On May 1 of last year, former President Trump had signed Executive Order 13920, entitled “Securing the United States Bulk-Power System,” to prevent foreign adversaries from creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system.
“The bulk-power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities,” the executive order read. “Although maintaining an open investment climate in bulk-power system electric equipment, and in the United States economy more generally, is important for the overall growth and prosperity of the United States, such openness must be balanced with the need to protect our Nation against a critical national security threat.”
In December of 2020, former US Secretary for Energy Dan Brouillette had issued a prohibition order “designed to reduce the risks that entities associated with the People’s Republic of China pose to the Nation’s bulk-power system” under Executive Order 13920, which took effect on January 16 — just a few days before Biden’s inauguration.
On his first day in the office, President Biden suspended Executive Order 13920 for 90 days as part of his “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”
According to his executive order, “The Secretary of Energy and the Director of OMB shall jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued.”
While we are yet to see whether a replacement order will be issued and whether a replacement would similarly protect Americas’ bulk-power system from being exploited by foreign adversaries, it’s hard to comprehend why Trump’s executive order needed to be suspended in the first place.
Was it done to go against former President Trump, or was it actually because of his son, Hunter Biden?
After all, CNN had reported last month, “After [Joe Biden] left office in 2017, Hunter Biden worked on securing a deal with CEFC China Energy to invest in US energy projects.” Although the deal had fallen through, Hunter Biden’s business dealing with China could motive his father’s suspending Trump’s executive order. Biden has repeatedly insisted that his son’s business dealings with Ukraine, while he was the vice president, were not a conflict of interest. He has also gone on record, saying that “China is not our problem.”