President Joe Biden has rescinded an executive order of former President Donald Trump that was designed to prevent foreign countries meddling with the U.S. power grid. Trump's order specifically prohibited "any acquisition, importation, transfer, or installation" of bulk-power system (BPS) electrical equipment by "foreign adversaries."
As part of his own "Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis," President Biden suspended that effort.
Trump's order explained that the BPS provides the electricity for "national defense, vital emergency services, critical infrastructure, economy, and way of life" in the U.S, and that foreign actors were "increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities" in it.
With an eye towards the nefarious activity of the Chinese Communist Party, the former administration had used the order in an attempt to remove "undue risk" to the BPS, thereby securing the resiliency of U.S. critical infrastructure, economy, national security, and the safety of Americans.
President Biden's new order designates the Secretary of Energy and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to "jointly consider whether to recommend that a replacement order be issued."