Did China Cyber Attack The Texas Electrical Power Grid?
By Steven Hotze, M.D.
It came to my attention that the Chinese may be involved in disrupting the Texas electrical grid.
Researching Biden’s Executive Orders (EO) this morning, I found something buried in the Keystone Piepline EO, near the end of the document.
It turns out that on the same day Biden shut down the Keystone Pipeline, he also lifted the security on our power grid for 90 days. Trump’s EO from the previous year had secured our power grid by denying China access.
Below is the portion buried in Biden’s Keystone pipeline EO.
“c) Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System), is hereby suspended for 90 days. The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”
Just a small little paragraph tucked away in one of Biden’s EO’s the first day he was in office, under the umbrella of “restoring science to tackle the climate crisis”.
So I researched the energy transformers that supply our power grid.
Prior to 2009, we had no transformers in the U.S. that were manufactured in China. Between 2009-2019, China manufactured 200 of our transformers, supplying 60% of our power grid.
President Trump’s May 1, 2020 Executive Order stated that “the United States should no longer purchase transformers and other electric grid equipment manufactured in China.” Trump signaled that it was important to end relationships that U.S. utilities have directly with Chinese businesses and multi-national companies manufacturing transformers in China, which are later plugged into the electric grid in the United States.
Chinese power equipment can be embedded with software and hardware that can be remotely accessed, enhancing China’s ability to commit cyberattacks. Because power transformers are huge and weigh between 100 and 400 tons, it is not easy to identify embedded software or hardware. There is also a potential hardware risk since counterfeit items can be easily put into large power transformers.
What prompted Trump’s EO was this prior report. The Department of Energy reported that there were 6 U.S. power transformer manufacturers and 30 Chinese power transformer manufacturers.
You can read the report here:
If you google “Electric Panda”, then you will learn about Chinese communists who hack U.S. targets, https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/16/china-electric-panda-hackers-seek-us-targets-191220.
On his first day in office, Biden opened up the American electrical grid to China. Three (3) weeks later, 5 million Texans were without power, heat and water.
Shouldn’t Abbott, the P.U.C. and ERCOT, and the Texas Legislature investigate the possibility that our electrical grid has been cyberattacked by the Chinese?
The temporary collapse of Texas is foreshadowing the total collapse of the United States