Probably most of us are aware of the possibility of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) being created by a nuclear bomb detonating above our major cities, or of bombs that have probably been developed, or are under development, which are designed to take out the electric grid. Several books and movies have been published and produced that have, as its setting, a world in which we no longer have electricity. I know that at least some of us have wondered what life would be like without electricity. I once spent a year at a camp that my family owned that was twenty miles from the nearest home, forty miles from the nearest town, and at least five miles from the nearest power line. The camp itself was about a quarter mile from the road, which was a gravel road. This was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the winters are rough. Of course, I started out with a good supply of food and water, and we had a small river that ran near the camp. I also had a car, and wasn't stranded there for a whole year either, although I was snowed in for an extended period of time, given that the roads in that area were not priorities for the county plow trucks. Given a place to live, a water supply, and a source of food, I think I could do well without electricity, and might even come to find much that I liked about it. We are told, and I believe that it is true, that a large portion of the population would die within a short time because they are dependent upon the availability of grocery deliveries, a paycheck, and medical facilities that may not be available. Plus, many of us have never had to do without electricity and would be wholly incapable of surviving without being able to plug something in. However, the actual situation would go far beyond our own personal addiction to electricity, or even the infrastructure. We have nuclear power plants all over the country, and even the ones - such as we have in Maine Yankee - that have been shut down for years require a constant supply of electricity in order to avert disaster. Certainly, there are external generators that would kick in, and it is quite likely that they are set up in such a way that they would continue to operate for quite some time. But not forever. That's the problem. Some of you, I am sure, know more about this than I do, but I believe that, at some point, large portions of the earth will be uninhabitable. I won't matter whether you can get along without electricity if you're dying from radiation poisoning. What do. you think?