Biden gives China access to the American electrical grid

On his first full day in office, President Biden signed a massive executive order that, among other things, reversed a previous directive by the Trump administration and allowed the Chinese government to get into the American electrical grid.

Why it matters:

  • According to Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020, “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.”
  • Suspending the EO launches a window of opportunity for Chinese businesses to sell equipment into the US market for bulk-power systems, thus potentially controlling the crucial infrastructure that stores and delivers electrical power to the entire country.
  • Transformers and generators imported from China could enable the CCP to shut down the entire national electric grid.


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