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    Rolling blackouts in America?!

    I find it very disturbing, that an American electrical utility cannot find a way to avoid the possibility of electrical-caused wildfires other than to create blackouts that affect millions of Americans. I know we here at TA.net express a lot of disdain for California and their draconian liberal laws, but for certain citizens of this great country to be told that the lights are going dark, 'cause their power company couldn't figure a way to fix their power distribution problems is something I thought I would never see.

    PG&E's only fix is to turn the power off??!! Whatever happened to rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done? This is the United States of America, for crying out loud! Make it happen!

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/pge-start...ere-wind-event

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...rk/3927858002/



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    Texas addressed this problem many years ago, going the opposite direction that Kalifornia went, and I've heard absolutely nothing about needing blackouts or brownouts here to deal with electricity shortages. That may not be the case elsewhere, though, and I hope state legislators deal with this issue instead of resorting to Kalifornian-style draconian laws.
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    How dare you compare a Texan to a Californian!
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    The problem with Cali and PG&E is damned if you do, damned if you don't. They won't let PG&E trim/clean the ROW due to environmental regs in CA, but then demonize PG&E when the wind puts a tree into the lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrucksNCoffee View Post
    I find it very disturbing, that an American electrical utility cannot find a way to avoid the possibility of electrical-caused wildfires other than to create blackouts that affect millions of Americans. I know we here at TA.net express a lot of disdain for California and their draconian liberal laws, but for certain citizens of this great country to be told that the lights are going dark, 'cause their power company couldn't figure a way to fix their power distribution problems is something I thought I would never see.

    PG&E's only fix is to turn the power off??!! Whatever happened to rolling up your sleeves and getting the job done? This is the United States of America, for crying out loud! Make it happen!

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/pge-start...ere-wind-event

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...rk/3927858002/



    Note: I started this thread in the Lounge, but if it goes political, that's fine - we'll just move it.

    The problem isn't with the state of California remarkably enough. This one falls squarely on PG&E. They've had DECADES to properly maintain their lines and equipment but it was "too expensive". I imagine the board members going to prison for 20 years for countless cases of negligent homicide (and yes, you can make a solid case exactly for that charge) will be a walk in the park for them... THEN you'll have the wrongful death lawsuits. Being it's Cali, I can see that top multiple BILLIONS of dollars they'll seek.
    This is like the old Fram oil filter commercials playing out in real time; "You can pay me now or you can pay me later".
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    It has happened here in Texas too because they simply couldn't produce enough power to meet demand, I've experience rolling blackouts and brownouts for as long as two hours.
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    Blackouts are a common problem in 3rd world countries.

    And the Leftists running California are quickly running the 5th biggest economy in the world right into 3rd world status.
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    I could be wrong because I don't follow California news or politics, but from what little I've heard it's a California caused problem. The greenies wouldn't let the power company clear power corridors, and then they sued them after the last fire for billions of dollars claiming they had responsibility in the fire. Now PG&E is preemptively turning off power so they don't get sued again and the state is in an uproar about it. Sounds like they're stuck between a rock and a hard place. If you were the one in charge what would you do? Personally I'd let the state burn to the last stick but that's just me.

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    Where is Erin Brokovich when you need her?
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    No one needs Erin Brokovich.

    Years ago, Californians voted down a nuclear plant that was almost ready to go on line. Enjoy your blackouts.
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