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In today's issue, we're covering a very important topic: the rise in attacks on the U.S. power grid.
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Grid Danger ⚡️
Stories of American power grid collapse have been on the rise in recent years thanks to famous events like the Texas snowstorm (a phrase that should be able to combat climate disinformation by itself), but adverse weather effects aren't the only issue at play.
Over the long-term, our grids need to get better as increased extreme weather becomes more common. However, the more immediate concern (one that is being extremely under-reported, in our opinion) is the rise in calculated attacks on the grid from human bad actors. ⬇️
Grid attacks have been rising every year, with 2022 representing a whopping 74% increase over the previous year. They're getting more ambitious too; last December, someone in North Carolina took out the power of 45,000 people by firing long-range gunshots at specific parts of the infrastructure that were critical failure points--a clear sign of sophisticated, intentional harm. Or, as local police put it:
"They knew exactly what they were doing".
As you can imagine, this is a massive issue. Power outages cause severe problems to pretty much every aspect of modern life, and prolonged ones almost always end in deaths. The book One Second After, which imagined in detail what would happen in the event of the US grid collapsing, was taken so seriously that Congress commissioned a panel on it even before it was published.
In the book, a foreign power conducts the grid attack. We may not be so lucky--in fact, it's more likely that the rise in attacks is due to domestic demand to create civil unrest, a trend that has only increased over the past decade. 😬
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