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Politics Overnight Energy: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline attack | Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week | Three questions about Biden's conservation goals

02:40  11 may  2021
02:40  11 may  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers

  Fact check: Biden's speech had an estimated 26.9 million viewers The president’s first address to Congress had 26.9 million viewers, not 11.6 million as claimed in a social media post.An April 29 Facebook post from James T. Harris, a conservative radio host and social media personality, lists television ratings for five past presidential addresses — four from former President Donald Trump and one from Biden. The post says Biden’s address to Congress had only 11.6 million viewers, compared to 37.2 million viewers for Trump’s 2020 State of the Union speech.

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Today it's pipelines all the way down as we examine what you need to know about the cyberattack that's halted operations at a pipeline serving 45 percent of people on the East Coast, plus a look at President Biden's conservation plan.

Pipeline cyberattack: Regulator urges CEOs to intensify cyber defenses

  Pipeline cyberattack: Regulator urges CEOs to intensify cyber defenses Neil Chatterjee, a top federal energy regulator, is calling on energy CEOs to step up their cyber defenses following a ransomware attack that knocked one of America's most important pipelines offline. © Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock Mandatory Credit: Photo by JIM LO SCALZO/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (11895253o) An image made with a drone shows fuel tanks at a Colonial Pipeline breakout station in Woodbine, Maryland, USA, 08 May 2021. A cyberattack forced the shutdown of 5,500 miles of Colonial Pipeline's sprawling interstate system, which carries gasoline and jet fuel from Texas to New York.

ALL DOWN THE LINE: Colonial aims to 'substantially' restore pipeline operations by end of week

The Colonial Pipeline Company said that it hopes to "substantially" restore the operations of its pipeline by the end of the week following a ransomware attack that led to its shutdown.

It said in a statement that segments of the Colonial Pipeline, which transports oil from Texas to the East Coast, are being "brought back online in a stepwise fashion" and that its plan will take a "phased approach" for returns to service.

"This plan is based on a number of factors with safety and compliance driving our operational decisions, and the goal of substantially restoring operational service by the end of the week," the statement said, noting that the company will provide updates on its progress.

EXPLAINER: Why the Colonial Pipeline hack matters

  EXPLAINER: Why the Colonial Pipeline hack matters NEW YORK (AP) — A cyberattack on a critical U.S. pipeline is sending ripple effects across the economy, highlighting cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the nation's aging energy infrastructure. The Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of the fuel used along the Eastern seaboard, shut down Friday after a ransomware attack by gang of criminal hackers that calls itself DarkSide. Depending on how long the shutdown lasts, the incident could impact millions of consumers. © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2016 file photo vehicles are seen near Colonial Pipeline in Helena, Ala.

The story so far: Colonial announced over the weekend that it would shut down the 5,500 mile-pipeline after a ransomware attack breached its IT system. It did so to prevent the attackers from accessing its operational technology.

The pipeline supplies about 45 percent of the East Coast's fuel supply. Analysts told The Hill on Monday that the impacts of the shutdown would depend on how long the pipeline's main segment remains offline.

Read more about the company's announcement here.

THE WILD COLONIAL BOY: 5 takeaways from the Colonial Pipeline hack

  • Hack sparks fears of gas price increase
  • White House irritated by lack of control
  • Ransomware is a major growing threat
  • US energy vulnerabilities exposed
  • Biden under pressure amid cybersecurity threats

Read the details here.

KING'S RANSOM: Colonial Pipeline attack underscores US energy's vulnerability

The ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline, the largest supplier of oil to the Northeast region of the United States, is underscoring just how vulnerable critical U.S. infrastructure is to cybercriminals in a way no previous attack has done, say U.S. officials and experts in the field.

Colonial Pipeline wasn't the first and won't be the last cyber pirate attack

  Colonial Pipeline wasn't the first and won't be the last cyber pirate attack The fact that an apparent group of cyber pirates -- a secret criminal nerd syndicate -- can take down the aorta of fuel for the East Coast should be sending shockwaves through the country. © Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images WOODBRIDGE, NEW JERSEY - MAY 10: Fuel holding tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline's Linden Junction Tank Farm on May 10, 2021 in Woodbridge, New Jersey. We've all read this year about the pandemic threatening supply chains and about climate change causing more freak weather that threatens power grids.

The successful breach of Colonial Pipeline's IT system forced the company to shut down 5,500 miles of pipelines to ensure hackers could not gain access to its operational technology.

The attack was shocking in some ways in that it illustrated how vulnerable a critical and large company such as Colonial Pipeline was to increasingly frequent ransom attacks.

What are the implications of the breach?: And it also showed such attacks have a far larger impact. The entire nation could see a rise in gas prices because of the attack on the pipeline, which carries around 45 percent of oil used on the East Coast and runs between Texas and New York.

Read more about the hack here.


Video: Climate expert weighs in on Biden's promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions (CBS News)

CONSERVATION CONVERSATIONS: Three questions about Biden's conservation goals

The Biden administration's report on its goal of conserving 30 percent of lands and waters leaves several unanswered questions, including how conservation will be defined and how it specifically plans to make sure such conservation is carried out.

Russia Denies Involvement in Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack: Kremlin

  Russia Denies Involvement in Colonial Pipeline Cyber Attack: Kremlin President Joe Biden said that although U.S. intelligence had found no evidence to link the attack with the Russian government, he believed the country had "some responsibility to deal with" the issue.The pipeline, which stretches more than 5,500 miles and carries 45 percent of the East Coast's supply of diesel, petrol and jet fuel, was taken offline over the weekend, disrupting fuel supply across eastern parts of the country and pushing prices up.

Republicans, some of whom have expressed opposition to the goal of conserving 30 percent of the country's land by the year 2030, are calling for more details. Some suggest Biden's goal could have bipartisan support if certain conditions are met, but the lack of clarity in the current report prompted criticism of vagueness.

How do supporters feel?: And while some supporters of the so-called "30 by 30" initiative agree the report lacks some answers, they also expressed confidence that specifics are coming.

Read more about the plan here.

ON TAP TOMORROW:

  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing to examine equity in transportation infrastructure

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Hawaii's Big Island On Pace To Meet Renewable Energy Goals In 2 Years, The Honolulu Civil Beat reports

ON TAP NEXT WEEK:

On Tuesday:

  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a hearing to examine equity in transportation infrastructure

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Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack and gas shortage: What you need to know

  Colonial Pipeline ransomware hack and gas shortage: What you need to know A weekend shutdown of the pipeline is still playing out along the East Coast.Colonial Pipeline was the target of a ransomware attack that forced it to shut down operations.

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Fact check: Viral image of plastic bags filled with gas is from 2019 .
An image claiming to show gas-filled plastic bags amid the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline was actually taken in 2019 in Mexico.The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which delivers about 45% of fuel for the East Coast, shut down on May 7 following a ransomware attack by a hacking group called DarkSide. Pipeline operations resumed on May 12.

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