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  • PG&E Begins Mass Power Shutoffs in California Over Fire Danger (Sacramento safe from outage)

    11/20/2019 2:20:14 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Time ^ | 11/19/19 | JANIE HAR
    (SAN FRANCISCO) — Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was set to begin shutting off power Wednesday to some 375,000 people in 18 Northern and central California counties as the region faces extreme fire weather that’s lasted since October. A virtually rainless fall has left brush bone-dry and forecasts called for low humidity and winds gusting at times to 55 mph (88.5 kph), which might fling tree branches or other debris into power lines, causing sparks that could set catastrophic fires in the region, PG&E officials said. **SNIP** The planned blackout would be the latest in a series of massive outages...
  • Why is California Blaming Wildfires on a Small Percentage of Downed Powerlines? (Part 1)

    11/13/2019 7:06:24 PM PST · by WLusvardi · 21 replies ^ | November 13, 2019 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “California’s reliance on hydropower and proliferation of remote, centralized renewable energy plants; the mandated environmental mothballing of 19 coastal natural gas power plants located close to customers; redundant transmission lines for green power; and seasonal wind blasts, results in lethal blast-furnace-like wildfires that leave trees alone but incinerate houses.” “California leaders and opinion-makers must first abandon their blame game and diagnose the problem more clearly than using clichés like ‘global warming,’ ‘Donald Trump,’ ‘greed’ or even ‘not enough clear cutting,’ if they are going to responsibly deal with the dangerous unintended consequences of de-modernizing its electric grid.”
  • Defence on standby to boost troops amid crisis (largest peacetime mobilisation in Oz history)

    11/11/2019 10:46:50 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia) ^ | 12th November 2019 | Charles Miranda
    Navy helicopters usually used to hunt submarines have been deployed to identify fire hotspots around the country. The move came today as Defence drafted plans for an extraordinary deployment of Army Reservists to join regular troops committed to the fire fight. In what has now become the biggest ever military call-up for a civil emergency of its kind in Australia, squadrons of Army, Navy and RAAF aircraft were working through the day and night on operations as tasked by Emergency Management Australia. But critically, Defence is also now actively scoping a possible full “call out” of ADF Reservists - under...
  • Gavin Newsom, Your Carbon Offsets are Burning

    11/05/2019 6:53:44 AM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 4, 2019 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Those who leave their energy-guzzling multi-million-dollar mansions when they fly off on their private jets to save-the-planet climate change conferences like to ease their consciences and explain their hypocrisy by pointing to their carbon offsets like paying for trees to be planted somewhere that might mature in a hundred years or so. There are a lot of trees in California and a good number of them are on fire, thanks to environmental regulations and policies that are supposed to protect the environment but are in fact destroying it. The irony in California that the very trees that are supposed to...
  • ‘Little Arson Grasses’: Non-Native Species Making California Wildfires More Frequent, Study Finds

    11/04/2019 10:15:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as “little arsonist grasses,” said study co-author Bethany Bradley, a University of Massachusetts professor of environmental conservation. Wherever the common Mediterranean grass invades, including California’s southern desert, fires flare up three times more often. And cheatgrass , which covers about one-third of the Intermountain West, is a big-time fire promoter, Bradley said. “In a lot of ways, California was ground zero for invasive grasses. Much of California’s native perennial grassland was replaced by Mediterranean...
  • Was There Another Reason For Electricity Shutdowns In California?

    11/03/2019 11:47:44 AM PST · by Skywise · 71 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 11/01/2019 | Richard Trzupek
    According to the official, widely reported story, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) shut down substantial portions of its electric transmission system in northern California as a precautionary measure. Citing high wind speeds they described as “historic,” the utility claims that if they didn’t turn off the grid, wind-caused damage to their infrastructure could start more wildfires in the area. Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps. This tale presumes that the folks who designed and maintain PG&E’s transmission system are unaware of or ignored the need to design it to withstand severe weather events, and that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and...
  • The plan is coming together..Governor threatens possible PG&E takeover if no plan is made

    11/02/2019 6:03:06 AM PDT · by srmanuel · 76 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 11/2/19 | Fox Business
    if you have been paying attention, this was an obvious action by the socialists in California. First put onerous regulations on the Utility Companies, then when the wildfires happen and burn down hundreds of homes, the legal damages cause the Utility Companies to go bankrupt resulting in Government run Utility Companies....which putting the Government in the business of owning utility companies will solve all the problems.
  • Days of terrifying darkness, cold and hunger amid PG&E’s sweeping power blackouts

    11/01/2019 6:13:17 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 143 replies ^ | Oct 31, 2019 | By Anita Chabria
    CLEARLAKE, Calif. — For four nights, Eliana Rubin cared for her newborn son, James, by candlelight. The baby, 11 weeks old, is her first. He’s colicky and wakes often, she said. As the latest Pacific Gas & Electric safety shut-off dragged on this week, she lit a flame by her bedside each time the child woke, but was careful to blow it out before falling asleep again. Even more than the dark, she worried about the near-freezing temperatures inside her home in this remote part of Northern California. “The thing is the cold,” she said Tuesday. “I am, like, folding...
  • A Century of Fire Suppression Is Why California Is in Flames

    10/31/2019 7:30:44 AM PDT · by grundle · 44 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | December 12, 2017 | Elizabeth Shogren
    The acrid smell of charred wood still permeates the air as Sasha Berleman, a fire ecologist, and I walk along a dirt path up through the middle of a canyon in the Bouverie nature preserve in Sonoma Valley. On the left side, the earth is black as tar, and scorch marks as tall as a person scar the trunks of the mature oak trees scattered throughout the field. But on the right side, the ground is tan and brown, and you have to look hard at the still-green oaks to see any evidence of the fire that raged through here...
  • Democrats have turned California into a problem-plagued burning nightmare

    10/31/2019 1:57:04 AM PDT · by Mount Athos · 33 replies
    fox news ^ | Victor Davis Hanson
    Californians know that having tens of thousands of homeless in their major cities is untenable. In some places, municipal sidewalks have become open sewers of garbage, used needles, rodents and infectious diseases. Yet no one dares question progressive orthodoxy by enforcing drug and vagrancy laws, moving the homeless out of cities to suburban or rural facilities, or increasing the number of mental hospitals. Gas prices of $4 to $5 a gallon — the result of high taxes, hyper-regulation and green mandates — add insult to the injury of stalled commuters. Gas tax increases ostensibly intended to fund freeway expansion and...
  • ISO a Battery Operated Hotplate B4 Next California Blackout!

    10/30/2019 9:39:34 PM PDT · by lee martell · 109 replies
    October 30, 2019 | Lee Martell
    My part of the California Bay Area (San Rafael) just completed a 2.5 day involuntary blackout. The local utility is taking precautions to reduce their power in areas of ongoing fire, or windy weather. They have already declared bankruptcy due to past mistakes and misfortunes. There is nothing I can do about it, but to be ready, more ready the next time. I can be thankful it wasn't longer. Tonight is the first time we have had street lights and traffic lights for a while. I recall gazing from my back terrace at the nearest avenue. All was pitch black....
  • Jerry Brown Blames Trump, Republicans for California Fires: ‘The Blood Is on Your Soul’

    10/30/2019 8:43:52 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 73 replies
    breitbart ^ | 30 Oct 2019 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former Governor Jerry Brown told Congress on Tuesday President Trump and the Republican Party were responsible for the ongoing California fires because of their opposition to drastic climate change policies. “California’s burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all,” Brown told the House Oversight Committee. “The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality. … This is real.” Brown was testifying against efforts by the Trump administration to rescind California’s waiver that previously allowed it to set its...
  • Calif blackouts kill the futures of Newsom and Kamala (and destroy Jerry Brown's rep too)

    10/30/2019 7:59:48 PM PDT · by rintintin · 52 replies
    Oct 30 2019 | rintintin
    The PG&E power transmission system has been allowed to decay (or hasn't been upgraded) so it can't withstand high winds without possibly causing fires. That's why electricity has had to be turned out for millions of Californians during the recent high-wind events. Who was in power over the past decade, as the electricity system has been allowed to languish, without adequate modernization and safety upgrades? Jerry Brown was governor from 2011 to 2019. Kamala Harris was attorney general during the same period. Gavin Newsom was mayor of San Francisco, PG&E's largest municipal customer. None of these powerful politicians did anything...
  • California is ‘winning’ its way into the Stone Age

    10/30/2019 2:21:44 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 32 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 29, 2019 | By Rich Lowry
    Who cares about something as mundane as properly maintained power lines if something as supposedly epically important — and politically fashionable — as saving the planet from climate change is at stake? Meanwhile, California has had a decades-long aversion to properly clearing forests. The state’s leaders have long been in thrall to the belief that cutting down trees is somehow an offense against nature, even though thinning helps create healthier forests. Biomass has been allowed to build up, and it becomes the kindling for catastrophic fires. As Chuck DeVore of the Texas Public Policy Foundation points out, a report of...
  • Cell phone towers shut off during PG&E power outage

    10/30/2019 2:47:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 75 replies ^ | October 29, 2019
    Many people are without cell service after PG&E cut power to two milllion people and wildfires burn across California. In Marin County, close to 50 percent of all cell sites are down. In Sonoma County, 17 percent of sites are without power.  "The biggest concern is that when it comes to 911 calls, 81 percent of 911 calls are made from your wireless phone so having cell sites down it's an incredible public safety concern that consumers cannot access emergency services," said Ana Maria Johnson with the California Public Utilities Commission. Johnson said cell towers don't have back-up power systems because cell companies are not required...
  • Nasty Liberals Gloat Over Reagan’s ‘Comeuppance’ With Wildfires

    10/30/2019 3:02:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | October 30, 2019 | Scott Whitlock
    Wednesday brought the distrubing and sad news that wildfires were threatening the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California. Well, it was sad news to most people. But that didn’t stop a few prominent liberals in and out of the media from either gloating or blaming conservative inaction on global warming. Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and occasional CNN guest Will Bunch used the dangerous fire as an opportunity to hype his anti-Reagan book and to tout this as a what-goes-around-comes-around type situation:
  • Wildfires outside L.A. threaten homes, spare Reagan library

    10/30/2019 2:48:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 30, 2019 | Brian Melley and Marcio Jose Sanchez
    A wind-whipped outbreak of wildfires outside Los Angeles on Wednesday threatened thousands of homes and horse ranches, forced the smoky evacuation of elderly patients in wheelchairs and narrowly bypassed the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, protected in part by a buffer zone chewed by goats. With California tinder dry and fires burning in both the north and south, the state was at the mercy of gusty winds, on high alert for any new flames that could run wild, and weary from intentional blackouts aimed at preventing power lines from sparking more destruction. The blaze near the Reagan library in Simi Valley...
  • “Extreme Red Flag Warning” issued in California

    10/30/2019 10:01:37 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies ^ | October 30, 2019 | KOBI5
    High winds are making things even scarier in California as wildfires are flaring up all over the state. Millions are being evacuated to safer areas and thousands of homes are still at risk. In Los Angeles, there’s a flurry of activity inside the command center and staging area with fire teams on high alert, getting ready for what could be the most crucial and difficult 36-48 hours of their fight. The National Weather Service has issued, for the first time in their history, an Extreme Red Flag Warning. The big concern is wind.
  • Jerry Brown Blames Trump, Republicans for California Fires: ‘The Blood Is on Your Soul

    10/30/2019 8:07:07 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Oct 2019 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    Former California Governor Jerry Brown told Congress on Tuesday that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party were responsible for the ongoing California fires because of their opposition to drastic climate change policies. “California’s burning while the deniers make a joke out of the standards that protect us all,” Brown told the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday, as quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle. “The blood is on your soul here and I hope you wake up. Because this is not politics, this is life, this is morality. … This is real.” Brown was testifying against efforts by the Trump...
  • California regulator to probe whether utility companies broke rules by shutting [tr]

    10/29/2019 9:14:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2019 | Andrew Court
    California regulators say they will open a formal probe into whether utilities companies violated any rules by cutting power to millions of residents as a precaution during recent periods of high winds and heightened wildfire risks. The announcement on Monday did not single out any utilities by name, but the bulk of 'public safety power shut-offs' under scrutiny were implemented by Pacific Gas and Electric Co, a unit of PG&E Corp, California's largest investor-owned utility. PG&E filed for bankruptcy in January, citing $30 billion in civil liability from major wildfires sparked by its equipment in 2017 and 2018, including last...