May 20th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

U.S.: al Qaeda has interest in strikes on energy infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned police across the United States that al Qaeda has a "continuing interest" in attacking oil and natural gas targets, a department spokesman said Friday.

The warning came as a result of information seized during the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, a U.S. official said.

"We are not aware of indications of any specific or imminent terrorist-attack plotting against the oil and natural gas sector overseas or in the United States," said Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler.

"However, in 2010 there was continuing interest by members of al Qaeda in targeting oil tankers and commercial oil infrastructure at sea."

Chandler said it is "unclear if any further planning has been conducted" since the middle of last year.

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  1. Send In The Trolls

    Shut up, you asses!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    None of the posts were written by me, and you know it.

    Stop with the evil shenanigans.

    May 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    @bobcat2u:

    I know, right? This is the dumbest thing CNN has posted in a while. Talk about redundancy!

    May 20, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ellis From Panama

    Me too me too. I'm GAYYYYYY

    May 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. joe

    No wonder our infrastructure is so messed up. Pesky al quada. What next, poison our water? (no offense mississippi river)

    May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @banasy: hi.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @troll: **********YAWN**********

    May 20, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Plee

    The Secretary of Energy lied to Congress.

    It's up to us to set the record straight!
    Let Congress know we need them to help stop the misinformation coming out of DOE in order to protect special interest friends of the DOE staff. Stop the privatization of our government by nuclear and oil friends (Who hate hydrogen and fuel cells because they compete with them) of the staff. GAO investigations have already proven DOE favoritism in published reports. We need new leadership at DOE!

    This week, DOE Secretary Steven Chu appeared in front of the Senate Energy and Water Development Subcommittee to face questions about the President's FY2012 energy budget. The first question out of the gate from Committee Chair Diane Feinstein, who pre-arranged the question/response with Chu, was about Sec. Chu's "current view on hydrogen technology and whether it can be successful or not."

    Sec. Chu gave incorrect information on hydrogen that contradicts real world data as well as numerous DOE studies and reports. He claimed that hydrogen obtained from natural gas had "no benefit" in terms of carbon elimination. Yet, DOE-funded research has shown that the most clean and efficient use of natural gas for transportation is to use it to create hydrogen to power a fuel cell electric vehicle. Chu also said hydrogen storage was a problem due to high pressure. What's the problem Sec. Chu? These tanks have logged nearly 3 million miles, had more than 27,000 fill ups, and managed to fuel vehicles for more than 114,000 hours of operation.

    We need you to tell Congress that the DOE should stop giving misleading information – it is up to DOE to fairly represent the current state of the technology. Right now, they aren't doing that. We need critical decisions on our energy future made based on fact!

    The time is now to redouble our efforts to ensure that fuel cells and hydrogen energy are included in any clean energy strategy.

    We need Congress to know that the head of the Energy Department is not giving the White House and the rest of the country the facts on how robust fuel cell and hydrogen technologies have become. We are asking for fairness. The DOE owes the President and the country that much.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to our campaign.

    Sincerely,

    Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association

    American Clean Energy Association

    National Green Power Campaign

    May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ellis from Panama

    My middle name is GAY. So I like big hot dogs. So what?

    May 20, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung ho

    I am so surprised that they didnt target nuckear on 911 instead it wouldve caused alot more turmoil than the twin towers

    May 21, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
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