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house Bill H.R. 2114

Should the Energy Dept. Give States Money to Protect the Electrical Grid From Foreign & Cyber Attacks?

Argument in favor

Foreign rivals like Iran are building up their capabilities to attack critical U.S. infrastructure. States need to be prepared for these risks, and the federal government should help them prepare through the grant program this bill would create.

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09/09/2019
An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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09/09/2019
We must do SOMETHING to stop the disinformation bandwagon that the Repugnants continue to support. Additionally, the Dept. of Defense needs to IMMEDIATELY turn over the documents requested relevant to the Pig's use of taxpayer dollars to shore up his Scotland property OR put a hold on any monies the department receives, until such time as the documents are released. AN AUDIT OF ALL THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S EXPENDITURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY AND ANY PERSONS INVOLVED RELIEVED OF THEIR DUTIES! WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE THE PIG'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN! Anyone who feels otherwise needs to wake up or get out!
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09/09/2019
Support this bill to provide protection from cyber attacks.
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Argument opposed

Given that threats to the U.S. energy grid are international, not local, it should be solely the federal government’s responsibility to lead the development of strategies for keeping the grid safe.

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09/09/2019
Any debilitating attack on our power grid and other critical infrastructure would certainly require the resources of foreign adversaries. The States have no-where near the expertise that our intelligence service's cyber-warriors have; who have trained for years to develop, recognize and thwart sophisticated cyber attacks. Funding States to implement federally mandated and validated protections would be warranted. Funding States to tackle these threats on their own is not. Our federal cyber resources definitely need to be expanded, enhanced, and empowered to act. Our country's political leadership needs to take these threats seriously and so far have not. We value our open society and depend upon our ability to use computer networks to freely communicate and exchange information. The Russians, Chinese and others have exploited our open society for many years by targeting people with poor password practices, those fooled into providing information by fake links, and well, just irresponsible behavior by individuals using critical networks for personal use. These are educational, regulatory and policy issues. Some Chinese manufactured, well made, economical server boards widely used here had been discovered to have 'mystery' chips that can enable Chinese tapping directly into network traffic without having to use some software exploit. For many years, the Russians have played kind of a 'whack-a-mole' probing of our networks that our cyber ops people would respond to with the equivalent of a cyber 'caught you' message and wait for their next attempted exploit. The 2016 Russian election interference was simply a brute-force and massive attack that the Russian's barely tried to disguise; it overwhelmed our cyber warrior's ability to respond as they had in the past and their requests for national leadership to initiate the counter-actions required was not and still are not taken seriously. The point is that these threats to our critical infrastructure are a clear and present danger. There are many possible known attack ‘vectors’ and likely unknown exploits as well. These threats are threats to debilitating our nation's requisite infrastructure and to our nation's ability to respond. This is a national threat which requires national support, national attention and a rational national leadership.
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09/10/2019
Not until Rick Perry is no longer the Secretary. There is simply too large of a 5th Risk catastrophe. Or get former Secretary Moniz’s endorsement 1st. Excerpt The Fifth Risk former Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry is of course responsible for one of the DOE’s most famous moments—when in a 2011 presidential debate he said he intended to eliminate three entire departments of the federal government. Asked to list them he named Commerce, Education, and . . . then hit a wall. “The third agency of government I would do away with . . . Education . . . the . . . ahhhh . . . ahhh . . . Commerce, and let’s see.” As his eyes bored a hole in his lectern, his mind drew a blank. “I can’t, the third one. I can’t. Sorry. Oops.” The third department Perry wanted to get rid of, he later recalled, was the Department of Energy. In his confirmation hearings to run the department, Perry confessed that when he called for its elimination he hadn’t actually known what the Department of Energy did—and he now regretted having said that it didn’t do anything worth doing. The question on the minds of the people who currently work at the department: Does he know what it does now? In his hearings, Perry made a show of having educated himself. He said how useful it was to be briefed by former secretary Ernest Moniz. But when I asked someone familiar with those briefings how many hours Perry had spent with Moniz, he laughed and said, “That’s the wrong unit of account.” With the nuclear physicist who understood the DOE perhaps better than anyone else on earth Perry had spent minutes, not hours. “He has no personal interest in understanding what we do and effecting change,” a DOE staffer told me in June 2017. “He’s never been briefed on a program—not a single one, which to me is shocking.” Since Perry was confirmed, his role has been ceremonial and bizarre. He pops up in distant lands and tweets in praise of this or that DOE program while his masters inside the White House create budgets to eliminate those very programs. His sporadic public communications have had in them something of the shell-shocked grandmother trying to preside over a pleasant family Thanksgiving dinner while pretending that her blind-drunk husband isn’t standing naked on the dining-room table waving the carving knife over his head. Meanwhile, inside the DOE building, people claiming to be from the Trump administration appeared willy-nilly, unannounced, and unintroduced to the career people. “There’s a mysterious kind of chain from the Trump loyalists who have shown up inside DOE to the White House,” said a career civil servant. “That’s how decisions, like the budget, seem to get made. Not by Perry.” The woman who ran the Obama department’s energy-policy analysis unit received a call from DOE staff telling her that her office was now occupied by Eric Trump’s brother-in-law. Why? No one knew. “Yes, you can notice the difference,” says one young career civil servant, in response to the obvious question. “There’s a lack of professionalism. Over and over again, I was asked by people who worked inside the DOE not to use their names, or identify them in any way, for fear of reprisal. “People are heading for the doors,” says Tarak Shah. “And that’s really sad and destructive. The best and the brightest are the ones being targeted. They will leave fastest. Because they will get the best job offers.”
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09/09/2019
States do not own the grids. This is a national threat. The government should directly work with the owners of the grids to make sure they are protected.
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    IntroducedApril 8th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2114?

This bill — the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019 — would provide financial and technical assistance (such as tools for self-assessment, assisting with threat assessment and training, and increasing the sharing of best practices and data collection) to State Energy Offices to plan for and respond to energy disruptions from both physical and cyber threats. To do this, this bill would authorize the Dept. of Energy (DOE) to provide $90 million in annual financial assistance to states to develop or revise State Energy Security Plans through the FY2018-2022 period. 

A State Security Plan would assess a state’s existing circumstances and propose ways to strengthen its ability to: 

  • Secure the energy infrastructure of the State against all physical and cybersecurity threats;
  • Mitigate the risk of energy supply disruptions to the state and enhance response to, and recovery from energy disruptions; and
  • Ensure the state has a reliable, secure, and resilient energy infrastructure.

Impact

Energy security; energy grid; protecting the U.S. energy grid from cyber and physical attacks; State Energy Offices; Dept. of Energy (DOE); and DOE assistance for State Energy Offices to develop or revise State Energy Security Plans.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2114

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Chairman of the Energy Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced this bill to help states secure their power supplies. In opening remarks at the committee’s hearing "Investing in America’s Energy Infrastructure: Improving Energy Efficiency and Creating a Diverse Workforce,” Rep. Rush said: 

“Most of today’s bill enjoy bipartisan support and I would like to thank Ranking Member Upton for working with my office in cosponsoring HR 2114, the Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act. This bill would provide much-need[ed] assistance to State Energy Offices to plan for and respond to energy disruptions from both physical and cyber threats, and I look forward to moving it forward.” 

Senate sponsor Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) says

“Colorado and states across the country need to secure our energy grids and be better prepared against cyber-attacks that threaten our critical infrastructure. I’ve worked with Senator Bennet on these bipartisan pieces of legislation because we both know the risk cyber-attacks pose to our country and the need for leadership on these issues. This legislation will help shore up our electric grid’s vulnerabilities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to gather more bipartisan support and see these bills signed into law.” 

Senate cosponsor Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) adds

“Increasing the resilience of our electric grid in both rural and urban America is critical to preventing a crippling cyberattack. We must protect the infrastructure that serves as the backbone for everything from hospitals and banks, to gas stations and water treatment facilities. That is why we’ve worked with Coloradans and national energy organizations to ensure our legislation provides the technical assistance they need to safeguard their communities from cyberattacks.”

Electric grid resilience advocacy organization Protect Our Power supports this legislation. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, an advisor to Protect Our Power, says: 

“Protect Our Power applauds Senators Gardner and Bennet for their leadership on this vital national security issue. The threat posed by nation-states probing for ways to cripple our critical infrastructure is real, it is growing, and it is constant. Our electric grid, in particular, is highly vulnerable to attack."

This legislation has one House cosponsor, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), and hasn’t received a committee vote. Its Senate companion, sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), has one Senate cosponsor, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). Protect Our Power and Grow America’s Infrastructure Now (GAIN) support this legislation.

In the last Congress, this legislation passed the House by a voice vote with the support of one House cosponsor, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). Its Senate companion was sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), and didn’t receive a committee vote. 


Of NoteA grid resiliency study conducted by the Vermont Law School on behalf of Protect Our Power identified a pressing need for technical and financial assistance to enhance cybersecurity, particularly at smaller investor-owned utilities, public power authorities, and rural electric cooperatives.

Congressional interest in protecting the U.S. electric grid against foreign cyberattacks has increased due to reports that Iran has stepped up its cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure. Additionally, the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment found that Russia not only has the ability to execute cyberattacks against the U.S. electric grid, but is also “mapping our critical infrastructure with the long-term goal of being able to cause substantial damage.” 


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / alexsl)

AKA

Enhancing State Energy Security Planning and Emergency Preparedness Act of 2019

Official Title

To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to provide Federal financial assistance to States to implement, review, and revise State energy security plans, and for other purposes.

    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments and of those in congress who support him: Most recent: Took money from military daycares to pay for a wall that won’t work and no one wants. The Vice President and the Attorney General are both spending tax payer dollars on trump hotels, lining his pockets and currying his favor. Privately instructed aides to skirt laws and regulations to get the wall built faster — and told them he will pardon them if necessary. Pressuring a government agency to give a contract for his wall to a company whose chief executive is a donor to one of his top GOP allies in Congress. Took hundreds of millions from 127 different projects (FEMA being one of those) for his wall. Spending our tax dollars at his golf courses. Thinks nuking a hurricane is an idea. Pushing to host the next G-7 at one of his own resorts. Taunted Iran by tweeting a classified image of an Iranian rocket that had exploded, thereby potentially compromising U.S. intelligence capabilities. His own company would save millions from the low interest rates he is demanding. Was going to give you tax cuts through your paychecks but decided not to. Destroying the economy with HIS trade war. We will soon average a 1.2 trillion deficit. He is repeating NRA talking points on background checks so expect no action taken regardless of the fact there has been 27 arrested over threats to commit mass attacks since El Paso( NOT TOLEDO). Made fun of republicans being afraid of the NRA and then caved after a 30 minute phone conversation with them. Bragged about indefinite child detention because it brings families together. Refusing flue shots, that protect us all(google influenza pandemic), to immigrant children. Attacking fellow congresswomen in really disgusting ways and making anti-Semitic remarks about Jews calling them disloyal. Thinks he’s the chosen one based on a conspiracy theory web sight. Impeachment: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Racist: Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Our Money: Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Saudi funded lobbyist rented 500 rooms at a trump hotel he never divested from right after he became president. Wonder why? Sexual Predator: Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation on tape. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Belittles and bully’s strong women. Not even sure he’s aware he has two daughters. Idiot: Has allowed North Korea to grow there nuclear weapons program. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Doesn’t believe in science and quite often displays his ignorance of it. Russia: Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians then bragged about it to Australians who then turned that info over to our FBI. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Any debilitating attack on our power grid and other critical infrastructure would certainly require the resources of foreign adversaries. The States have no-where near the expertise that our intelligence service's cyber-warriors have; who have trained for years to develop, recognize and thwart sophisticated cyber attacks. Funding States to implement federally mandated and validated protections would be warranted. Funding States to tackle these threats on their own is not. Our federal cyber resources definitely need to be expanded, enhanced, and empowered to act. Our country's political leadership needs to take these threats seriously and so far have not. We value our open society and depend upon our ability to use computer networks to freely communicate and exchange information. The Russians, Chinese and others have exploited our open society for many years by targeting people with poor password practices, those fooled into providing information by fake links, and well, just irresponsible behavior by individuals using critical networks for personal use. These are educational, regulatory and policy issues. Some Chinese manufactured, well made, economical server boards widely used here had been discovered to have 'mystery' chips that can enable Chinese tapping directly into network traffic without having to use some software exploit. For many years, the Russians have played kind of a 'whack-a-mole' probing of our networks that our cyber ops people would respond to with the equivalent of a cyber 'caught you' message and wait for their next attempted exploit. The 2016 Russian election interference was simply a brute-force and massive attack that the Russian's barely tried to disguise; it overwhelmed our cyber warrior's ability to respond as they had in the past and their requests for national leadership to initiate the counter-actions required was not and still are not taken seriously. The point is that these threats to our critical infrastructure are a clear and present danger. There are many possible known attack ‘vectors’ and likely unknown exploits as well. These threats are threats to debilitating our nation's requisite infrastructure and to our nation's ability to respond. This is a national threat which requires national support, national attention and a rational national leadership.
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    We must do SOMETHING to stop the disinformation bandwagon that the Repugnants continue to support. Additionally, the Dept. of Defense needs to IMMEDIATELY turn over the documents requested relevant to the Pig's use of taxpayer dollars to shore up his Scotland property OR put a hold on any monies the department receives, until such time as the documents are released. AN AUDIT OF ALL THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE'S EXPENDITURES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IMMEDIATELY AND ANY PERSONS INVOLVED RELIEVED OF THEIR DUTIES! WE CANNOT ALLOW OUR DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO FACILITATE THE PIG'S CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES FOR HIS PERSONAL GAIN! Anyone who feels otherwise needs to wake up or get out!
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    Foreign rivals like Iran are building up their capabilities to attack critical U.S. infrastructure. States need to be prepared for these risks, and the federal government should help them prepare through the grant program this bill would create.
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    Support this bill to provide protection from cyber attacks.
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    Protect the electric power grid
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    Obviously
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    My goodness! Why are we asking such no brained questions? We have a person in the WH that has cut $$$ from every area that would move the USA forward. Yet He along with Moscow Mitch are purposely holding the efficiency of elections hostage! Protect our elections processes! Do your job!
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    States do not own the grids. This is a national threat. The government should directly work with the owners of the grids to make sure they are protected.
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    Not until Rick Perry is no longer the Secretary. There is simply too large of a 5th Risk catastrophe. Or get former Secretary Moniz’s endorsement 1st. Excerpt The Fifth Risk former Texas governor Rick Perry. Perry is of course responsible for one of the DOE’s most famous moments—when in a 2011 presidential debate he said he intended to eliminate three entire departments of the federal government. Asked to list them he named Commerce, Education, and . . . then hit a wall. “The third agency of government I would do away with . . . Education . . . the . . . ahhhh . . . ahhh . . . Commerce, and let’s see.” As his eyes bored a hole in his lectern, his mind drew a blank. “I can’t, the third one. I can’t. Sorry. Oops.” The third department Perry wanted to get rid of, he later recalled, was the Department of Energy. In his confirmation hearings to run the department, Perry confessed that when he called for its elimination he hadn’t actually known what the Department of Energy did—and he now regretted having said that it didn’t do anything worth doing. The question on the minds of the people who currently work at the department: Does he know what it does now? In his hearings, Perry made a show of having educated himself. He said how useful it was to be briefed by former secretary Ernest Moniz. But when I asked someone familiar with those briefings how many hours Perry had spent with Moniz, he laughed and said, “That’s the wrong unit of account.” With the nuclear physicist who understood the DOE perhaps better than anyone else on earth Perry had spent minutes, not hours. “He has no personal interest in understanding what we do and effecting change,” a DOE staffer told me in June 2017. “He’s never been briefed on a program—not a single one, which to me is shocking.” Since Perry was confirmed, his role has been ceremonial and bizarre. He pops up in distant lands and tweets in praise of this or that DOE program while his masters inside the White House create budgets to eliminate those very programs. His sporadic public communications have had in them something of the shell-shocked grandmother trying to preside over a pleasant family Thanksgiving dinner while pretending that her blind-drunk husband isn’t standing naked on the dining-room table waving the carving knife over his head. Meanwhile, inside the DOE building, people claiming to be from the Trump administration appeared willy-nilly, unannounced, and unintroduced to the career people. “There’s a mysterious kind of chain from the Trump loyalists who have shown up inside DOE to the White House,” said a career civil servant. “That’s how decisions, like the budget, seem to get made. Not by Perry.” The woman who ran the Obama department’s energy-policy analysis unit received a call from DOE staff telling her that her office was now occupied by Eric Trump’s brother-in-law. Why? No one knew. “Yes, you can notice the difference,” says one young career civil servant, in response to the obvious question. “There’s a lack of professionalism. Over and over again, I was asked by people who worked inside the DOE not to use their names, or identify them in any way, for fear of reprisal. “People are heading for the doors,” says Tarak Shah. “And that’s really sad and destructive. The best and the brightest are the ones being targeted. They will leave fastest. Because they will get the best job offers.”
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    Normally I would say this is a federal government issue, not states. However, with trump running the federal government, I have ZERO confidence in their ability to protect our grid. States need to take matters into their own hands.
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    No, the government needs to stop overtaxing the citizens and distributing the money back to the states. Cut federal taxes and allow states to fund their own infrastructure.
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    Absolutely! Our electrical grid needs to be remain safe and secure from any potential attack!
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    I trust this bill because it wasn't proposed by a Russian money backed member of the corrupt GOP who have sold this country out to Russia! Let's not forget the Republicans who went to Russia to have their private (with no Democrats or media present) meeting with Putin, who has had his "embassy" people caught sneaking around our grid system! Watch, they won't vote for this, because they have sold us out to Russia, for the money funneled to them through the NRA!
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    This threat is a real thing now, so yes invest in protection
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    Since the states seem more likely to get things done than the present Congress which can't even get bills to the Senate floor, this seems to be the best current option. Requiring private power companies to keep their transmission lines updated would also be good.
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    Important to protect fhis grid from being hacked.
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    As long as the money is used for that purpose. This is a national problem.
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    That seems highly reasonable and a good idea.
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