Skip to comments.Obama’s energy chairman paints rifles a ‘terrorist threat’ for Bloomberg group
Posted on 11/24/2012 7:07:09 PM PST by Nachum
Rifles, even .22 caliber models many young people receive as their first gun, are among the greatest threats to the reliability of the nations power system, U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff claimed at a Tuesday Bloomberg Government Breakfast, Bloomberg News reported yesterday.
Citing inadequately protected transformers as easy targets, Wellinghoff told the group that terrorists in "coordinated" actions committed to destroying them could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out.
His proposed solution, a couple hundred bucks of metal sheeting to block the view of transformers hardly seems comprehensive, realistic, or even sober or sane when his further assertion that it will keep people from seeing through fences presupposes the entire perimeter must be covered. That would seem to be a very expensive proposition, especially when multiplied by the thousands of utility substations throughout the U.S. And its not like ladders arent plentiful enough.
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“They better run, better run, outrun my gun. All the other kids with the pumped up kicks, they better run, better run, faster than my bullet.”
That is a given.The only question is when.
Where do these people get their information??? A .22 LR has an effective range of 150 yrds ...
Citing "inadequately protected" transformers as easy targets, Wellinghoff told the group that terrorists in "coordinated" actions committed to destroying them "could get 200 yards away with a .22 rifle and take the whole thing out."
That is what they are thinking of!
Replace “transformers” with “politicians” and you may find what they are really worried about.
Wind turbine blades are more fun cuz there`re movin` targets.
What Good Can a Handgun Do Against An Army?
American-style freedom is the real danger President You Didn’t Build That and his minions see.
Maybe they should be looking over their shoulders.
Plenty of people fed up.
Yeah, there’s the ticket: Elmer and Joe Rob seceding from whatever by having at a transformer. With a (shudder) rifle.
People get paid to think this stuff up. Hard to believe.
Sounds like IQ and shoe size are similar numbers.
If you can hits a dove on the wing, you can bag a drone, no prob Bob. I think we scares them. Good.
United Soviet States of America bump for later...
I think it’s cocaine fueled paranoia by Barry’s homie czars.
I’ll bet each one of his “czars” has the work ethic and moral compass of Jackson Jr.
The small ones flying at low altitude, yes. But you would be hard pressed to hit one of the bigger ones that fly higher than you can see.
Actually, tree limbs near the power lines that the electric companies no longer bother to trim because they want to milk out some more profits for their hedge fund owners are the greatest threat to the reliability of the nation's power system. Just look at how many power lines are downed by any good sized storm.
As far as I can tell the kind of guys who own guns are the first guys on the scene with chainsaws, bucket trucks, and everything else you need to put the power lines back up and get them working again when they get knocked down by trees because the electric utility execs are too cheap to trim the trees like they used to.
We've got a lot of fools working for the government.
Between “global warming” and rifles they will brainwash the lemmings to get their vote and the principled will still stay home.
I think they are worried about something, but it’s not about the transformers.
I didn’t know people shooting at transformers was a problem.
Sounds like a solution they have in mind in search of a problem.
His brother-in-law probably manufactures metal sheeting. Follow the money. That’s how these guys operate....
Hooboy. If you’re scared of .22’s, maybe guns aren’t the issue.
Maybe a few terrorists could buy some
RC model airplanes drones, and put bombs in them, and crash them into those transformers. Perhaps we should have background checks and waiting periods for buying those things! Or, maybe they could drive a trucks into them; perhaps moats & concrete barriers would help. Or....
We have to fortify every substation and switching yard in the country!
“We have to fortify every substation and switching yard in the country!”
Perhaps simply killing all Muslims would be less expensive?
Still not good enough. I’ll slant drill under it at a shallow depth, frack the ground and drop the whole substation into a 200’ deep hole. ;^)
One is too small to hit at 200 yards. The other that easy to hit at that range is too thick to be damaged.
I don't want to point out the exact spots, but anyone in the biz already knows.
The feds crying wolf about cyber attacks has fallen on a dumb media. Now they want to roll two birds with one stone.
out their butts, of course..
Maybe they could strengthen the xformer by wrapping it in wire. (hehehehe) (just leave the 2 bitter ends facing my property.)
It is a credible threat. A coordinated attack on hundreds of sub stations...organized by cell phone for a specific time on a specific day...would leave a large swath of this country without electricity for months and in some cases years.
There are so few of these transformers held in reserve it's ludicrous. A definite weak spot and no matter what kind of a liberal weasel a-hole says this is a problem...they are correct.
Typical liberal hype to control guns once again.
If you want to make a power grid go down all that you have to do is take a coat-hanger, stretch it out and then form it in a large “S” shape and throw it across the wires of a transmission line. “Pow!” It blows the breakers.
For large high voltage transmission lines use a stripped 12ga wire of about 25 feet, tie a weight to it and sling it over 2 wires of the HV line. Of course it’s a good idea to let go of the wire before it touches the lines.
In all cases it will blow the line breakers.
The fact Wellinghoff would make such a suggestion shows he is an idiot, to put it kindly. Does he think terrorists are so stupid that a metal enclosure around a substation would fool them or protect the transformers? Building it for “a few hundred” dollars? Really. This fool has no idea of the cost of such a wool-brained scheme.
The only way I can forgive such dumb comments is if Wellinghoff is simply saying such fluff for the MSM. Now they’re stupid enough to buy this line.
The only requirement of these scare tactics are to scare the women and timid men. They believe that the government is in business to raise their children and to protect sissies.
It works every time.
Knowing their propensity for twisting facts, if they used any actual ballistics information at all it was from a .22-250.
I used to live in Louisiana, and now live in Western Washington.
My podunk rural REA down in Louisiana properly maintained power line trimming...as a result, we rarely lost power, even in hurricanes, and when power went down, it was brought back up quickly.
Now, in Washington, the "I love the trees" crowd has prevailed and you have the ridiculous situation of 70 foot tall fir trees ten feed away from a 35 foot high power line. If someone spits on the sidewalk or farts, we lose power.
The ONLY available option for the utility to improve reliability is to "underground" the power cables.......which is REALLY expensive for the utility.
Was thinking along these lines but who has the machinery and skill to do so? Not many really and there's few machinists that would consider doing this for a kid with his new 22. May as well just buy a fifty cal and some high grain ammo and be done with it. But I'm not much a rifle junky anymore so maybe it would be cheaper your way.
Once again Bloomberg is full of spit and talks a good UN line but really is not a gansta with his mach 10 and 9mm handgun more of a problem killing people than some kid with a 22 considering some anarchy blowing up a transformer and watching all the pretty sparks before the lights go out? You'd THINK this guy would consider the incredible amount of illegal weaponry from gangs more so than some kid that's more prone to killing a few critters, bottles and cans.
signed old fogy that had a 22 back when
IMHO earthen berms constructed around these vulnerable transformers might offer better bullet protection, and heck if you stuck a few metal rods in them, you might even get decent lightening protection as well. But, what would I know, I’m not a highly trained government engineer.
Sounds like some miniscule branch of the government is dreaming up some non-existent threat, so as to get funding from the DHS teet, to fix a problem that doesn’t exist, or at least to give this “problem” “futher study” status.
As we have been saying for years, they won’t ban your scoped deer rifles, they’ll call them “sniper rifles” first.
Just wait till jihadi squirrels chew through a wire.