The Secure The Grid Minute

Secretary Perry Warned of Polar Vortex-Induced Blackouts & FERC Dismissed Him

February 1, 2019

This is Tommy Waller with the Secure The Grid Minute.  

In 2017, Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed incentives for electricity companies to keep 90 days of back up fuel, to both bolster national security and help prevent blackouts during severe weather events, including polar vortexes. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was quick to dismiss this effort and maintain its “business as usual” approach to allowing the energy industry to set the rules.  Since 2010, immediately after the appointment of Commissioner Cheryl LaFleur, FERC has also helped cover up the names of energy companies who have violated many different types of safety and security protocols.

Yesterday, midst the rising death toll from a polar vortex that has left thousands without power, Commissioner LaFleur announced her resignation.  We pray that her replacement will embrace the Trump administration’s energy security policies, rather than obstruct them. 

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