Biden has made the US Power Grid Vulnerable

When Biden signed his, “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis,” that revoked the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, he also revoked a Trump Administration executive order that focused on keeping foreign countries out of America’s bulk power systems.

Section 7 of Biden’s order, which includes the revoking of the Keystone XL Pipeline permit, revokes several climate and energy-focused executive orders penned by the Trump administration.

In subpoint C, of Biden’s Order, it’s stated that “Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System), is hereby suspended for 90 days.”

The Trump-administration’s order sought to ban, replace, and set new criteria on bulk-power system (BPS) electric equipment coming from any foreign country or nation that poses a national security threat to the United States.

“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. The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities, because a successful attack on our bulk-power system would present significant risks to our economy, human health, and safety, and would render the United States less capable of acting in defense of itself and its allies,” as stated in the introduction of Trump’s order.

Specifically, the order, “prohibited any acquisition, importation, transfer, or installation of BPS electric equipment by any person or with respect to any property to which a foreign country or a national thereof has any interest, that poses an undue risk to the BPS, the security or resiliency of U.S. critical infrastructure or the U.S. economy, or U.S. national security or the security and safety of U.S. persons.”

The powers provided in the executive order were utilized by the Department of Energy in early December concerning the Chinese Communist Party.

On January 16, 2021, then-Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette issued a, “prohibition order designed to reduce the risks that entities associated with the People’s Republic of China pose to the Nation’s BPS.”

“The bulk-power system is the backbone of our Nation’s energy infrastructure and is fundamental to our national security, the American economy, and our way of life,” - Dan Brouillette, previous Secretary of Energy.

Now the future of America’s bulk-power system is in the hands of Biden’s Secretary of Energy and Director of the Office of Management and Budget, as stated in Biden’s executive order. “The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”

Interestingly, Biden’s pick for head of the OMB formally served as the president of the Center of American Progress which partnered with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) on sponsored trips to China, reports, and other endeavors over an 11-year period.

The CUSEF even boasted on its website that up to 2016, “expert delegations from CAP visited Beijing,” frequently under the CAP’s Chairman, John Podesta.

Additionally, President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was involved in several business relationships with CEFC China Energy Chairman Ye Jianming.

“After his father left office in 2017, Hunter Biden worked on securing a deal with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy projects, according to documents released by Republicans,” - CNN.

Also an investment firm headed by Hunter Biden channeled millions into China General Nuclear Power Corp, a state-owned power company guilty of stealing American nuclear technology for use by the Chinese Communist Party for decades.

The Department of Justice charged, Allen Ho, a consultant for China General Nuclear Power Company, with “assisting CGN in procuring U.S.-based nuclear engineers to assist with designing and manufacturing certain components for nuclear reactors” for nearly two decades.

All of this raises many concerns. The Trump Administration saw CCP involvement in our Power Grid as a threat to National Security. Knowing that it’s up to the Director of OMB and the Secretary of Energy to recommend or consider a replacement of the Trump Administration’s order, the United State’s Power Grid is currently vulnerable. Given the current Director of OMB and President Biden’s son’s involvement with Chinese power companies, the future remains uncertain.

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/01/20/executive-order-protecting-public-health-and-environment-and-restoring-science-to-tackle-climate-crisis/

https://fas.org/irp/offdocs/eo/eo-13920.pdf

https://www.energy.gov/articles/secretary-energy-signs-order-mitigate-security-risks-nations-electric-grid

https://www.cusef.org.hk/en/what-we-do/in-country-programs/engaging-with-american-leaders/expert-delegations-from-center-for-american-progress-visit-beijing

https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/us-nuclear-engineer-sentenced-24-months-prison-violating-atomic-energy-act

https://thenationalpulse.com/exclusive/biden-omb-director-think-tank/

https://www.cnn.com/2020/12/09/politics/hunter-biden-tax-investigtation/index.html

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