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Senate Hearing: Energy Security and Electromagnetic Pulse Threats May 4, 2017

C-SPAN May 4, 2017. 1 Hour, 54 minutes.

Hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Energy Security and Electromagnetic Pulse Threats. Witnesses testified on the security of the nation’s energy infrastructure, including the threats posed by electromagnetic pulses (EMPs). EMPs are natural or man-made bursts of energy that can potentially disable the electrical power grid. Panelists included former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the acting chair of the federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and former defense and security officials of prior presidential administrations.

Speakers and Witnesses:

  • Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senator (Class 1) [D] Washington
  • Bill Cassidy M.D. U.S. Senator (Class 2) [R] Louisiana
  • Henry Cooper, Director (Former) Strategic Defense Initiative Organization
  • Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Secretary (Former) Department of Homeland Security, Infrastructure Protection
  • Al Franken, U.S. Senator (Class 2) [D] Minnesota
  • Newt Gingrich, U.S. Representative (Former) [R] Georgia
  • Angus King, U.S. Senator (Class 1) [I] Maine
  • Cheryl LaFleur, Chair (Acting) Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Joe Manchin, U.S. Senator (Class 1) [D] West Virginia
  • Robin Manning, Vice President Electric Power Research Institute,Transmission and Distribution
  • Lisa Murkowski, U.S. Senator (Class 3) [R] Alaska
  • Jim Risch, U.S. Senator (Class 2) [R] Idaho
  • Kevin Wailes, Administrator and CEO Lincoln Electric System
  • Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator (Class 3) [D] Oregon