Monday, May 13, 2019

Oh, wonderful. California May Go Dark This Summer.

A plan by California’s biggest utility to cut power on high-wind days during the onrushing wildfire season could plunge millions of residents into darkness.

This was never a problem for decades.  Now why has this issue become so problematic that millions have to suffer?

The plan by PG&E Corp. comes after the bankrupt utility said a transmission line that snapped in windy weather probably started last year’s Camp Fire, the deadliest in state history. While the plan may end one problem, it creates another as Californians seek ways to deal with what some fear could be days and days of blackouts.

Governor Gavin Newsom said he’s budgeting $75 million to help communities deal with the threat.
"I’m worried," Newsom said Thursday during a budget briefing in Sacramento. "We’re all worried about it for the elderly. We’re worried about it because we could see people’s power shut off not for a day or two but potentially a week."
Six of the 10 most destructive wildfires in California history have come in the last 18 months, killing 123 people, and often shutting down large sections of the state’s electrical grid.  And one of the major reasons those fires were so bad was the state's own rules preventing people from cleaning up the forest around their places so a fire couldn't burn right up to building.   Now the dumb ass government stooges are spending 75 million they really don't have to pretend to address the problem.  I'm suspicious Newsome's plan is nothing more than political virtue signaling to the electorate, to cover, if he can, for the government's own partial responsibility for this situation.
There's a whole lot to this situation we don't know about.  I can't believe that a windy day poses such a huge risk to the state, when for decades there was nary a problem.  Why suddenly now?
It would be a good subject for an enterprising journalist.  Oh wait, are there any??