Final week, Pacific Gasoline & Electrical, deliberately minimize the ability off to 800,000 electrical energy prospects in Northern California — affecting roughly 2 million individuals — in an try and keep away from sparking one other probably lethal wildfire.
Courses have been canceled, companies closed, meals spoiled and individuals who depend on medical units began to panic. There was no fireplace, however the blackout has triggered tempers to flare and political tensions to rise.
How did we get to a degree the place California’s largest utility is resorting to deliberate energy outages to stop harmful wildfires? And the way will politicians handle the rising threat that wildfires current going ahead?
We talk about on this week’s episode of Political Local weather with Michael Wara, director of the Local weather and Power Coverage Program at Stanford College and a member of California’s Fee on Catastrophic Wildfire Value and Restoration (begins 17:00).
We kick off the present with a take a look at the fourth Democratic presidential debate, plus Brandon publicizes his 2020 candidate! As at all times, we finish with our section: “Say One thing Good.”
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GTM: California on Edge as PG&E’s Energy Outage Plan Goes Into Impact
LA Occasions: There’s a fast approach to assist forestall wildfires: Shut off the ability grid
Guardian: California energy shutoffs: when your public utility is owned by personal buyers
NPR: PG&E’s Blackouts Panic California’s Susceptible Inhabitants
LA Occasions: Newsom and legislative leaders decline to embrace modifications to California’s wildfire legal responsibility legislation
WaPo: Inexperienced teams grapple with how to reply to Hunter Biden’s gasoline firm function
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