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March 2, 2012

Taking preparedness a litte too far…

Filed under: Humor — by Arnold Bogis on March 2, 2012

Continuity of Government planning is important and should be taken seriously at all levels of government: federal, state, and local.  However, like a newcomer to the World Series of Poker, Wyoming has apparently decided to go all in:

State representatives on Friday advanced legislation to launch a study into what Wyoming should do in the event of a complete economic or political collapse in the United States.

House Bill 85 passed on first reading by a voice vote. It would create a state-run government continuity task force, which would study and prepare Wyoming for potential catastrophes, from disruptions in food and energy supplies to a complete meltdown of the federal government.

That seems a little over the top.  Well…maybe a bit more than that.  But still, I’m sympathetic to any group that seriously wants to plan for the worst case scenario.  Yet…

The task force would look at the feasibility of Wyoming issuing its own alternative currency, if needed. And House members approved an amendment Friday by state Rep. Kermit Brown, R-Laramie, to have the task force also examine conditions under which Wyoming would need to implement its own military draft, raise a standing army, and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

What is not explained in the article is exactly how a land-locked state could access the aircraft carrier in times of trouble.  If the situation is really as bad as requiring your own air wing and power projection capability, perhaps accessibility might be a problem if your borders don’t exactly have any deep harbors.  But I could be going out on a limb here…


[A big tip o’ the hat to Daniel Drezner at Foreign Policy for the link to this story.]

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Comment by bellavita

March 2, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

If the situation is that bad, maybe Wyoming already has its own power projection capability — 150 ICBMs (http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/10/27/20101027nuclear-weapons-equipment-glitch.html). I could see, again under the right conditions, a CCC-type operation to dredge a waterway big enough for an aircraft carrier to get to and from the pacific. it’s only a 1000 miles, as the ICBM flies.

Comment by Arnold Bogis

March 2, 2012 @ 8:50 pm

Good point. I absolutely neglected Wyoming’s existing nuclear arsenal. Reminds me of this crack piece of reporting:


“”North Dakota, still in its cultural infancy, cannot be trusted to responsibly handle weapons of mass destruction,” French President Jacques Chirac said. “We are talking about a place that doesn’t even have a Thai restaurant or movie theater that shows foreign films, but still they have the resources to build thousands of warheads. Do not believe their claims of being ‘The Peace Garden State.'”

According to Chirac, North Dakota’s development of nuclear arms “represents a grave threat to peaceful states the world over, none more so than its longtime neighbor and rival across the 45th Parallel, South Dakota.””

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 3, 2012 @ 5:38 am

And the impacts on the Coal and Mining industries in Wyoming? And do buffalo [actually bison?] still roam in the state?

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