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Video: 2024 presidential candidate proposes gov’t controlled ‘smart’ electrical grid

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. hits the campaign trail to celebrate his launch of an independent run for president while visiting supporters at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
November 02, 2023

A resurfaced video from 2011 shows independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. proposing a government-controlled “smart grid” to control electricity across the United States.

A video clip from a 2011 interview Kennedy participated in for the Commonwealth Club of California was shared Thursday by End Wokeness on X, revealing past comments the former Democrat candidate made pertaining to U.S. energy and climate change.

The video shared by End Wokeness was captioned, “RFK Jr. called for a gov-run ‘smart grid’ that could be easily turned on and off by the U.S. government. Trojan horse.”

Over a decade ago, Kennedy actively promoted plans for the federal government to build a smart grid that could power the majority of the United States, allowing the government to have full control over the entire power supply of the nation.

When asked how “a broke federal government” would be able to invest the amount of money that would be required to construct a national grid, Kennedy claimed that the actual cost of the power grid would not “cost that much.”

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He explained, “The grid itself will probably cost about $250 billion to build a smart grid that reaches most of America and that can do the things that we need to do like can send signals through the line, allow the utilities to send a signal through the line, to turn off the hot water boilers in a million homes for 15 minutes in order to avoid the peak demand that is the most expensive part of our electrical system.”

Kennedy claimed that by eliminating peak demand and “using the grid smartly,” the United States would save enough natural gas to power all of the country’s passenger cars. As examples, Kennedy said a signal could be sent through the grid to temporarily turn off every electric toothbrush charger or swimming pool re-circulator.

“All of these things, you don’t care if somebody click turns them off for 15 minutes,” he stated.

Kennedy also suggested that the proposed smart grid would be capable of borrowing stored electricity from American citizens’ cars.

“We need to build a smart grid that costs very little,” he emphasized. “About four months of the Iraq war, we have a whole national grid in this country.”