From my desk in California, leading the way with rolling blackouts

Penetrating deep into the heartland of the People’s Republic of California we pass through San Francisco and arrive at LA. All is not well. The front page of the newspaper in the hotel lobby warns that two thirds of the bird species in the US are slated for extinction. And there is more!

California’s public utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began a days-long power shutoff to curb the risk of wildfires in the northern part of the state. Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, is dealing with several problems as he struggles with PG&E’s move.

“What’s happened is unacceptable. And it’s happened because of neglect,” he said at a news conference Thursday, referring to the decision to shutter power across the state. “This current operation is unacceptable. The current conditions and circumstances are unacceptable.”

Power went out for 513,000 northern California homes and businesses Wednesday morning, USA Today reported, and roughly 234,000 customers were expected to lose power later Wednesday night.

Get your petrol (gas) powered generator to fire up your Tesla if you can afford the price of the gas (petrol)!

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8 Responses to From my desk in California, leading the way with rolling blackouts

  1. Tony Tea

    “This current operation is unacceptable. The current conditions and circumstances are unacceptable.”

    Ironically the current is the problem.

  2. DaveR

    People get what they vote for.

    Power companies turning power off on high-fire risk days (eg when the wind is blowing) because they cant get timely access to private and state property to trim trees to stop powerlines starting fires. (No such problem in Australia).

    And of course Calif State government claim its due to “lack of capital spending” and “neglect of asset upkeep”.

    Nothing to do with massive red tape, and ridiculous environmental restrictions at odds with primary duty to supply energy.

    Come to think of it, sounds like Australia?

  3. Andre Lewis

    Worked and lived in LA 35 years ago where opportunities abounded and enjoyed the experience, but every time I return for a short stay it gets more woke and broke. Downtown is simply dangerous at night and panhandlers sit around every corner. A fun and interesting city slowly being ruined by left politics.

  4. they cant get timely access to private and state property to trim trees to stop powerlines starting fires. (No such problem in Australia).

    In my experience (Central Tablelands NSW) the contractors to energy suppliers are diligent about trimming – though they often need to be a bit more mindful of private property concerns. However, fires start due to a multitude of causes – ignition through use of machinery, lightning strikes, arson, careless lighting of campfires, cigarette butts, combustible rubbish etc. Cutting off power is a precaution, but won’t necessarily inhibit all fire start-ups.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    The front page of the newspaper in the hotel lobby warns that two thirds of the bird species in the US are slated for extinction.

    Not surprised given how many wind turbines there are in the US.
    A migrating bird would face an obstacle course of instant death.

  6. Nob

    Andre

    It must have improved in six years because when I was downtown LA 41 years ago it was an absolute shithole.

    Next visits were in early 2000s and the transformation was great.

    Sad if it’s gone back to shithole.

  7. Wildfires are still reeking havoc in the state despite PG&E’s best efforts.

    Ha ha ha!

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