Global Warming is Causing California Utilities to Start Fires
Don't argue. It's science. What are you some kind of science-hater?
Everyone knows California wildfires are caused by Mother Earth being angry at us because we use too much of the white man's polluting energy and not enough of the sacred energy of fire. Or something like that. Anyway the only way to appease Mother Earth is with higher taxes on California's already overpriced energy. Otherwise planetary temperatures will rise, the iceberg will melt, the seas will freeze, and everyone will have to move to Al Gore's mansion to escape the rising tides.
Or something like that.
Meanwhile California energy companies keep starting fires... because of global warming.
These days, Pedro Pizarro spends a lot of time fighting fires.
Pizarro is president and chief executive of Edison International, parent company of Southern California Edison, which provides electricity to 15 million people. Unlike Pacific Gas & Electric — which could face tens of billions of dollars in liabilities from fires linked to its infrastructure — Pizarro’s company has stayed out of bankruptcy court despite facing similar wildfire-related risks.
Confronting the wildfire threat isn’t Pizarro’s only priority. Edison is promoting itself as a critical player in California’s fight against climate change, arguing that the cheapest strategy for slashing planet-warming emissions involves putting millions of electric cars on the road and switching home heating systems from gas to electricity — steps that would expand the market for the product Edison distributes and sells.
Q. Some observers have described PG&E’s Chapter 11 filing as the first climate change bankruptcy. Do you see it that way?
A. I don’t know if it’s all about climate change, but it’s certainly catalyzed by climate change. When I think about the wildfire issue in California, it’s born from a lot of things. It is climate change. It’s drought. It’s dead trees, and weather conditions that have enabled fires to be a lot more destructive.
That was last year. This is now.
Southern California Edison said its equipment may have sparked a fast-moving wildfire that forced evacuation orders for some 100,000 people and seriously injured two firefighters on Monday as powerful winds across the state prompted power to be cut to hundreds of thousands to prevent just such a possibility.
In a report to the state Public Utilities Commission, Southern California Edison said it was investigating whether its electrical equipment caused the blaze. The brief report said it appeared that a “lashing wire” that tied a telecommunications line to a support cable may have struck a 12,000-volt conducting line above it, and an investigation was under way.
It's awful when global warming makes things like this happen. If only people were considerate and used more wooden straws to show their love for Mother Earth. Then California energy monopolies would stop causing fires.
Cal Fire blames the Kincade Fire – the largest in Sonoma County history – on PG&E’s failure to properly decommission a high voltage line that had once fed power to a shuttered geothermal plant, according to the findings of its final report obtained by NBC Bay Area.
Cal Fire went as far as recommending that PG&E be charged criminally with multiple felony counts for recklessly causing the fire, which started one year ago.
Clearly global warming.
PG&E Corp., laboring to get past a history of causing major wildfires, said Friday it's under investigation in connection with the start of the deadly Zogg Fire in Shasta County. ... The tens of billions of dollars in liabilities from the 2017 wine country fires and 2018 Camp Fire drove PG&E into bankruptcy in early 2019
Back to SoCal Edison and its $360 million payout last year.
Southern California Edison has acknowledged that it may be responsible for starting last year's Woolsey Fire following an investigation by a fire department, the company said in a statement.
"Absent additional evidence, SCE believes it is likely that its equipment was associated with the ignition of the Woolsey Fire," the statement said.
The Woolsey Fire, which started nearly a year ago on November 8, destroyed more than 1,600 structures, injured three firefighters and killed three people as it raged near Malibu. It became one of the most destructive fires in the state, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. A burn scar from the fire was captured by NASA's Terra satellite.
If only it wasn't for global warming.