By John Ostapkovich
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Power outages lasted weeks for some people in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and it’s a frightening thought that someone might be able to do that on purpose.READ MORE: Exclusive: Sources Tell CBS3 Criminal Charges Expected In Fire, Building Collapse That Resulted In Death Of Philadelphia Fire Lt. Sean Williamson
Terrorists versus the power grid sounds both like a national security nightmare and the gist for a thriller.
Former North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan, co-author of Gridlock which is a thriller on that subject, says the threat is real and the novel may help bring it to the attention of a wider group.
“Our power system is very vulnerable,” he says. “You could see a shutdown by hackers in cyber terror. You could see it shutdown for days, weeks or months, crippling this country and causing enormous havoc.”READ MORE: 2 Suspects Fatally Shot During Home Invasion In South Philadelphia, Police Say
Dorgan says there’s no one national overseer of the power grid.
“We built a super highway of highways for cars in this country, but we never built a superhighway of transmission capability,” he explains.
Dorgan says electric deregulation has actually made the situation worse, with more stakeholders to consider.MORE NEWS: Officer Fires Gun During Struggle With Suspect Wanted For Stealing Car, Philadelphia Police Say