In January, Joe Biden revoked an executive order from President Trump that was aimed at keeping foreign countries and firms away from America’s bulk power systems, especially entities tied to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The executive order, which executes key tenets of President Biden’s climate change agenda, was released on the former Veep’s first day in office.
Section 7 of the massive order, which includes the revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, also revokes several climate and energy-focused executive orders penned by the Trump administration.
Subpoint C notes that “Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System), is hereby suspended for 90 days.”
The Trump-era order sought to ban, replace, and set new criteria on bulk-power system (BPS) electric equipment coming from a foreign country or national that poses a national security threat.
“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,” the introduction to the executive order read.
The move “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 DOE was also tasked with identifying existing BPS electric equipment that violated the aforementioned prescription and “develop recommendations to identify, isolate, monitor, or replace this equipment as appropriate.”
Released on May 1st, 2020, the powers provided in the executive order were utilized by the DOE in early December concerning the Chinese Communist Party.
As of 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 order prohibits utilities that supply critical defense facilities (CDF) from procuring from the People’s Republic of China, specific BPS electric equipment that poses an undue risk to the BPS, the security or resilience of critical infrastructure, the economy, national security, or safety and security of Americans,” a press release adds.
Now, according to Biden’s executive order, the fate of the executive order and America’s BPS rests in the hands of Biden’s Secretary of Energy and Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB):
“The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”
The National Pulse exposed Biden’s OMB Head as formerly serving as the president of the Center for American Progress (CAP), an establishment think tank that has taken trips to China and co-authored reports alongside a Chinese Communist Party-backed influence operation.
What’s more, Biden’s son Hunter was previously 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 noted.
Similarly, an investment firm headed by Hunter Biden funneled 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.
Hunter also helped Chinese firms acquire American technology with military applications.
It’s no wonder China celebrated Joe Biden’s fraud-ridden “victory.” The former vice president is on a marathon of enacting pro-China policy. For example, he is putting the United States back into the World Health Organization (WHO), which means American taxpayers will have to keep giving money to an entity that is controlled by communist China and which allowed Beijing to downplay the nature of COVID-19, bringing the entire world to China’s heel.
Also, Biden has chosen for CIA director Bill Burns, who has a long history of working with front groups for Communist China.
CCP Infiltration of Western consulates, universities and global companies
The familiar refrain heard after the 2016 presidential election was “Russia, Russia, Russia,” but it’s becoming more and more clear that Vladimir Putin will take a back seat to the Chinese Communist Party following the 2020 election.
Putting Joe Biden and his family aside, though, it’s equally clear that China presents the greatest threat to United States interests, and that Beijing is very active in taking advantage of opportunities that present themselves, which includes using attractive female spies to corner Democratic politicians like Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., in honey traps.
But those opportunities are not limited to the continental U.S., as leaked CCP records show that Party operatives were in place at ten consulates in Shanghai, according to The Australian.
Beijing used a recruitment agency to infiltrate British, Australian, and U.S. consulates in Shanghai, the newspaper reported, positioning CCP members in senior, specialist, and advisory positions — which calls to mind Rep. Swalwell’s honey pot placing an intern in his office.
Leaked membership records contained details on 1.95 million CCP members, and showed that some were employed by British, German, Swiss, Indian, New Zealand, Italian, and South African missions in the city and through the Shanghai Foreign Agency Service Department — the database showed that the SFASD has at least 12 active CCP branches with 249 members.
The data was originally extracted from a server on April 16, 2016, and the infiltration included global companies like Boeing and Pfizer — and American universities.
More from The Australian:
Foreign affairs experts warn the employment of CCP members in the consulates, some for up to 16 years, could be part of a “state-sponsored spy ring”, while intelligence officers labelled it a breach of protocol and a risk to national security.
The database has also revealed CCP members working in global companies such as Boeing — which has billions of dollars in defence contracts — inside Pfizer and AstraZeneca, pharmaceutical companies which are developing coronavirus vaccines, and at Western universities.
An intelligence operation to collect scientific research in fields such as biomedicine and artificial intelligence was uncovered by the U.S. government, according to Fox News.
Pledging to crack down on China, the Trump administration and Justice Department said in November that around 80% of all economic espionage prosecutions brought by the DOJ “allege conduct that would benefit the Chinese state,” and that “there is at least some nexus to China in around 60% of all trade secret theft cases,” the network reported.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced in September more than 1,000 visas revoked, held mostly by graduate students and researchers, after federal charges were brought against students at prestigious colleges like Harvard University, Boston University, Emory University, and the University of California San Francisco.
Efforts are likely to become far less of a priority under a potential Biden administration.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
Clearly, the true winner of the 2020 election was China.
Pakistan blackouts and Western security
Also in January, more than 200 million residents of Pakistan were without electricity in the country’s second nation-wide blackout.
Pakistan’s latest outage is reportedly the result of an as yet undiagnosed fault at the Guddu Thermal Power Plant, a single-point failure which led to a “cascade” of grid asset failures across the nation.
Residents took to social media to ask for prayers for COVID-19 patients on ventilators, hoping that the nation’s hospitals were outfitted with backup power supplies.
Concerns about the dependency of public health on electricity are not new. Epidemiologist Dr. Michael Osterholm, one of thirteen members of Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Task-Force noted the importance of electricity to modern medical advances in his book, “Deadliest Enemy: Our War Against Killer Germs,”:
“The advent of electricity brought about quantum leaps in public health and infectious disease control. With electricity and water pumps, safe water supplies could be realized throughout the world. And with running water, effective sewer systems could be put into place. Electricity also brought us refrigeration, the ability to pasteurize milk, vaccine manufacturing, and air conditioning to keep mosquitoes out of our homes and places of work. It revolutionized medical practice through the invention of X-ray and other imaging technology, diagnostic equipment, mechanical ventilators, and more.”
As Dr. Osterholm observed, nearly all of the advancements of modern life, which help us live longer and work more productively, are secondary benefits of regular, stable electricity. Nor is it just developing nations like Pakistan, where electrical grids are vulnerable.
In 2003 a similar “single point of failure” caused the “Great Northeast Blackout,” a major cascading outage in North America – caused by overgrown tree branches contacting transmission lines in Ohio, ultimately leaving more than 55 million people without electricity, some for up to two weeks.
If such damage is possible from mere trees, how much greater is the threat of a deliberate attempt to target our electrical grid from foreign or domestic threats?
In 2015, nearly 80% of Pakistan was left without power after an attack on the grid by Baloch separatists. Russia has repeatedly used targeted cyberattacks against electric grids prior to planned aggression -including Georgia in 2008, and Ukraine in 2015. China’s military doctrine foresees the use of a preemptive High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse (HEMP) attack in the event of a conflict with the United States. Another threat -which requires no adversary- is the possibility of a geomagnetic disturbance (GMD) caused by a massive solar storm.
Any of these threats could result in not simply a single point of failure, as occurred in Pakistan, but multiple points of grid failure resulting in cascading blackouts. A long-term and widespread electrical blackout – known as a “Black Sky Event” by leaders in government and industry – would result in America losing 90% of her population according to reports by the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States of Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack.
To prevent a true “Black Sky Event” in America – and the double disaster it portends when combined with the COVID-19 Pandemic – government and industry must work together to identify and counter threats that can simultaneously cause multiple points of failure, take out communications networks (which are needed for grid restoration), and damage or destroy hard to replace grid assets (such as transformers with long replacement lead times).
Unfortunately, public-private cooperation has been stifled by the industry’s unique and overtly favorable regulatory environment, a result of industry lobbying. Additionally there has been an overreliance on optimistic industry-funded research which “reach conclusions that do not accurately portray risks to the US electric grid,” as the U.S. Airforce Electromagnetic Defense Taskforce recently described one such industry-funded study.
The American people deserve and expect a robust and secure electrical grid infrastructure. But until the threat of a genuine “black sky” scenario is taken seriously, the U.S., much like Pakistan, remains vulnerable.