Google Guru More Concerned Over Climate Change Than Internet Takedown

By Eric Scheiner | December 13, 2011 | 8:47 AM EST

( - When asked his thoughts about presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s concerns over electromagnetic pulses, Eric Schmidt, rhw executive chairman of Google Inc. and member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, replied that he is more concerned about climate change.

“My view on the magnetic pulse thing, is that we should have the physicists be experts on such matters,” Schmidt said Monday at an event hosted by The Economic Club of Washington D.C.

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“As best as I can understand the consensus – it’s – of the threats that there are from the nuclear age, this is not a high one. Although it’s at least possible, but there are many things that are possible.”

Schmidt continued, “There are two major threats to society in terms of loss of life. The first one is a nuclear war, which hopefully will never happen, and the second one is that the compound and accelerating effect of climate change if that occurs with water and so forth, on the scale that is possible we don’t really know.”

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has frequently expressed his concerns over the damage that could be caused by an electromagnetic pulse or EMP. Gingrich has said he considers an EMP attack a major national security concern. An issue that recently received a closer look in a CNN report just a few weeks ago (view video below).

The idea is that if a nuclear weapon were detonated in outer space high above middle America, it would set off a huge shockwave of electricity resulting in electronic interference that would damage the nation's power grid, satellites and knock out computer systems.

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