An existential threat hangs over America, the Republican Texas state senator from Edgewood believes. Specifically, electromagnetic pulse attacks — shockwaves of energy from outer space that would fry the nation's electric grid. He sees food and water shortages starving and parching millions, natural gas line explosions engulfing cityscape in flames. And he wants Texas to be the frontline in preparing for it.
Hall is so concerned with the possibility that he assembled a two-day summit in the Texas Capitol’s extension to exclusively focus on such threats to the electric grid.
“We’re now looking at America being snuffed out from one missile, one weapon,” Hall told roughly 100 people gathered Thursday morning in an underground auditorium. “We’ll be getting a variety of viewpoints all exactly focused on the same thing: That it’s about time we do something and step up to this threat.”
Electromagnetic pulse (often abbreviated EMP) and related phenomenon have long been a fascination and fear of a doomsday faction of the Republican Party, and raising awareness of the threat has been one of Hall’s priorities since the electrical engineer and U.S. Air Force veteran joined the Legislature in 2015.