December 7, 2022

Intentional Attack on North Carolina Power Substations

This shocking attack leaves thousands without power and underlines the vulnerability of our electric grid.

On Saturday evening, two power substations in Moore County, North Carolina, were attacked by unknown individuals. The entry gates were taken off their hinges, and evidence of firearm damage to the equipment led investigators to conclude that these attacks were intentional.

The case has been handed over to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, which is working with the FBI. The intentional sabotage of an electric power station could point to the attack being terrorism. Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields commented: “The person, or persons, who did this knew exactly what they were doing. We don’t have a clue why Moore County.”

So far, no one has stepped forward to take credit for the electrical substation incapacitation.

The outages affected over 45,000 people and caused schools and businesses to close. Duke Energy, the company whose substations were attacked, provides power to almost the entirety of Moore County. The company has managed to fix some of the damage and restore power to some homes, but the majority are still in the dark as of this writing. Company spokesperson Jeff Brooks said, “We’re looking at a pretty sophisticated repair with some pretty large equipment, so we do want citizens to be prepared that this will be a multi-day restoration for most customers extending potentially as long as Thursday.”

This strike against the power grid already has the left-wing propaganda machine NBC giving voice to conspiracies that cast conservatives in a bad light. It’s giving credence to the theory flying around online that the attack on the power grid was an attempt to stop an LGBTQ+ drag show that was scheduled to happen at 7 p.m. Saturday, right around the time of the first attack. When asked about this theory at the press briefing, Sheriff Fields said: “It is possible, yes. Anything is possible. But we haven’t been able to tie anything back to the drag show.”

At this juncture, it is worth pointing out that not everything is about the LGBTQ+ community. These activists love to play the victim card whenever any crisis happens.

But let’s humor their center-of-the-world delusion for a second. If the drag show was, in fact, the motive behind the attacks, the method of shutting off the lights for one particular venue by taking out the county’s power grid is the definition of overkill; the collateral damage was massive. It would be akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut. Clearly, there were more pointed and efficient ways to achieve a power outage without throwing the switch on the whole county.

While the theory could prove to be true, it seems unlikely.

NBC and other outlets have jumped the gun before on motives before stories had fully developed and ended up with egg on their face. The most recent example was assuming the mass shooter in Colorado Springs was anti-LGBTQ+, only to find out that the perpetrator in question identified as nonbinary. In other words, he was a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

The power station sabotage could point to something more sinister and much more dangerous to the safety of the American people. It’s a national security problem that is becoming ever more glaring. Our power grid is vulnerable to attack from all sorts of bad actors, both foreign and domestic.

Back in July 2018, Russian operatives successfully hacked into several U.S. power utilities. The Russians did not act on the vulnerability they exposed, but according to the Department of Homeland Security, the foreign hackers had the power to cause blackouts and “could have thrown switches.”

That foreign attack was unsettling enough, but when one also takes into account the current administration’s push towards “green” energy — a costly boondoggle that makes us ever more energy dependent — and the pressure it will exponentially put on the power grid, we should all be concerned.

Then there’s China gathering power and becoming a more overt threat to the American people.

The soft underbelly of the self-inflicted U.S. energy crisis is weakness with devastating consequences if exploited. According to former CIA Director R. James Woolsey: “If you have 30 to 40 percent of the electricity, you may end up having cold showers and warm beer but at least you can continue to function and rebuild. If the whole grid goes down, you are back in the dark ages literally and figuratively. If you end up with zero instead of 40 percent, for example, it’s not just that you have a serious problem with rebuilding, it’s that your civilization and constitution are gone. That’s the end of everything.”

This is a dire warning by one who has good cause to know.

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