PG&E cuts power to million of people in California as a crazy third world approach to being resilient against high winds and wild fires.
California’s biggest utility shut off electricity to more than a million people Wednesday for what could be days on end, in the most sweeping effort in state history to prevent wildfires caused by windblown power lines.
The move came after two years of catastrophic fires sent Pacific Gas & Electric into bankruptcy and forced it to take more aggressive steps to prevent blazes. The utility said it cut power to more than 500,000 customers in Northern California and that it planned to gradually turn off electricity to nearly 800,000 customers to prevent its equipment from starting wildfires during windy weather. A second group of about 234,000 customers was to lose power starting at noon, the utility said, followed by a third group the utility was still deciding on. The power outages were expected to affect about 2 million people. Deliberate outages like these could become the new normal in an era in which scientists say climate change is leading to fiercer blazes and longer fire seasons.
Gov. Gavin Newsom said people should be outraged by PG&E’s move.
“No one is satisfied with this, no one is happy with this,” he said Tuesday. The utility needs to upgrade and fix its equipment so massive outages are not the norm going forward, he said.
M Fire Steve Conboy tried numerous times to reach Gov. Newsom
The White House and President needs to step in here this is insane this Power Company needs to be forced to embrace new resilient innovations to defend all the raw wooden power poles and eco fire treated mulch can be sprayed under all power line and around all generators so fire can not even get close Andy longer.
If we acted like this after 911 we would not be traveling and feel safe as we do today. We reacted to those terrorists and embraced the best security systems in all our airports to make all Americans safer. Our Government has to step in now and treat wild fires like a terrorist and help our American families from these kinds of relentless acts, those families need power.