. (See it for yourself and discover why, without it, everything else in your “prepper” hoard is completely USELESS, below.)
Before we get dark, though, here’s a short and bright glimpse of the future.
Pretty incredible innovations are coming down the pike that will, without a doubt, revolutionize the way we economize energy in the future.
Take, for example, the Scanergy Project, which uses cryptocurrencies and the blockchain to decentralize the grid. How it works is simple: “Whenever someone has excess power they don’t need,” Ben Schiller explains on FastCoExist, “they inject it into a local smart grid, generating one NRGcoin for each kilowatt-hour. If, for some reason, they need more power than their solar panel can produce — perhaps it’s a cloudy day — they can buy back one kilowatt-hour at the same price from another actor in the network. If not, they can also sell the NRGcoin on a separate exchange, generating traditional money.”
The advantages are threefold: “First,” Schiller writes, “it incentivizes people to participate, as there’s a ready-made market for whatever power they produce. Second, the price is fixed and baked into the protocol underlying the system; it’s not subject to change if a government decides to stop incentivizing renewable energy, or an energy retailer opts to pay people less money for what they produce (as is happening in states like Nevada). And, third, energy retailers don’t have to pay households in real money: They can use the dedicated currency instead.”
Couple that with Elon Musk’s new Tesla roof tiles with embedded solar panels, and you have a future force to be reckoned with.
“The goal,” Musk said, “is to have solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and actually have an installed cost that’s lower than a regular roof plus the cost of electricity. Why would you buy anything else?”
Until we reach those brighter days, though, we’ll be operating under a grid which even Scientific American admitted in 2013 is “on the edge of failure.” (Miraculously, aside from the further proliferation of smart meters, not much has changed since this article was published, either.)
If you need further confirmation, take what former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan told CBS…
“Our power system is very vulnerable. You could see a shut down by hackers in cyber terror. You could see it shut down for days, weeks or months, crippling this country and causing enormous havoc.”
And what Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) said…
“We are only one act of madness away from a social cataclysm unlike anything our country has ever known.”
And what Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) of the Homeland Security Committee said is pretty chilling, too…
“The likelihood of a severe geo-magnetic event capable of crippling our electric grid is 100%.”
Former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett takes the cake with his warning:
“We could have events in the future where the power grid will go down and it’s not, in any reasonable time, coming back up… Our power grid is very vulnerable. It’s very much on edge. Our military knows that. There are a number of events that could create a situation in the cities where civil unrest would be a very high probability.
“I think that those who can, and those who understand, need to take advantage of the opportunity when these winds of strife are not blowing to move their families out of the city.”
As you’ll see in a moment, there’s plenty to be worried about. But that doesn’t guarantee the worst-case-scenario WILL happen. Not one bit.
All it means is you should take sober steps toward ensuring the safety of your loved ones by preparing for any type of disaster — especially a prolonged power outage.
Once you have all the basics covered, such as food, water, sanitation needs, first aid kits, etc., finding an EMP-proof generator that’s quiet enough not to alert roving criminal passersby is a VERY good idea.
Unfortunately, you’re not going to find what you’ll need at the retail store. In fact, when it comes to disaster planning, EVERY generator in the stores, as far as disaster-planning goes, is a piece of JUNK that’ll either kill you, get you killed or leave you stranded.
Today, to prove it, we invite Lee Bellinger to give you EIGHT reasons the big name generators are 100% useless during disasters.
Moreover, Lee will show you the ONLY one which has the mettle to weather any storm. (It was even CRUSHED like a soda can when one was recently hit by a truck and STILL worked.)
Read on below…
[Ed. note: The following article was adapted from a presentation Lee Bellinger, founder of Independent Living, gave about the PowerWhisperer generator. As you can see below, the generator took an absolute BEATING after getting run over by a truck (and what machine wouldn’t?). Thing is, when Lee hit the switch, she still purred! Pretty amazing.
Hit the play button to check out the PowerWhisperer right now…
WARNING: 8 Reasons Big-Box Store Generators
Are Completely Useless in Disasters
It’s easy to see why these generators are complete failures. They are designed in big office buildings by corporate engineers who look at spreadsheets.
They spend their days “analyzing the market” not in the trenches trying to survive. I’ve dedicated my life to survival and independent living so it was very easy for me to spot the failures that a guy in a tie in a high-rise building would never see.
Here are just the most obvious failures of 99% of backup power sources:
In a disaster, there’s a serious possibility you won’t be able to stay in your current home. Disaster zones are often evacuated by local law enforcement, completely destroyed, or in the middle of social chaos. Whether you plan for a bug out location or stay with a friend, you’ll want to bring your power with you.
The generators I’ve found with enough power just to run a small appliances like a portable refrigerator for any amount of time are cumbersome and nearly impossible to move. The small, portable versions can barely keep up with the demands of a tailgate party, let alone sustain any meaningful living.
[The PowerWhisperer, on the other hand, checks out in terms of mobility. You can pack it up and move it in a moment’s notice. See how here.]
There are a variety of different fuel types for generators — natural gas, diesel, propane, etc. What all of these energy sources have in common is this: If the local infrastructure breaks down, the supply chain becomes non-existent. Which means you’re huge, immobile backup power meant for your whole house won’t be running anything.
If you don’t have a reliable supply chain, a big-box generator will only provide you with a few days of use at most. What happens in situations like Hurricane Sandy where Rockaway residents were without power for nearly two months.
Did they stop needing heat after a few days? What about ways to cook their food. In fact, as the autumn weather transitioned to the Northeast winter… needs for reliable power increased.
[The PowerWhisperer is the ONLY reliable generator built to last in any scenario you toss its way.]
Traditional internal-combustion engine generators suffer from something called harmonic distortion. The engine just cannot maintain exact RPMs to keep consistent output. That’s ok when you’re running something like a refrigerator or power tool. But when you plug in a laptop, cell phone, or GPS power spikes can easily fry the sensitive components.
[The Powerwhisperer easily solves this problem and protects your digital devices. Click here to see how.]
Run a traditional generator during the day in a busy neighborhood and it just blends into the everyday noise. When the power’s out on your block, it echoes down the street. Try that at a quiet camping location and you’ll soon be a target of some angry neighbors. More than that, you’ll be broadcasting to the whole neighborhood that you have power. Prepare for less-prepared visitors who MUST charge their cell phone. Watch them suck away your family’s limited resources.
[Hence the name, the PowerWhisperer purrs softer than a kitten. Nobody has to know it’s powering your place.]
Of the 931 Carbon Monoxide deaths in the last 14 years, generators were responsible for 800 of them. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, hundreds of people kept their generators in their home to prevent theft — to have these poison-producing machines kill them in their sleep. You can either 1) keep your generator outside and risk losing it to looters or 2) sleep indoors in a gas chamber of your own making.
[Again, not a problem here.]
Big companies like Honda and Champion have employees whose entire job is to select colors. They do all kinds of fancy research including focus groups, market trends, and miles-long reports. What they don’t do is spend time in disaster-zones thinking about the practical implications of a bright yellow piece of life-saving equipment. You might as well put a big red arrow that says “STEAL THIS MACHINE!”
[You guessed it. The PowerWhisperer anticipated this, too.]
I’ve been called paranoid until I’m proven right.
It’d make me laugh if it didn’t terrify me. Over and over again, I’ve warned of problems on the horizon only to receive eye rolls or worse. An EMP attack is one of those warnings. We are stupid if we think that it will never happen. So continue to stock up on equipment that will do you ZERO good.
But hey, at least it’s cheap.
[Ed. note: Or, you can take the road less traveled and check out the PowerWhisperer, which checks out in ALL eight categories. If you reserve yours today, as a bonus for you, a valued Laissez Faire Today reader, you’ll also receive a FREE EvacPack Bugout Bag. It’s perfect if you don’t already have a survival bag in your car or cached somewhere along an escape route.
Founder, Independent Living
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