Why a Green New Deal champion pumped gas for $ 1.22

Hrezi speaking with voters at his event offering gasoline at $ 1.22 a gallon.

The May 7 cyberattack that violated the computer systems of America’s largest gas pipeline counts more than they tell us. It’s not just that the hack of the colonial pipeline by a criminal extortion ring pushed gas demand and prices to a six-year high, leaving panicked motorists’ tanks empty. Or that we had three to five days before the ripple effects of the closure would have affected transit systems, chemical plants and refining operations.

What is truly disturbing is the massive vulnerability the attack exposed in our country’s cyber defenses – even through this relatively unsophisticated attack – and how far behind our government has been in taking cybersecurity to the fore. serious. The Government Accountability Office now admits that US federal cybersecurity was not only allowed to regress, it was added to the category of government programs at high risk of failure. So who should we blame? Well, our leaders of course. And the longer they lead, the more blame they get.

U.S. Representative John Larson has represented the First Congressional District for 22 years. And during that time, it has repeatedly failed to respond to the experts’ call to action when it comes to strengthening our cybersecurity. For example, we should invest in the best cyber defense systems that have been on the market for years, and Congress must by law designate an official or office to lead our national cybersecurity efforts.

Instead, Representative Larson used his power to squander trillions of our taxpayer’s dollars in irrecoverable wars that have done little to help us keep us safe. In fact, as the co-chair of the Congressional Joint Strike Fighter, Representative Larson was behind the outrageous $ 1.5 trillion F-35 program that even the Air Force admitted was a failure. For most, a trillion dollar mistake would be a sobering wake-up call, but not for Rep. Larson. He recently joined an effort to double on the failed experience this cycle of credits. The $ 700,000 he received in campaign contributions may have something to do with his zeal for the failed project. It’s bad enough when our leaders don’t spend our money wisely, but when donor-favorite projects massively harm the collective, we need to draw a red line.

So why am I bringing up these eternal wars and a failed $ 1.5 trillion plane when it comes to the recent cyberattack? Because they highlight how our leaders are failing to reorganize our defense capabilities and prepare for the future of 21st century warfare. And it’s going to hurt us all.

The most consistent targets for cyber warfare are businesses and governments; that’s where the money is. Look no further than the $ 5 million in ransom paid by Colonial Pipeline to restart and you will have the picture. Beyond the benefits that may become commonplace, cyber warfare also seeks to undermine critical infrastructure – such as our energy, transportation, and telecommunications systems – that America needs to thrive.

This is all why I pumped gasoline for $ 1.22 per gallon (a nod to Larson’s 22-year tenure as the First District) earlier this month at a Hartford Shell station. I wanted to draw attention to the colonial pipeline attack and talk to voters about what it means. People should be told that the United States has one of the most computerized infrastructures in the world, and leaders like Representative Larson have left it open to attack. And as a strong supporter of the Green New Deal and modernizing our electricity grid, I know that a truly functional green energy sector will not be possible until it is impervious to the actions of groups trying to to harm Americans.

Representative Larson’s response to the event was unfortunate, but not at all unsurprising. He adopted the same deflecting posture he took in the past when challenged. Rather than owning his myopia on politics and mismanaging our money, he turned to some COVID-19 relief measures adopted by leaders and resorted to ad hominem attacks on me. It is not leadership.

Muad Hrezi of Hartford is a former political advisor to United States Senator Chris Murphy and a candidate for Connecticut’s First Congressional District.

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