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US Power Grid Vulnerable to Just About Everything

Downstream Today -- As Washington hunts ill-defined al-Qaeda groups in the Middle East and Africa, and concerns itself with Iran's eventual nuclear potential, it has a much more pressing problem at home: Its energy grid is vulnerable to anyone with basic weapons and know-how.

Forget about cyber warfare and highly organized terrorist attacks, a lack of basic physical security on the US power grid means that anyone with a gun--like disgruntled Michigan Militia types, for instance--could do serious damage.

For the past two months, the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been tasked with creating a security strategy for the electric grid and hydrocarbon facilities through its newly created Office of Energy Infrastructure Security. So far, it's not good news.



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Submitted Dec 03, 2012 By: GasPasserAB
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honda0105
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1006: by what...?
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1006
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dont worry, we are protected by
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honda0105
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maybe it's a good time to replace that old junk?
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honda0105
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some places in Sandy's wrath had equipment that is close to 100 years old


[Edited by: honda0105 at 12/6/2012 10:18:27 PM EST]
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2012 2:57:43 AM

as long as it's above ground it's even more vulnerable.
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1006
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 3:44:58 AM

that is how we have created the dependency on one another and our things.
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and has been for quite sometime
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oilfreak
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Time to revamp the whole nation's infrastructure.
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:36:34 AM

one of many infrastructure weaknesses in the US.
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 4:52:09 AM

Not good.
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:09:36 AM

US Power Grid Vulnerable to Just About Everything, make the electrical grid terrorist and idiot proof. Many things that serve the public are vulnerable, try to keep it as safe as possible from those that want to destroy it.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
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SkooterG
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 11:22:17 PM

Our power grid is a terrible mess.
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We are dependent upon electricity and so much more
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:23:37 PM

We are but 10 seconds from reverting back to the STONE AGE. The World STOPS as soon as electricity stops.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:19:34 PM

IT’s pretty sad that were so vulnerable.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:15:35 PM

Downstream link
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Broken link, the second (2nd) this evening.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:06:16 PM

Could we just make it a bit easier for the bad guys? I also do not like the reference to gun owners that is mentioned but liberals and the media they are running the show. What a ride this is gonna' be. Ever see the movie Dumb and Dumber?
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Buy a generator
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:05:38 PM

True just like the railroad...vunerable.
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Be prepared!
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source? reference? fact check....
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ok
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:03:03 PM

This article is vulnerable as well....no link
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 9:02:51 PM

Yes - broken link.

Good luck on getting security requirement updates past the tea PARTY (aka pawns of the rich republican elite) members in congress. They'll fight it, until they're in charge, and then take credit.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:58:35 PM

Link doesn't work for me to read the full article.

[Edited by: rasmataz at 12/4/2012 12:00:15 AM EST]
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How stupid why not just tell everybody. WTH
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:55:34 PM

Energy Jenga!
Demand outstripping demand! Eventually won't need a planned disruption (terrorist attack); system overuse will generate implosion!
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So we band all guns. Just like the UN wants. An obama clinton an all liberals.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:54:27 PM

Not just the power grid
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No surprise here.
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old and feeble, not maintained.
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:50:06 PM

Not good news. We've now shown one of our vulnerabilities.
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We are always going to be vulnerable.
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are we ever going to be safe?????
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including too much demand
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This is a much greater real threat than most people understand.
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Hopefully we never find out.
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needs to be shored up in tons of areas
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Great.
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We always keep a generator at home, at our cottage and at our business because you never know what may happen!
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:36:44 PM

All grida are the same vulnerability
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sandy proved that
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We have invented so much junk that sucks up power, to include the automobile that nobody pays attention to, and then we wonder about our power plants and how over worked they get. Our power grid is so messed up that it is amazing that it hasn't just imploded
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Headline is very true, but forget about scare mongering with this terrorist crap, the grid can't withstand typical weather extremes.
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I can't read my iPad by candlelight
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Message Posted: Dec 3, 2012 8:21:25 PM

of course it is. because it was designed to make power available to everyone.

now enforce the laws protecting the border. as thomas paine and g steinbrenner said: lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way
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Tis true.
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More newly created government agencies. Thats the answer for everything that needs fixing
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History says yes. We just need to prepare for such an occurrence.
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