Cyberthreats Heighten U.S. Energy Vulnerability

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April 23, 2020 - 6:15pm

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This article addresses our energy situation and proposes an upcoming adversary that will make energy consumption even more delicate. It speaks on our biggest source of energy, gas, and its state of vulnerability in the United States.

It states that in the past we have gone through an energy crisis because of our dependency on foreign energy. Bringing the production into the United States made us less susceptible to a crisis but forced us to tap into our own supply. This is relevant to the course because the amount of gas used and the reserve amounts that are still undetermined are present themes in the class and article. Since production has only gone up from then it is still a current issue. This article brings up that all of this gas is being produced although there is no infrastructure to distribute it to those in need. While it may seem helpful to be stocked up on an energy source if gas is the main source of energy and a large part of the community economy the area would still be vulnerable. 

The article then touched on what could be a problem in the future. With everything becoming part of the digital world anything is susceptible to hacking. This includes pipelines as well, all types of data can be stolen. It is also possible to cause physical harm through this, with capacity to disturb communications and even cause a leak. This is relevant because it poses another dimension to energy vulnerability.

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Marks, James. “Cyberthreats Heighten U.S. Energy Vulnerability.” RealClearPolitics. RealClearHoldings, July 19, 2018. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2018/07/19/cyberthreats_heigh....

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James Marks, "Cyberthreats Heighten U.S. Energy Vulnerability ", contributed by Logan Young, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 5 May 2020, accessed 21 May 2022. https://energyrights.info/content/cyberthreats-heighten-us-energy-vulnerability