There's One Top Dem Who Wants Biden to Stay in the Race
Tim Alberta Just Said Something That Should Send Dems Into Total Panic
A Major Lie From the Secret Service About the Trump Assassination Attempt Just...
And We Have Another Brutal Development on the Trump Assassination Attempt
The Idea of Changing Your Mind Confuses Democrats
Republicans Roar Out of Milwaukee Confident of November Victory
A Quick Bible Study Vol. 226: Psalm Summer - Part 3
Grover Cleveland, Long Before Donald Trump
Iran Threat on the Global Stage: Resistance, Elections, and the Western Dilemma
Big Labor Comes for the House
Donald Trump’s Shooter — A Product of Government Schools’ Indoctrination?
JD Vance Will Protect American Workers
Exposing the Lies of Socialism
Vance Should Not Cower From Abortion Controversy
Does Gretchen Whitmer Have What It Takes to be President?
Tipsheet

Oh, So That’s Why Parts of California Will Be Without Power for Nearly a Week

Jay Westcott/The News & Advance via AP

Around this time, California burns. The wildfires are atrocious. The damage is severe, along with the loss of life. For residents of this state, they know the drill. Yet, nearly a million people will be without power for almost a week. This comes as the utility company PG&E was warned that they could face an enormous liability if they continue to keep peoples’ lights on due to the wildfire situation. Thirty-four counties will be impacted. As a result, there have been runs to the local home improvement stores and other establishments for flashlights, batteries, and propane tanks (via Associated Press):

Advertisement

Millions of people were poised to lose electricity throughout northern and central California after Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced Tuesday it would shut off power in the largest preventive outage in state history to try to avert wildfires caused by faulty lines.

PG&E said it would begin turning off power to 800,000 customers in 34 counties starting after midnight Wednesday amid forecasts of windy, dry weather that create extreme fire danger. To the south, Southern California Edison also said Tuesday that more than 106,000 of its customers in parts of eight counties could face power cuts.

Outages are planned in more than half of California's 58 counties, although not everyone in those counties will have their power cut.

[…]

Gov. Gavin Newsom said PG&E had no choice given that it would have faced liability for fire damage but he said customers are right to feel outraged. The utility needs to upgrade and fix its equipment so massive outages aren't the norm going forward, he said.

"No one is satisfied with this, no one is happy with this," he said.

The outage will also affect portions of the agricultural Central Valley, the state's northern and central coasts and the Sierra Nevada foothills where a November wildfire blamed on PG&E transmission lines killed 85 people and devastated the town of Paradise.

Jennifer Siemens, who lost her home in Paradise, rents a house in the nearby town of Oroville and said she was bracing for a third blackout in a month.

[…]

San Francisco-based Pacific Gas & Electric sought bankruptcy protection in January, saying it could not afford an estimated $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits stemming from recent wildfire. As part of ongoing bankruptcy litigation, last month the company agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing claimants from deadly Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018.

Advertisement

So, we have a Venezuelan-like blackout situation coming, except that it’s planned. Some are blaming the state’s voters, as California paved the way for utility companies to be sued for damages from wildfires. It’s just one of the many problems facing the state.

Sponsored

Join the conversation as a VIP Member

Recommended

Trending on Townhall Videos

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement