Earlier photo of Congressman Bartlett. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Putting resisters on all high-voltage transformers could cost $150 million to $200 million.
Paul Werbos, an expert in the field of decision theory, said that given the chance of a trillion-dollar solar storm, installing resisters and taking other measures to mitigate the risk is a "no-brainer ... We should just go ahead and do it."
Representative Roscoe Bartlett, a Maryland Republican,agreed. On Friday, he submitted a resolution to the House of Representatives encouraging U.S. communities to develop civil defense programs to prepare for sustained power outages, including providing 20 percent of all power needs locally in theevent that the national electric grid goes down.