The true blue state of California has a new feature to add to their list of reasons not to move there. They are experiencing the worst power outages in history, as the power company tries to prevent outbreaks of wildfires. But if this were any other state they probably would have been in a better way. But not California...
"Millions of Californians, many in the most densely populated parts of the country have had their power shut off by the utility company, Pacific Gas and Electric.
The scale of these blackouts is unprecedented in the history of California.
The local utility, PG&E, initiated the blackout in an effort to limit the potential for mass wildfires, which ravaged the state in 2018 and bankrupted the company.
Exposed power lines and infrastructure make the likelihood of sparking fires much greater in places where there is ample dry fuel (more on that later). Still, the fires are back this year.
The blackout, which has hit cities throughout Northern California, is causing chaos: businesses have to shut down, people can’t go to work, and in some blacked-out areas, curfews have been put in place to prevent crime.
It’s a mess.
Much of the blame for the blackout has been hurled at the utility, with some even turning to vandalize PG&E offices and shooting at its trucks.
Though it’s easy to criticize PG&E, which hardly looks good in this whole mess, there is a lot of blame to go around—and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with “climate change.”
Poor land management has been a major contributing factor to the uptick in massive wildfires in the West and around the country. California is particularly susceptible."
The poor land management is a result of environmentalists trying to save the trees. Their protests have led California to abandon forest management and instead focus on fire suppression. So they would rather focus on the consequences of buckling to the tree huggers as opposed to just telling them No, and preventing the issue entirely.
The power company PG&E is also, of course, to blame as they have been dumping money into green initiatives instead of properly maintaining their powerlines.
So now California has a booming homeless population, rats, human excrement on the streets, threats of medival diseases spreading, and many are literally in the dark. I wonder now, is this enough for them to consider voting Republican next election?