According to a recent Politico story, political extremism is a factor in the rise in attacks on electricity infrastructure around the country.
According to Politico, there were twice as many power grid attacks during the first three months of 2023 than there were during the same period in 2022.
According to a recent Insider investigation, the largest attack on a power grid in 2022 had a negative impact on 45,000 people in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Neo-Nazis Target US Power Grid in Hopes of Sparking Racial Conflict
According to Insider, right-wing extremism has been a significant factor as neo-Nazi groups target power infrastructure because of their belief in accelerationism, or the idea that unstable actions will spark racial conflict.
Manny Cancel, senior vice president at the North American Electric Reliability Corp stated that power grid threats increased in both the 2020 and 2022 election cycles.
In recent years, physical and cyberattacks have both harmed power infrastructure. According to Politico, the FBI has advised power executives to remain vigilant and mindful of grid risks.