- - Thursday, February 20, 2014

The recent op-ed essays “Was attack on San Jose electric-power substation terrorism?” (Web, Feb. 7) and “Protecting the electric grid” (Feb. 13) were disconcerting to say the least.

The Washington Times has done a great public service in bringing the vulnerability of our electric grid to light, and it is appropriate that this matter be studied and efforts be taken to protect critical infrastructure in a way that makes financial sense.

Both pieces vaguely wagged accusatory fingers at Iran and North Korea for the San Jose attack, but I think they may have missed a much more likely culprit or accomplice: homegrown eco-terrorists.

First, writer Peter Vincent Pry’s colorful description of transformers being “sprayed” with AK-47 fire is highly speculative. An AK-47 is indeed a fully automatic machine gun, but there is no way to tell whether the shots were fired from “the favorite assault rifle of rogue states” (which is rarely found and difficult to obtain in the United States) or from any number of other, non-automatic rifles chambered for the same ammunition and readily available to U.S. citizens.


Regardless, this act of terrorism could very well be a violent escalation of the ongoing “green” war on U.S. energy. As noted in Steve Milloy’s 2009 book “Green Hell,” “[B]y making energy scarce, the greens create larger avenues for expanding the government’s power over the individual.”

Nowhere is this sentiment more evident than in California, where this attack took place. It is not much of a leap of logic to suspect complicity of one or more of the radical environmental groups in such an attack, and I hope the FBI is looking into that possibility.

This ought to be a wake-up call to those that support the strategy of hamstringing traditional energy development. The current administration apparently agrees with the “green” agenda, so it remains to be seen if it does anything more than just talk about reducing our vulnerability to future attacks against our power grid.

STEPHEN HATCH

Centreville