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David Pyne: Geopolitical Threat Assessment

Broadcast Running Time: 26:34

John Loeffler

July 13, 2021

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There are many threats to the United States, but few are being examined thoroughly by those who could do something about them. Joining us today is David Pyne (emptaskforce.us), a Director with the EMP Task Force on National and Homeland Security. He and John discuss a variety of sobering topics including our missile defense system, how we would fare should China or Russia attack us, and why power companies strongly resist hardening the grid against a possible future EMP attack. When confronting a problem, it always helps to know the reality of the situation, otherwise you have virtually no shot at succeeding.

Two months ago today, Texas experienced a rare winter blast resulting in a widespread blackout. Debate has since raged over what source of energy was to blame. Robert Murphy (independent.org), Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, joins us today, to clear up the debate, having spent time looking at the data. He discusses the sometimes competing narratives about wind energy in Texas, whether natural gas stepped up during the crisis, and why Texas is on its own grid. He and John also zoom out and look at the broader energy picture in the U.S., including the role renewables play and whether nuclear is a valid option.