Pacific Gas & Electric has made the unprecedented move of shutting 800,000 Californians off from their electricity service in order to battle possible California wildfires and they are warning other counties that they could be next if the Santa Ana winds kick up over the next week as expected. Santa Ana winds are generally warm and dry and can reach gusts of 80 MPH, creating catastrophic conditions that cause wildfires to spread quickly and out of control. Ca Governor Gavin Newsom defended the move by saying it is for the greater good that electricity is shut by the utility company.
Gavin Newsom, the Communist Governor of California this week defended utility companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and SoCal Edison for cutting off electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in order to ‘prevent dangerous wildfires.’
But it’s for the common good and is meant to keep people safe, so the peasants need to shut up and live without electricity for an indefinite amount of time just like they do in Venezuela or North Korea.
“The reality is that we want to protect people. We want to make sure people are safe. This is what PG&E thinks is in the best interest of their customers and ultimately for this region and the state,” the governor said.
“It is a massive inconvenience,” he added. “No one wants to see this happen. But it is a public safety issue.”
LA Times reported:
In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric early Wednesday began shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across Northern California in an attempt to avoid wildfires caused by winds damaging power equipment.Loading...
The first power cutoffs, expected to affect 513,000 customers, began shortly after midnight in several counties around Sacramento, including Placer and Yuba, amid strengthening winds and continued to roll out into the early morning hours.
The blackouts will impact 34 counties in Central and Northern California. It would be the biggest power shutdown so far as utilities across the state attempt to reduce wildfire risk due to heavy wind. Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state’s most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes.
Even Democrat lawmakers in California are complaining about this unprecedented move by the utility companies, calling it “third world.”
“I think it is excessive,” said state Dem Senator Jerry Hill. ”PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe. These shut-downs are supposed to be surgical. But shutting down power to 800,000 people in 31 counties is by no means surgical.”