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Californians Fume Over Massive Power Outages and Sky-High Gas Prices

Californians Fume Over Massive Power Outages and Sky-High Gas Prices

Meanwhile, one of California’s leading #Resistance politicos was elected to Global Climate Leadership Group.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0oE_tOf8V4

This week, I reviewed the climate alarmist protest organized by “Extinction Rebellion,” whose members want us to drastically reduce our use of electricity and other resources.

These green justice warriors should head over to California where we are living the dream! In an effort to avoid another devastating spate of autumn wildfires (such as last year’s Paradise fire), approximately 800,000 Pacific Gas and Electric customers are preparing for the company to intentionally cut their power. This is likely the largest deliberate power shut-off in state history.

A Red Flag Warning is being issued over the next few days with strong winds expected to make the risk of wildfire extremely high.

The outages are expected to start as early as Wednesday at midnight and could last until mid-day on Thursday. They may affect millions of people living in 34 counties.

While 34 northern and central California counties are included on the list, PG&E said it won’t be every customer within those county lines.

The action created a backlash with many Californians, especially in light of the short notice PG&E gave before the shut-off occurred.

…Brady Miller, a resident of Red Bluff, about two hours north of Sacramento, said he barely had cell service and no way to charge his phone, lamenting he had only flashlights and canned goods to get through the power outage.

“It sucks,” he said. “Twenty-four-hour notice gave panic to our community.”

Angie Sheets of El Dorado Hills noticed that generators were flying off the shelves at Costco as she shopped for groceries earlier in the week. Considering the nearly $1,000 worth of food she planned to purchase and the imminent power outage, Sheets said, she called her husband to talk about buying one for their home.

“By the time I had done that, the last big generator was gone off the shelves,” she said.

Her husband, a law enforcement officer, found a generator at a Costco in Rancho Cordova and paid about $600 for it. On Tuesday night, they filled up their bathtubs with water, unsure whether the toilets would flush without electricity. Sheets went to Safeway to pick up more bottled water and said a line of cars snaked around the gas station parking lot.

“In this particular area, they did say we could lose power for up to seven days,” Sheets said. “I think that’s what’s making people on edge, the fear of the unknown and wanting to be safe for your family.”

As an extra bonus, California gas prices are now over $5.00/gallon in several areas.

Gas prices haven’t been this high in the state since May 2014.

California motorists continue to pay the most for gas in the country, with the cost about $1.54 higher than the national average.

But many parts in California are paying well above the state’s average.

In Mono County, which has the most expensive gasoline prices in the state, the average is approaching $5; as of Tuesday, it stood at $4.93, according to AAA.

And some gas stations in the state, including in the Los Angeles area, are approaching or already charging at least $5 gallon.

Our state has raised gas taxes, specifically the use of certain petroleum blends, and there have been issues with the refineries that still exist in this state. Yet Governor Gavin News has decided he wants to investigate why the prices are high.

Help us, Donald Trump Kenobi, you’re our only hope.

As if this descent into Medieval madness wasn’t enough, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti today was elected chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, a network of the world’s largest cities committed to acting on climate change.

“When it comes to climate action, no one is doing more than cities, but no one is doing enough,” Garcetti said in a statement released by the mayor’s office. “We are entering a make-or-break decade for the preservation of our planet and environmental justice for every community, and I am proud to chair C40 cities at this critical moment. Together we will continue leading the drive to protect the world and promote a better, more equitable life for everyone living in it.”

I suspect Garcetti failed to inform the group that the city’s climate now includes typhus, typhoid fever and leprosy.

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Never, ever, vote democrat. Not even if the guy has a nice hairdo. Vote like your quality of life and freedom depends on it, because it does.

    Milhouse in reply to CKYoung. | October 10, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    I have voted Democrat once — in 2009 I voted for Bill Thompson against Michael Bloomberg. I don’t regret that. If I must have a Dem mayor I’d rather he have a D after his name.

    PODKen in reply to CKYoung. | October 10, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    D or R … I see little difference … jack shit leadership either way.

    Publius Redux in reply to CKYoung. | October 10, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I will file this under the heading of: “People deserve the government they voted for . . and they deserve to get it good and hard!” or, in shorthand: “lolgf”

    If California wants to get itself out of this horrendous mess (high taxes, insane regulations, harassment of its taxpayers, medieval diseases, hordes of illegal aliens/homeless camped in tent cities, ridiculous forestry maintenance policies, the highest cost of living/housing in the nation and trannies in your middle school age daughter’s bathroom/track meet), then the answer is very simple: Vote for unabashedly pro-Trump conservatives, starting now. Then lather, rinse, repeat. Until then, quit whining. You voted for socialist Democrats – this is what that means.

    Until you stop voting for Socialist Democrats? I have no f*cks to give! “lo! Look upon my field of f*cks! It is barren! For I have no f*cks to giveth thee!”

“Californians fume”

But why? They consistently have voted Democrats for years on end. They get what they want, and yet they complain?

    alaskabob in reply to pfg. | October 10, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Looking at the map of outages, the main areas are more in the “red” areas of the state than the “blue blue blue $$$$” areas of the state. The Coastal elite may experience some discomfort. The solution is land management but that means hurting the Earth by clearing and cutting some of its (her, zer, zim??) plants. Remember humans weren’t on earth when earth came into existence so humans are interlopers and not part of nature per se.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to pfg. | October 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    But then one wonders how many years the Dems stole elections through ELECTION FRAUD?

    Anchovy in reply to pfg. | October 10, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Victor David Hansen lives in California. Many conservatives do. Big city liberals out vote them. Try not to generalize.

      tphillip in reply to Anchovy. | October 10, 2019 at 8:53 pm

      Right. Ignore the history of the state when commenting on them because one or two people I like live there.

      Piss off Anchovy.

With all those electric cars why do they care about gas prices.

    PrincetonAl in reply to rightway. | October 10, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Maybe because the Tesla owners care about the price of diesel for the generators they need to power their Tesla during rolling blackouts?

    Cue the Nelson Muntz laugh, and pass the popcorn.

    Cleetus in reply to rightway. | October 11, 2019 at 8:27 am

    Perhaps they need the gas for their other regular cars when the power is cut and they cannot recharge their Teslas or perhaps they need the gas for the generators that can be used to recharge their Teslas when the power is out.

But you are protecting the environment and preventing forest fires. Want it to stop? Stop voting Socialist.

    alaskabob in reply to dystopia. | October 10, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Only now are socialists really feeling some of the pain. Crushing the economy to save scrub brush and overgrown forests is the final push to green…. although brown and char are the eventual outcome.

    clerk in reply to dystopia. | October 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    I hope no power in 100 degree heat this summer makes California Communists and Climate Hysterics really feel good about themselves.

    On demand electric power is one of the great human achievements. The smug, indolent idolitors have chosen to through it all away in the name of nothing.

    Let’s get District Court King Jon Tigar to ban electric power completely under the endangered species act. I hear rats that carry Plague are not doing well in the forests of Northern California.

California dreaming, on such a sunny day…

Why the H should relief be on the way? Daddy Fed ‘fixing’ the problems made by the locals only shifts the blame to the Feds. Wait until its severe enough that they ask for help, and then wait a bit more. They dug the hole, they jumped into the hole, they refuse to acknowledge that there exists said hole. DJT already wants to bail them out?????

This is part of bankrupt PGE negotiating itself into a more favorable state bailout. They lost a $multi-billion lawsuit and don’t want any of the bailout money to go to the customers. Just the shareholders. This is one corrupt company that should be broken up and scattered.

    PrincetonAl in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 10, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    In a bankruptcy, shareholders get wiped out. Their claim on the company is pretty much last. Bond holders, vendors and others stand in line ahead of common equity.

    Not saying that it isn’t a negotiating ploy of some kind – in particular, not unusual after getting hit with a liability suit like this that a company goes really far the other way to make a point and force regulatory relief and other action that benefit the company and some of its stakeholders.

    I don’t think the prior equity holders are among them. Could be the future ones – such as the current bond and debt holders.

    For a company like this that is large and complex, it’s mostly the bankruptcy lawyers who get rich.

    Tom Servo in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    The shareholders are already wiped out. It’s estimated that it will take an extra $35 – $40 billion just to get them out of bankruptcy, and probably that much again to perform all of the deferred/neglected maintenance on the system (but who really knows that number?)

    PG&E has just about been begging for the State to take them over, but the State looked at it and realized “errr, we don’t have an extra $100 billion laying around to fix this mess”. Truth is, NOBODY today has an extra $100 billion just to fix the mistakes of the past, and that’s why this is going to go on, and on, and on.

    PG&E is a badly run, zombie corporation. And it’s going to continue to shambolically lurch along, because no one else wants to have anything to do with that mess.

I’ve been hearing about the plan to cut electricity during wind storms for about a year, so people should have been preparing with food, water, etc. So, you didn’t know the exact time of the blackouts, so what?

For those of us in tornado alley, advance prep each season is standard. People in hurricane areas have about a week to prepare when a storm is coming. Now that we’re moving into winter, I’ll check my supplies and be prepared for a snow and ice storm. I may be able to get out and about, but, I may just want to curl up and enjoy the quiet.

    Give me a break. This isn’t lack of preparedness by citizens. This is just plain stupid.

    Tornadoes are natural events. Most forest fires here are caused by arsonists, careless campers/hikers or too often, negligence by PGE. It’s a cynical ploy by PGE to escape liability from its own negligence of not addressing those “high” tension wires that sag to the ground in the heat. I would like to know how cutting off electricity addresses wind-driven fires.

      Tom Servo in reply to Pasadena Phil. | October 10, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      Anyone who was paying attention would have known a year ago that they needed to install a home generator with a cut off switch to the outside lines, and enough food and water to sustain them for up to a month. Also some firearms and a good stock of ammunition. People in the energy business have been shouting for years that this *exact* scenario was going to happen; it’s been happening in the 3rd world for years. Better yet, they should have gotten out. California is not a safe or sane place to live anymore, not any of it.

        Some people lacked the funds to do so.

          Tom Servo in reply to Ira. | October 10, 2019 at 5:07 pm

          Progressive mismanagement always hits the poor the hardest. Too bad they get what they’ve been voting for.

          redc1c4 in reply to Ira. | October 10, 2019 at 5:50 pm

          yeah but they, and their kids, all have smart phones, the latest clothes, shoes, and drive around in new SUCs.

        Maybe but it doesn’t change my point about how many of these fires are caused by electrical ignition when unmaintained high-tension wires drag to the ground. It is THAT liability that they are addressing. It is their incompetence/mismanagement. That is exactly what cause the last two fires including the 2nd that put them in bankruptcy.

        They can always turn off the electricity IN THE FIRE AREAS and ONCE THE FIRES ARE THREATENINGLY NEAR. What they are doing is intentionally creating maximum disruption for political purposes. They should be taken over by the state and split up for sale to companies. Won’t happen because of the huge political money they throw around.

          But that’s not what they’re claiming. They’re saying that the danger is high winds causing the lines to contact combustibles – and it doesn’t do much good to turn off the power when the fires are threateningly near if the downed wires are what’s causing the fires.

      The people who seem to be complain the loudest on the news appear to be ones capable enough to get prepared for emergencies. But, yes – those who fail to prepare are stupid.

      Concerning tornadoes and other natural events – yes, they are somewhat unexpected, but that’s why you develop a plan. If people are freaking out because they only got a 24 hour notice, well, that’s a heck of a lot more than 10 minutes notice about a twister.

      Concerning the high lines – if the greenies are complaining about clearing undergrowth,thinning trees and controlled burns, then fixing sagging lines will do little since the dry tinder is there, ready to be lit. And, if the generation of the electricity is in the rural areas such water dams, wind farms, solar farms, then they have to shut off those lines which go into the cities.

Mayor of Typhus Town which is full of feces and rats is worried about Climate Change?

You get the politicians you deserve.

    alaskabob in reply to Ann in L.A.. | October 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    This is fading… the rich elite and poor are voting what they want.. the impact falls on the “new minority”… the middle class who have no real say anymore.

    Chieftain in reply to Ann in L.A.. | October 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Not always. Rural California is controlled by the California big cities. This travesty was created by a Democrat controlled U.S. Supreme Court ruling Reynolds v. Sims that outlawed traditional state governments that had two houses one based on population like the House of representatives and another based on geography like the U.S. Senate. The Senate style branch was outlawed by Judicial fiat which said that all houses must be based upon population.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynolds_v._Sims
    This destroyed the balance of powere between rural and small town America vs big urban Democrat monopoly cities.

      iconotastic in reply to Chieftain. | October 11, 2019 at 12:41 am

      Exactly so. Magically the SCOTUS decided that state bicameral state governments approved by Congress since the 18th Century were no longer constitutional.

      In the sense that the states are the laboratory of democracy this experiment has shown us what the result of a national popular vote would be like. A tyranny of the majority living in the larger cities. A majority that not only does not understand any other region of the country but believes they actually know better. So instead of dam failures, droughts and fires in just one state this kind of systemic failure can happen everywhere.

have very little sympathy for Californians when they keep electing the same jacka$$s. if a tree is interfering with the power lines cut it down and replace it, but then again there is more than likely a law to prevent that.

    PODKen in reply to ronk. | October 10, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Wise up. You can only vote for who is on the ballot. Here it’s not a choice between a good candidate and a bad one. It’s usually a choice between only bad candidates.

Typhus, the plague, rolling blackouts, record amounts of homeless living in tent cities, banana republic style corrupt politicians, billions on big public projects that go nowhere like high speed rail while basic needs are neglected?

So, how much longer before California is a third world country?

High gas prices are good, it’s the market making gas available. The more price gouging, the more gas you can get.

A paradoxical fact from economics.

You’ve got to keep people from taking more than they need on speculation. Simultaneously the high price draws out extraordinary efforts to bring gas in.

Same deal for generators. Raise the price and more will show up for sale. These people need generators, I have generators, I can truck them in, if it’s worth my while.

Econtalk.org, back when it was good, a Munger podcast on price gouging and the weird public attitude towards what helps them.

https://www.econtalk.org/munger-on-price-gouging/

    gospace in reply to rhhardin. | October 10, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    High prices CAN be good. If there’s a shortage due to everyone filling up at once due to impending weather event, raising prices will discourage those with 9/10 of a tank from waiting in line for gas. Or if after an event hits and someone shows up in your neighborhood with a pick-up truck full of full 5 gallon gas cans that’s he’s selling for twice what he paid for the can and gas combined – well, pay the man or do without. He went through a lot of trouble to make that gas available to you.

    When, as in CA, high gas prices are due to regulation, multiple zones, different season gas mixes, and taxes used for general revenue instead of road maintenance, then high gas prices are bad.

Dear Californians: If you voted for the GOP, sorry. Please leave the state if you can. All others: elections have consequences. Deal with them.

JackinSilverSpring | October 10, 2019 at 4:44 pm

PG&E went into bankruptcy as as a consequence of the last fire. One more fire, and it may have to shut down. The DemoncRat voters of the state are making the state unlivable. I am waiting for typhus, typhoid and Bubonic Plague to break out big time. Maybe the voters will come to their senses. I have no sympathy for them at all. They brought this on themselves.

Stunning image of the Paradise fire cloud taken by a friend. In real time it looked like something straight from the Wizard of Oz. At first blanch I didn’t even think it a smoke cloud. I truly thought it a bizarre and nightmarish thundercloud. The quality of the sunlight streaming under the cloud [at an oblique angle] defies description and is not captured by the photograph. It was freakishly strange and thoroughly uncanny.

https://archive.org/details/paradisefire

The Paradise Camp Fire. The comment section of a blog isn’t the best way to convey the origin story and history of how/why Paradise, Concow and part of Magalia burned. I’ll try to keep it brief in short, terse sentences.

The fire started in the Feather River Canyon. The canyon is a weather conversion zone – especially in late autumn, winter and early spring. Radical weather spawns in the high Sierra. Funnel clouds develop and tornadoes sometimes exit the lower canyon area and spill into the valley proper. Some very nasty wind shear may also occur along the upper ridges of the sierra crest – I’ve seen (mile upon mile along the sierra crest at La Porte, California) the top 30 feet of large, perfectly healthy mature sugar pines snapped off like so much kindling.

The above sets up the this next part.

The wind picked up very early in the a.m. of the 8th and turned into to a windstorm. A freakishly fierce windstorm. The wind was shearing down the canyon. That’s when sections of trees were thrown against PG&E’s electrical power lines.

The rest happened so fast that within a couple hours everything within miles of the event was in flames.

I have a friend who got caught in the firestorm in Concow. He jumped in his Volvo and drove out on winding Concow road amidst flaming trees and smoke so thick he could barely see the road. He saw one of his neighbors purposefully drive their car off the road and into Concow lake at high speed. Not a minute later My bud rolled his car at high speed. He kicked the window out and was crawling out (he’s a big strapping guy]- figuring he was a dead man. Smoke and fire all ’round him. He then, like a bolt from the blue, hears a disembodied voice shouting “get into the truck” “GET INTO THE TRUCK,” His head clears a bit and through the smoke he sees a CalFire truck stopped not 25 feet from him.

He jumps into the truck and they rush headlong to safety. It was providence and deliverance.

Believe it or not, that story is not much different to what happened to many people living in the are. People driving their cars down mountain bike trails – to safety. A neighbor getting roasted to ash. I spoke to lots of them at the Walmart refugee camp.

Most of you have no idea the backstory and how the fire happened. So, I ask people here to be a bit more respectful when preaching to us idiot Californians.

    Tom Servo in reply to Tiki. | October 10, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    I think everyone respects the hardships faced by the people who were in those situations. But just reading the story as you wrote it – why were there any trees at all within 100 yards of those power lines, since it’s an area known for violent windstorms? Of course I know the reason why, because it’s against California’s State Religion to do anything about them.

    but any responsible government would maintain a strict corridor with no trees or brush allowed for every powerline running through that area.

      I read what you wrote at aoshq. I don’t think you’ve any respect for anyone not of your tribe. You just read what I wrote and plowed forward because you want to lecture Californians – damn the torpedoes! And damn Californians!

      Our windy season is August and September, not September/November. So you’ve got the first basic facts about Northern California weather wrong when you typed that comment at ace’s – but I’ll defer to you.

      “”Why were there any trees at all within 100 yards of those power lines, since it’s an area known for violent windstorms?”””

      Portions of the power line are cleared in that manner- but there are some sections where trees can literally fall from a perch on canyon walls onto the road, across the river and power lines. It’s an incredibly rugged, steep-walled canyon. Cutting down every tree along every power line throughout the Cascade/Sierra Nevada mountain range is ridiculous on so many levels. It’s a forest. Forest are loaded with tress. I know. I know. You’ve got it all mapped out – if only those recalcitrant Progs in California would listen to your genius level armchair quarterbacking! Damn those Californians!

      “”Of course I know the reason why, because it’s against California’s State Religion to do anything about them.””

      That bit? Yeah. The mask slipped.

      This is why I know you’re an insincere, preachy ahole looking to count coup.

      90% of the forest in California are on USFS land – policy set by, and administered via federal bureaucrats. The Santa Rosa fire(s) were on state park land.

        Tom Servo in reply to Tiki. | October 10, 2019 at 6:12 pm

        You can say it’s preachy – but if someone like me had been in charge for the years before it happened, the Paradise fire would have been very minor, if it happened at all, and none of those people would have died. There are a lot of other things that could have been done that haven’t been done that also could have saved those people – if the canyon is too dangerous for electrical lines, then a small, local Nat Gas generator could have been built on the edge of town, no long transmission lines needed at all. I’m not saying that’s the best idea, but off the top of my head I can come up with 20 or 30 ways that would have stopped the fire from happening.

        this is a Government caused crisis, not some huge shock that came out of nowhere. And it’s going to keep happening and keep happening until somebody wises up and realizes that this is an easily preventable problem.

          If only you were Caesar.

          Tom Servo in reply to Tom Servo. | October 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

          if only people listened to rather obvious advice. The real goal is to stop people from dying needlessly, like they did last year. There’s a reason entire towns aren’t wiped out by fire in the other 49 states.

          Your thinly veiled fake platitudes regarding concern for your fellow man is noted.

          I can accept when people make honest arguments. Just come out and say what you think but are too cowardly to admit; the people who died in the CAMP fire got their just desserts. Or simply put; lolgf. Yes, I know, you say it out of love. For the children.

          Not Christian of you. Not one bit. So you best not ever fall back on anything approaching “America was founded on Judaeo-Christian principal. Because that makes you a ridiculous, lying fraud.

The Price-Anderson Act is a federal law which indemnifies utilities against nuclear power accidents. The idea was that, in the case of a nuclear accident, damage claims could bankrupt the utilities. If California had any brains, it would pass something similar for utility-caused wildfires. Yeah, that would be “corporate welfare” but which would Californians rather have? Electricity or a “free market”.

    Tom Servo in reply to snopercod. | October 10, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    OR, PG&E can just say “hey we’re bankrupt! We’re not gonna pay any judgments and we’re not gonna do any maintenance either, what you gonna do about it?”

PG&E Learned their lesson.
It isn’t worth trying to make everybody happy, they will cut your throat the first time you don’t.
Transmitting electricity at risk of burning down or being blamed for doing so….. a forest or real-estate..
Would completely destroy what is left of the company.
Tell them to wait for rain.
Some will be happy.

2smartforlibs | October 10, 2019 at 5:05 pm

Proof that youo need to be careful what you vote for you may get it.

California is blaming PG&E when it’s not their problem.
California has allowed the sierra club to shape their environmental policies for so long now that there’s nothing else they can do but to burn.

I see people on the youtube channel for this video, bragging about solar power and blaming the company.

solar power? hah! you may as well poison everyone who drinks water there.
solar panels are the worst things in the world to try and recycle. they’re full of heavy metals and toxic chemicals so bad that it’s a hazmat issue to remove them.
they last about 12 years too.
there’s no place to recycle them now so the owners eventually give up and just drop them in the landfill where they leech these chemicals into the local water table.

I hear people blaming PG&E for this mess and I say BS.

the state has taxed them to the point where their profit margins don’t allow for proper line maintenance, and if they can, they have to fight with the sierra club because the eco freaks want to save the trees, the whales, anything but the humans.

so you get what we have today. a tinderbox filled with idiots who are pointing fingers at everyone but the one they need to blame.

themselves.

NO other state has this problem on this scale. This isn’t something that nature did.
it’s not something that the power company created. if they had any sense, they’d go out of business and let California take care of it’s own power needs.

this is a result of bad forestry regulations and policies and the graft of a tax happy state, that cares more for illegal immigrants and virtue signalling than it does it’s own citizens.

and those citizens are the same people who agree with these political views.

you crapped in your own hat, California.

wear it. Oh, and find a mirror while you’re at it..that way you can see what the rest of us sees.

    @PapaGun

    You know that the green-leftist-internationalists in the media, SF and Sacramento (in service of grifting Sierra Club lawyers) whipped up hate against PG&E after the CARR and CAMP fires. Rent-a-leftist-mobs parked their cars and stood along feeder roads jeering, giving the finger to, and cursing the blue collar PG&E work crews sent in to fix the power lines.

    That was all part of prepping the ground – the grift – leading to lawyers bankrupting PG&E.

    I heard all of that firsthand from a guy – a professional chef – who volunteered to cook hot meals (really good, nutritious meals) for PG&E/fire crews fresh off the front lines.

In fairness, I think Republicans probably would have done about as bad as Democrats. Republican Governor Ahnauld did a lot of costly virtue gesturing with his wacky “green” energy schemes. Republicans have been just as enthusiastic about open borders as Democrats, and a disturbing number also favor gun control. Democrats now promise pedal-to-the-metal socialism, while Republicans promise somewhat the same thing with a different name (“compassionate conservatism” being one of the more noxious examples).

Still, I’m almost glad to see Democrats starting to take it on the chin on this issue (however feebly). In this case there is a chance the people who did the crime will actually get blamed, since Democrats control the state. Having the People’s Democratic Republic of California side by side with the rest of the US is the biggest sociological experiment in contrasts since East and West Berlin. Anyone who votes Democrat in 2020 is voting for shortages, censorship, famine and gulags, even if they don’t want to admit it.

The Friendly Grizzly | October 10, 2019 at 5:29 pm

I have ZERO sympathy for the likes of Brady Miller. These intentional outages have been discussed for months. There likely were bill inserts and articles on the PG&E website.

Crimea River, Mr. Miller.

The swirl in the bowl is going faster out yonder it seems … Pass the butter please

Maybe there’s a classic California/Nevada lights at night satellite picture in the making.

In Berlin, XR cunningly hide the ‘planet-destroying’ generator powering their camp.pic.twitter.com/qQsWxTl1mf

— (@OptoSean) October 7, 2019

I hope everyone stocked up on weed and rolling papers.

What should PG&E do? I said this a while back. Don’t appeal the damages. Stupid Californians apparently don’t realize those damages are coming out of their pockets anyway. Announce they can no longer continue operation and will be liquidating their assets to satisfy the judgments. Shut down all their generating plants and interconnect switches to other utilities and lay off all their workers. And walk away from it all. Let the state figure out to turn everything back on.

It’ll turn California into Venezuela that much quicker, and maybe the Democrats in NY will wake up and smell the BS. Cuomo is following their lead.

I have a hard time feeling sorry for Californians. Like the Swedes, they had the closest thing to paradise on earth and threw it away.

A warning for the rest of the country, you really do get the government that you deserve…..
Resist Socialist Oppression!

Commiefornians installed a CommiecRat government,what the Eff did they expect and it’s only going to worsen.

Hey, President Trump – what do you mean “relief is on the way”? This is a State problem, not a federal one. Get your nose out of the State’s business.

You’re still a Democrat at heart, aren’t you?

ScottTheEngineer | October 11, 2019 at 10:51 am

I for one would like to thank the people of Cslifornia for doing yeoman’s work in providing the rest of the United States the valuable opportunity to study the side effects of socialism. Californians voted for their higher gas taxes. When the religious zealots of Sacramento passed a bill raising gas taxes 50 cents a gallon. The courts immediately struck it down because it has to be approved by voters. They then turned to the ballot, vote “yes” to lower the states gas tax from 50 cents to 25 cents. Bam!! Heres your 25cent a gallon gas tax. They voted for their secretary of state even though he has a track record of being a dishonest keniving piece of shit. Take some solace knowing that you’re saving the planet for all of us. The rocky mountain spotted owls that didnt burn to death thank you too.

I can’t feel sorry for California. The current electric situation is part of an overall consequences of turning to leftist politicians. California is now a good laboratory on what happens to people who elect such politicians to office. Nothing such be as effective as these blackouts in getting people angry enough to throw some of these pols out. Seems to me they have two choices to change things: 1) elect Republicans to office or 2) pack up and move out. They have recall rights in California. Time they used them (as they did with governor Davis when he had power outages).

At least they still have toilet paper. For now.

bet those tesla owners are getting kinda nervous about now.
how will they get out once an arsonist lites up the whole forest?

amatuerwrangler | October 11, 2019 at 8:44 pm

A dispatch from the front lines…. Just got power and thus internet back this afternoon. Power was cut off midnite Tues.
There was lots of warning, enough to eat a bunch of my minutes on my burner phone via endless texts from PG&E. That Miller cat in the story just had his head up his a$$ and couldn’t hear clearly.

My Generac generator kicked in 15 seconds after the power was cut and has been going strong since. We started shutting it down at night to conserve propane, fortunately it was only for last night. I’m on a well so if Santa hadn’t brought that generator I would have been up a creek. Prior to the generator we did keep a bathtub full of water whenever storms were predicted.

When we lived amongst the coastal elites we had an “earthquake kit” with supplies to essentially camp out in our own yard should the big one hit… It got renamed “fire escape kit” and kept current. Its a fact of life and everyone should have something to sustain them for a couple weeks should bad stuff happen.

PG&E evaded maintenance and upgrading of equipment in an effort to pump up stock values so they could jump from a “mom and pop” business to a big guy on Wall Street. The ill-maintained equipment eventually gave us the fires that killed nearly 200 people. They also got lapdog legislators to pass laws to shield them from the financial repercussions of their management decisions. As stated above the fires then and the blackouts this week all hit mostly the “red” California. Rest assured that we did not vote in those in Sacramento who have covered for PG&E for years. We are rightly pissed. You guys should celebrate us for keeping all those socialist votes corralled so that the best they can generate is 55 electoral votes.

I looked around in ’76 and got the heck out.
The canary in California’s coal mine died years ago.
Even Stevie Wonder could see the road it was going down.
After years of pleading friends and family to leave, I’m fresh out of any care.
Like Isiah Washington, I have lost decades old friendships over my support of our President.
Yep, don’t care anymore, lay in your bed, you made it.

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