Letter to the editor: Electrical grid needs protecting
Electrical grid must be protected
An attack on our nation's electrical grid is a national security threat nobody is talking about yet it could change the course of civilization. It can stop our water supply, incapacitate computers, stall transportation and shut down banking. No electricity means a virtual standstill. No presidential candidate or elected officials is talking about it.
Iran and North Korea are developing and testing inter-continental missiles that can carry nuclear warheads launched from ships/submarines. These missiles could explode nuclear payloads above our continent and damage/destroy all electronic equipment in our country.
Various commissions and experts have alerted Congress and the President of our vulnerability and urged them to take action to protect our electric grid. The technology to lessen the effects of this attack is known but steps to protect our grid or provide warning measures to defend our homeland aren't being implemented.
Russia and China have been responsive to this threat and have initiated steps to protect their electric infrastructure. Maine, the first state to recognize this exposure, passed legislation asking for measures to mitigate the effects. While Washington debates this issue and our President focuses on climate change and being PC compliant, our state legislature should follow Maine's lead and secure our grid. The cost of damage to an attack is trillions with a long recovery time while the prevention costs to mitigate would be far less.
We need to protect our way of life and our elected officials should be leading efforts to that end. This isn't a debatable issue anymore.
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