On his first day in office, President Joe Biden signed a record 17 executive orders. One of them, says a national security expert, contains a two-sentence provision that may have placed the security of America’s electrical grid at risk.
Biden’s Executive Order 13990 was purportedly issued to “tackle the climate crisis,” but a closer look reveals what the Center for Security Policy considers a genuine threat to the security of America’s electrical grid. Less than a year ago, then-President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13920 upon “[finding] that foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system, which provides the electricity that supports our national defense, vital emergency services, critical infrastructure, economy, and way of life.”
However, Biden’s recent order suspended for 90 days Trump’s action of securing the United States bulk-power system – which some would argue has nothing to do with climate change.
Until now, Trump’s order has sought to prevent the use of grid equipment made in China, Russia, or other nations hostile to the United States. But according to Section 7(c) of Biden’s order, “the Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB [Office of Management and Budget] shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement [to Trump’s] order be issued.”
One News Now spoke to Tommy Waller, director of infrastructure security for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), about Trump’s security measure being suspended for 90 days. Waller argues that Biden’s decision to suspend Trump’s order “creates a significant problem, as it insinuates what was put into place by President Trump is no longer applicable.”
Waller questions whether Biden considers the security of the grid to be a matter of national importance. According to the expert, it is gravely important, because every one of the nation’s critical infrastructures – and Americans’ very survival – depends on the electrical grid.
The CSP spokesman explains that Secure the Grid Coalition, an ad hoc group of security experts and activists who are devoted to strengthening America’s electrical grid, drafted a joint letter for the Biden administration’s nominee for Secretary of Energy, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, and the director of the Office of Management and Budget. The letter encourages those officials to recommend to the president that Trump’s Executive Order 13920 be replaced with “a more powerful version.”
Waller is hopeful the Biden administration will seize the opportunity to actually improve on Trump’s executive order rather than permanently discarding it.
“With its concern about the climate and environment, the Biden administration should understand that prolonged or widespread electrical blackout would be catastrophic to the environment,” he notes. And apart from environmental concerns, Waller explains:
“President Trump’s executive order originated out of the realization that the nation’s grid is insecure with respect to the supply chain. America’s adversaries can, and do, create vectors for cyberattacks by supplying our utilities with hardware and software designed with backdoors and other cyber vulnerabilities baked in.”
Regulations have fallen short
According to Waller, regulations have been ineffective in protecting the country from threats to supply chain cybersecurity. For example, he points out, no specific regulations prevent the use of electric grid components manufactured in countries like China and Russia.
“Some of these components could be used for taking out portions of the grid,” he warns – adding that the regulatory environment has been ineffective at laying the groundwork for supply chain cybersecurity for at least two decades.
Still, he remains hopeful the Biden administration will realize that Trump’s Executive Order 13920 was necessary because the U.S. has no effective regulatory regime with respect to security for the electrical grid. He bases that hope heavily on the extent to which Biden’s nominees for Secretary of Energy and Director of OMB are able and willing to get fully informed on grid-related supply chain vulnerabilities and regulatory shortfalls prior to the established 90-day deadline.
He also points to Granholm’s response to questions posed by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) during the nominee’s confirmation hearings earlier this week:
Granholm: “We have to harden our electric grid for protection of our energy system. I hope that this is a part of the infrastructure package that will be coming from the administration as well.”
Says Waller: “The 90-day clock is ticking for those words to turn into action.”
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.
What does one expect from Joe Stalin Mao Biden? Joe Stalin, bought and paid for by the communist Chinese and the Russians. But don’t worry, the sheep voters have their heads buried in their phones and a repeat of Pearl Harbor is coming. Only this time, we will never recover. The sleeping giant (America) will awaken, when it is too late for all of us.
Exactly. HIS PUTTING our grid in Jeopardy, was to be EXPECTED, from this traitor.
the main problem is NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE GIVE A DAM!
until its to late to stop it i think its already a done deal!
And those who DO give a dam, are not the ones with the power to CHANGE things.
Don;’ bother to buy a home Generator, as they run on they gasoline that Biden is denying us. Me thinks that Biden’s Chinese puppetmasters have insisted we all swith to electric cars, so that when they attack America, first by eliminating our power grid, all transportaion ginds to a halt, military and otherwise. The P.O. won’t be delivery the mail anymore either.
Am I the only one that can put the puzzel pieces together for this planned Chinese Conspiracy that shows that every Presidential edict Joe has done benefits and strengthens China and hastens they day they overtake America in wealth and military strength? It is NO COINCIDENCE this virus originated in China. It was part of the planned attack on America.
Hunter and Joe have got their Chinese millions, Americans will lose their trillions. Fine example of Democrat social Justice where equity replaces equality, and corruption replaces Truth, Justice and the American way.
Hence why so many of us, FELT THE VIRUS being leaked, was ORGISTRATED..
Biden and his puppet masters will wipe out every Trump policy and replace it (or not) with their own to take credit for all policies. They don’t want Trump’s name on anything except what they can trash him with. For example- Obama/Biden created the children’s cages, yet pretended they were Trump’s. The left will cancel and change everything so that these 2014 cages never existed.
There is no doubt that in the long run everything Biden’s done will be detrimental to this country… And he claimed that he would run the country better… I think we all know the truth now!
It truly is all in God’s hands now, and His Word tells us it will get worse before it gets better… So buckle up folks!
It is simply amazing how fast the conservatives give up. It should be said by the conservative men that “I came into this world kicking and screaming covered with someone else’s blood and before I give in I’ll go out the same way”.
How did the United States manufacture more airplanes than all other nations combined during World War II?
How was the United States able to make so much aluminum?
TVA, Bonneville, Hoover, and Grand Coulee.
If Germany or Japan had been able to subvert the US power grid, there wouldn’t have been any aluminum.
Excellent observation – that did not cross my mind. Maybe the commissars in Silicone Valley expect to be living in Beijing by then.
OR at least, be protected BY beijing…
America had better get ready because the dems are hell bent on destroying our lives, livelihood and every chirstian value that is left in this country. The power to our homes is just the start. No power= no fuel/no fuel=no tractors/no tractors= no farms/ no farms=no food/ no food= no peace/ no peace= satisfied democrats/rinos and their supporters. That is until their lives are just as miserable as everyone elses.
YOU can bet though, the rich and politicians WILL HAVE THEIR OWN FOOD, power etc.