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Inspire our leaders to negotiate a deal that will give enough money to capitalists in the energy industry for them to accept the deal and enough protection of the grid itself from electro-magnetic pulses , along with a replacement of fossil fuel with renewable energy - so the rest of us on earth can live with it all.
The electro-magnetic pulse is worse and likely to hit sooner than catastrophic climate change. Therefore it should be given priority. The Mason Dixon Line runs right through Yellowstone and Geyser National Parks, which are both too hot for a tunnel with HV-DC. So the main east-west HV-DC line needs to be set further away, either north or south.
We could try taking it north from a connection with the west coast HV-DC through mid-Oregon, crossing and connecting with 100th meridian HV-DC to collect wind power, then angling it just south of Great Lakes serving Milwaukee, Detroit, and Chicago, then pass it through Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania to connect with HV-DC serving the east coast in New Jersey.
HV-DC leaks when it has to change direction. We may need electromagnets, like those in particle accelerators, to turn the electron stream where HV-DC needs to turn a corner. Federal taxpayers will have paid for most of grid once it is fixed to withstand EMP, so we/they need to decide whether to leave utilities as natural monopolies, selling them (on long mortgages!) their own sections of the grid to use as toll roads - or turn them over to federal contractors who can be hired to maintain and operate sections of the grid as freeways when/as rooftop solar and big batteries get more cost-competitive with utility-delivered power.
We still need R&D on energy including sustainable replacement for oil, carbon capture including from ambient air, and carbon storage. It would be desirable for the federal government to buy, from 'too-big-to- fail' MIC firms, most equipment needed to harness renewable energy and barter it for reserves as mineral rights to 'too-big-to-fail' fossil fuel firms; while fossil fuel firms sell electricity wholesale to utilities rather than let fossil fuel fight with wind, solar, etc., in a free market.