84R12293 BPG-D
  By: Hall S.C.R. No. 20
         WHEREAS, Our food and water supplies, communications,
  banking, hospitals, law enforcement, and countless critical
  functions depend on the electric grid, but the federal government
  has failed to ensure its security; and
         WHEREAS, Numerous national publications have reported on the
  great danger to the electric grid from an electromagnetic pulse, or
  EMP; national experts regard a potential attack on our electric
  grid system, whether natural or manmade, as a grave threat to our
  American way of life; and
         WHEREAS, The risk of an EMP attack has been acknowledged
  since the 1960s, and the congressional EMP Commission warned in its
  2004 and 2008 reports that terrorists or state actors using
  relatively unsophisticated missiles armed with nuclear weapons
  could stage such an attack; in 2009, the congressional Commission
  on the Strategic Posture of the United States, led by former
  Secretaries of Defense William Perry and James Schlesinger, urged
  immediate action to protect the electric grid; and
         WHEREAS, Although the federal government has thus far
  neglected to take action, Texas is fortunate to have its own power
  grid; the state is thus capable of hardening its own electric system
  to ensure reliable electricity in a hostile environment for
  residents, businesses, and state and local government, as well as
  for U.S. military bases; and
         WHEREAS, Even if an EMP threat never materializes, protecting
  the grid would provide substantial economic benefits; as the
  federal government closes military bases around the country, Texas
  bases would likely survive closure, due to their enhanced energy
  security; moreover, companies considering relocation or expansion
  would clearly find the assurance of secure power immensely valuable
  and look to the Lone Star State; and
         WHEREAS, The protection of the electric grid is essential to
  the security and continued prosperity of our state and nation, and
  Texas is prepared to do its part to ensure that citizens can rely
  completely on the power system that sustains our society; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the 84th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby respectfully urge the United States Congress to provide
  Department of Homeland Security funds for the protection of the
  state's electric grid; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
  copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
  the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House of
  Representatives of the United States Congress, to the secretary of
  the Department of Homeland Security, and to all the members of the
  Texas delegation to Congress with the request that this resolution
  be entered in the Congressional Record as a memorial to the Congress
  of the United States of America.