Why Has The White House Suddenly Released A Strategy For Dealing With The Threat Of A Catastrophic Meteor Impact?

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Meteor Impact - Public DomainDoes the White House know something that the rest of us do not? As the Obama administration draws to a close, the White House has suddenly released a major document that details a multi-pronged strategy for dealing with the threat of a catastrophic meteor impact. Most of us remember movies such as “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon” that attempted to depict what such a crisis would look like, but up until fairly recently the U.S. government has never seemed to take this kind of threat very seriously.

 

So what has changed?

Of all the things that the White House could be focusing on, why this?

And this new report is just the latest in a series of measures that the government has taken over the past couple of years to help prepare us for incoming meteors and asteroids. The following is an excerpt from a recent Gizmodo article

Concern over an apocalyptic asteroid strike has risen all the way to the top: The White House released a document this week detailing a strategy for National Near Earth Object (NEO) preparedness. Morgan Freeman would no doubt be proud, although honestly, the nation might have more pressing apocalypse concerns closer to home.

Last year brought renewed interest in handling humanity-ending impact events. After a 2014 audit showed that NASA had a cruddy NEO preparedness system, the agency founded a new Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) last year to detect all of our potentially nasty NEO neighbors. The office quickly escalated talk to action, running preparedness drills with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), launching spacecraft to gather asteroid information, and even drawing up plans to nuke the bad boys out of the sky if things get dicey.

NASA continues to assure us that no threat is imminent, so why spend so much time, energy and resources on a non-existent crisis?

If you want to read the 25 page document that the White House just released, it is entitled “National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy” and you can read it for yourself right here.

The document was put together by the Interagency Working Group for Detecting and Mitigating the Impact of Earth-bound Near-Earth Objects, and it outlined seven key objectives that the authors believe are important…

1. Enhance NEO detection, tracking, and characterization capabilities
2. Develop methods for NEO deflection and disruption
3. Improve modelling, predictions, and information integration
4. Develop emergency procedures for NEO impact scenarios
5. Establish NEO impact response and recovery procedures
6. Leverage and support international cooperation
7. Establish coordination and communications protocols and thresholds for taking action

And without a doubt, we definitely do need to enhance our detection abilities. Just the other day, a very large asteroid barely missed us, and we had only discovered it two days earlier

Early Monday morning, while the US East Coast was pouring coffee, dropping kids off at school, and cursing in traffic, a space rock as big as a 10-story building slipped past Earth.

The asteroid, dubbed 2017 AG13, was discovered only Saturday by the University of Arizona’s Catalina Sky Survey, according to an email from Slooh, a company that broadcasts live views of space.

We were very fortunate this time, but the truth is that our planet crosses paths with other giant space rocks on a very regular basis.

In fact, a near-Earth object that is being called “a cross between an asteroid and a comet” will come fairly close to our planet in February

The latter “object”, dubbed the 2016 WF9, was detected by NASA in late November and has left scientist’s scratching their heads.

They have described the celestial rock as a cross between an asteroid and a comet.

It’s in the middle of its of.9 year orbit between Jupiter and Earth and will approach us on February 25, flying by at a distance of 32million miles from the planet.

Currently, approximately 10,000 major near-Earth objects have been identified by scientists, and about 10 percent of them are one kilometer or larger in size.

If one of those monsters directly hit our planet, we truly would be facing an extinction-level event.

For example, just imagine the kind of devastation that would happen if a large asteroid or meteor hit the Atlantic Ocean. Tsunami waves hundreds of feet tall would be sent racing toward the coasts of North America, South America, Africa and western Europe, and millions upon millions of people would die.

This is something that scientists have actually studied. According to a study conducted at the University of California at Santa Cruz, if a giant meteor did strike the Atlantic Ocean we could potentially see tsunami waves as high as 400 feet slam into the east coast of the United States…

If an asteroid crashes into the Earth, it is likely to splash down somewhere in the oceans that cover 70 percent of the planet’s surface. Huge tsunami waves, spreading out from the impact site like the ripples from a rock tossed into a pond, would inundate heavily populated coastal areas. A computer simulation of an asteroid impact tsunami developed by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows waves as high as 400 feet sweeping onto the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

Depending on where the meteor strikes, we could potentially see New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Charleston, Miami and countless other major coastal cities all wiped out on a single day.

Right now, 39 percent of all Americans live in a county that directly borders a shoreline.

To say that we are vulnerable to a massive tsunami caused by a meteor impact would be a massive understatement.

And scientists assure us that it will happen someday. In fact, I don’t know if you have noticed, but our area of space seems to have a lot more “traffic” in it these days. NASA tells us that there is nothing to be worried about, but others are concerned that something may be coming toward us or that we are moving toward something.

Ultimately, we need to remember that we are essentially a speck of dust hurtling through a massive galaxy at incredibly high speeds, and our galaxy is only an extremely small part of an absolutely enormous and ever changing universe.

But instead of turning to the author and creator of this incredible universe for blessing and protection, we continue to defy Him and His ways. In the end, that is going to turn out to be a tragic mistake.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The Most Important News. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

 
  • Jim Davis

    Depending on where the meteor strikes, we could potentially see New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Charleston, Miami and countless other major coastal cities all wiped out on a single day.

    Is that a threat or a promise? LOL!

    • Adoni

      A blessing!

    • Joe Richard

      ? A dust cloud would cover the whole earth.

  • Tatiana Covington

    These things do happen. The dinosaurs were caught napping. Let’s us not do the same thing.

    • Joe Richard

      You sir are confused. The meteor does not depend on our actions.

      • Tatiana Covington

        50 or 100 yr hence, were there such a thing (not too big) it would. 250 yr hence, we could reach up and brush even the Chicxulub impactor away.

  • K

    Wormwood

    • Chris Gerber

      Not talked about much in the every day chatter of the world.. but I’ll say yes… probably. There are myriad subjects that are being talked about now and some of us wonder why now? I immediately start to think of the proximity of an event about to happen on the biblical timeline.

  • DJohn1

    The problem is there is something approaching the outer asteroid belt beyond Neptune. No one knows what it is or what it looks like. But it might be as big as the Earth or even something much larger than the Earth like another Uranus or Neptune.
    When such an object disrupts the belt then all kinds of objects might come our way.
    Our immediate neighborhood of stars has any number of objects called Red and Brown Dwarf stars. The closest one being at Alpha Centuri which is less than 5 light years away.
    These stars are small and very dense. So objects with elements in them like iron/nickel cores appear to be common throughout the solar system. Which in and of itself is full of fragments of something big.
    We cannot locate a brown dwarf in our immediate solar system because it is probably too far out. Such an object could be 1.5 light years out. And still be rotating around our Sun.
    But the said object is likely to not be in the same alignment with the planets we know. It could be as much as 55 degrees off.
    Nothing says it is rotating around the Sun in the same direction as the Earth rotates around the Sun.
    If said object is coming into the outer solar region, there is nothing to say it doesn’t have planets around it. A Saturn sized object coming in as far as Saturn or Jupiter might have enormous baggage behind it in the form of a whole lot of comets and asteroids dragged in.
    Such a sized gas giant need not have even originated with the Brown Dwarf I refer to.
    We tend to think of geology as static. That nothing new is happening anywhere soon. Yet there is direct evidence of Venus being a relatively new planet in the solar system.
    When that happened is anyone’s guess.
    Evidence includes a retrograde spin. The day is 268 earth days long. The planet rotates around the Sun in 222 Earth Days.
    The atmosphere is 15 times heavier than the one around the Earth.
    The planet itself is a mess of Volcanoes and lava.
    So where did it come from?
    Our planet has pyramids. I suggest these pyramids did not originate as burial sites but as shelters against catastrophe like might be approaching now. The engineering of the older pyramids is something we might have a problem reproducing even today.
    We are currently on a world of catastrophic events. That civilization is currently technologically on a high level is only as good as the next event that drives everyone back to the stone age.
    I suggest there is nothing new. That catastrophes have sent civilization backwards many times before.
    IF an object is approaching our solar system, then asteroids and comets hitting our planet goes way up in respect to what we have had in the recent past.

  • Seen2013

    “NASA continues to assure us that no threat is imminent, so why spend so
    much time, energy and resources on a non-existent crisis?”

    1). Nature is a cycle what has happened tends to happen again in a similar fashion History has a tendency to repeat/rhyme.
    2). Many agencies are compelled to also view the socio-economic-political impact given failed predictions or projections in the past.
    Such as if memory serves Apophis is supposed to loop around and may or may not hit a keyhole that might send it hurtling towards the planet.
    3). Of natural disasters, Impacts of Asteroids/Comets are the disaster that many believe with the proper method is preventable.
    The issue is the main deflection method is a standoff nuke or blasting it to pieces; the problem here is that scientifically it is believed Asteroids that are full of air sacks are largely immune to such a method, and they tend to explode above ground level.

    • Tatiana Covington

      Why? Because it has happened before and it will happen again, eventually. Vide Tunguska and Chelyabinsk.

      • Seen2013

        The biggest lobbyist is nuclear standoff or blast it to pieces, and this is the same lobbyists who argue nuclear energy despite radiation and radioactive isotopes is an alternative to fossil fuels therefore makes for big, big, money despite also being considered one of the least successful methods practically guaranteeing either a ‘cluster bomb’ or the asteroid/comet shrugging it off.

        The present primary is nuclear methods, and Tunguska was believed to be caused by an asteroid full of air-sacks by fragments recovered on site that would have penetrated the nuclear method’s attempts.

  • Zeke Clinton

    The SMOD that many have been calling for?

  • John

    “Ultimately, we need to remember that we are essentially a speck of dust hurtling through a massive galaxy at incredibly high speeds, and our galaxy is only an extremely small part of an absolutely enormous and ever changing universe.” Obviously the writer has been brainwashed like the rest of us were regarding this. Unfortunately he is also a Christian, but he does not understand the universe that God made so he quotes the universe that science created. It is nothing more than a diversion to get people to believe science instead of God. It’s all Theory, a guess, an assumption, but yet taught as fact. Christians should never promote this lie, they should educate the world about the universe that God made.

    • Joe Richard

      I’m not sure what you are talking about? A theory has been supported with strong evidence by the scientific community, and there is no diversion here. All NASA did was create a report in preparation? Do you not prepare for your future? Is that why you continue to reply on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and social plans just to survive? I think you need to rethink your life, brother.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Q: So if two small asteroids were to precisely hit Pyongyang and Tehran, which would leave the bigger crater?

    A: Who cares?

    • Joe Richard

      What do you define as small? An asteroid 1 km wide could wipe out the whole planet!

      • Tatiana Covington

        50 meters wide, nickel-iron siderite, impact at say 18 km/sec, that should do fine.

  • Truthing

    Of course, something IS going to hit us! My guess is soon. How come no one is talking about the trumpet judgments of Revelation that are soon to arrest the attention of every living soul? The first one burns up 1/3 of all the trees and all the grass. This includes fruit trees and all grain/grass crops.
    Trumpet two sounds as if it could be an asteroid. It will kill 1/3 of everything living in the oceans and destroy 1/3 of the ships.
    Go read it for yourselves.
    Get your butts out of the pews of those apostate churches. Lift your heads up out of your techno crap.
    Study the Word.
    Pray for guidance and understanding.
    Take charge of your salvation. No one but Yahushua can save you, and you can’t save anyone else.
    Repent and take responsibility.
    Believe what no man tells you, only the Word.

    Hurry up!
    Are you still sitting there?

    • kellee

      The Bible(authority) says the Stars fall to the earth Matthew 24:29; lightening shines from east to west: only on a Flat Earth! Circle of the earth Isaiah 40:22; I Chronicles 16:30: the earth is Immovable! The sun circles the earth! There are waters above and below; Genesis 1:7,8!
      Do not get the Mark of the Beast…
      Revelation 18:4″…Come out of her(church) my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and ye recieve not of her plagues.” https://www.worldslastchance.com/view-video/2418/breaking-news-the-image-to-the-beast-is-forming-now.html

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