Posted by: Ann Corcoran | August 21, 2012

Bartlett should run as Nation’s elderly scientist-in-chief

.…we need one and in fact he is the only Phd scientist I’m aware of in the US Congress.

I meant to post the Washington Post story about MD Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, the survivalist, a few days ago but never got around to it.  Now, I see Drudge has a link to it.  Although some viewed the Post piece as being a bit snarky—you know, older guy worried about a major catastrophic event and being prepared for it.  But, everyone needs to take a little lesson in preparedness even if it’s only to be ready for the next major hurricane or snowstorm.

If I were Bartlett I would be building a campaign around my scientific training and background.  At least one Member of Congress should be focused on real science and not that junk we hear about all the time from the mainstream media.

Anyway, here is the Post story, please read it.

Are you ready for one second after?

The grid could be crippled at least four different ways, Bartlett says: terrorist assaults on power substations, a cyberattack, a massive solar storm and an electromagnetic pulse attack.

Bartlett has for decades warned of the harm of an EMP attack — a nuclear detonation in the atmosphere that could fry computers and anything with an electric circuit — in his writings, in legislation and in late-night speeches on the House floor, though experts differ on the seriousness of the threat. Some agree the dangers are real, while others say such an attack is unlikely and the potential effects remain uncertain.

At a Go Green Energy Expo organized by his office in Frederick last month, Bartlett mentioned “One Second After” and asked, “How many of you have read the book?” He asked the same question at the recent Capitol Hill event.

The 2009 novel imagines an EMP attack on the United States, focusing on efforts to survive by residents of a North Carolina mountain town. “One Second After” was written by William R. Forstchen, who is also known for co-writing counterfactual historical novels with former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

Read it all.

If the 6th District elects Democrat John Delaney, what will we have but one more uber rich banker/businessman/hedge fund guy from the Washington suburbs.  Compare that Delaney bio (ho hum Columbia University/Georgetown Law) with that of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett’s one-of-a-kind bio.  I’ll take the scientist-in-chief for one more term.



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