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  • PG&E Pleading Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter in Camp Fire

    03/23/2020 1:26:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 52 replies
    KSBW ^ | 3/23
    Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 84 people and decimated three towns.Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 84 people and decimated three towns. The utility said in a statement it will also admit to a single count of unlawfully starting a fire. Advertisement Under a plea agreement with the Butte County District Attorney’s office, PG&E will pay the...
  • California Politicians Double Down on Encouraging People To Live in Wildfire-Prone Areas. The Renew California legislation introduced yesterday would force insurance companies to renew insurance policies in wildfire zones.

    02/19/2020 4:44:18 PM PST · by karpov · 23 replies
    Reason ^ | February 19, 2020 | Christian Britschgi
    California's wildfires are getting deadlier and more destructive each year. Naturally then, state politicians want to make it easier to get insurance in fire-prone areas. On Tuesday, Assemblymembers Lorena Gonzalez (D–San Diego) and Monique Limon (D–Santa Barbara) introduced Assembly Bill (A.B.) 2367. Their "Renew California" bill would require that insurance companies write new policies or indefinitely renew current ones for existing homes provided they meet yet-to-be-determined state standards for fire-hardening. Roughly one million homes in wildfire-affected areas are already covered by a one-year moratorium on non-renewals issued by the state's elected insurance commissioner, Ricardo Lara, in December 2019. Lara has...
  • Price of Wine Expected to Drop to Lowest Level in Years Due to California Grape Surplus

    02/16/2020 4:58:36 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 97 replies
    ktla ^ | 02/16/2020
    Vineyards in Northern California began planting thousands of acres of new vines in 2016, and with more efficient harvesting methods, it has led to more bountiful harvests of grapes. Having more grapes to make wine sounds good, but if there’s not enough demand to support increased production, the surplus grapes go to waste. Jeff Bitter, president of Allied Grape Growers, told CNN that it’s possible for surplus grapes to make it to the secondary market, where they’re used for brandy or as grape concentrate. But that market doesn’t typically provide sustainable returns for growers. “The main cause of oversupply today...
  • US agency to pay for 11,000 miles of fuel breaks in 6 states

    02/15/2020 7:35:07 PM PST · by McGruff · 19 replies
    AP ^ | 2/15/2020
    The Bureau of Land Management has announced plans to fund 11,000 miles (17,703 kilometers) of strategic fuel breaks in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada and Utah in an effort to help control wildfires. The fuel breaks are intended to prop up fire mitigation efforts and help protect firefighters, communities and natural resources, The Oregonian reported Saturday. According to the BLM, wildfires are becoming bigger and more frequent across the Great Basin states. Between 2009 and 2018, more than 13.5 million acres of BLM land burned in the project area.
  • Six shades of fire-lighters in Australia; The good, the bad, and the one causing all the wildfires.

    01/23/2020 7:44:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/23/2020 | Viv Forbes
    Australian fire-lighters come in six colors — yellow, black, white, blood red, dark green, and light green. All are relevant to bushfires and forest management. "Yellow" is the fire-lighter that has been with us forever. It is the yellow flash of lightning, which has always ignited the Australian bush. We're dreaming to think we can lock yellow fire out of parks, forests, and heritage areas. But good forest management can reduce the ferocity and destruction of lightning-strike fires. "Black" fire-lighters came with the first Australians. Without matches or tinder boxes, they probably captured the fire genie from a lightning fire....
  • Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires

    01/17/2020 12:41:01 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 17 2020 | Rupert Darwal
    Al Gore blames the climate crisis; Barack Obama says Australia’s bushfires are the very real, very urgent consequences of climate change. Hillary Clinton declares we are in a climate emergency. More than three months ago there were warnings of an unusually strong Indian Ocean Dipole, with warm water off Africa contributing to rain there and cold water off Western Australia leading to severe drought there. Strong winds and updrafts created conditions for hundreds of lightning strikes. Together with the build-up of fuel – five years ago, bushfire expert David Packham warned that forest fuel levels had climbed to their most...
  • Climate Experts Suggest Trump Was Right When He Blamed California’s Wildfires On Land Management

    01/12/2020 1:58:37 PM PST · by RightGeek · 39 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/10/2020 | Chris White
    Climate experts are apparently backing President Donald Trump’s repeated arguments that California’s wildfires were a result of poor land management rather than climate change, E&E reported Thursday. Roughly 75% of damage stemming from California’s wildfires was a result of “the way we manage lands and develop our landscape,” Scott Stephens, a professor of fire science at the University of California, Berkeley, said Wednesday at a conference in Washington. Wildfires used to burn through 4.5 million acres a year in the 18th century, when indigenous communities populated California’s countryside, Stephens noted. “Fire was almost as important as rain to ecosystems,” he...
  • Police in Australia are accusing 24 people of deliberately setting bushfires

    01/08/2020 6:02:46 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 5:03 AM ET, Wed January 8, | By Christina Zdanowicz, CNN
    Police have charged at least 24 people for intentionally starting bushfires in the state of New South Wales, according to a statement the New South Wales Police released Monday. NSW Police have taken legal action against 183 people, 40 of whom are juveniles, for fire-related offenses since November 8, the statement said. The legal actions range from cautions to criminal charges. Out of those 183 people, 53 have received cautions or criminal charges for failing to comply with a total fire ban and 47 are accused of discarding a lit cigarette or match on land, according to the police statement......
  • Police take legal action against more than 180 people so far during 2019/2020 bushfire season

    01/08/2020 6:23:22 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 4 replies
    New South Wales Police Force ^ | Monday, 06 January 2020 02:03:36 PM | no byline
    The NSW Police Force has taken legal action against more than 180 people for bushfire-related offences since late last year. Numerous bush and grass fires have impacted the state, claiming the lives of 18 people and destroying hundreds of millions of animals and livestock, thousands of homes, and more than 4.9 million hectares of land, so far this bushfire season. Since Friday 8 November 2019, legal action – which ranges from cautions through to criminal charges – has been taken against 183 people – including 40 juveniles – for 205 bushfire-related offences. Of note: 24 people have been charged over...
  • Military-aged Iraqi migrant arrested in Austria following series of arson attacks

    01/07/2020 8:34:21 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    VOICE OF EUROPE ^ | 20 June 2019 | Arthur Lyons
    A 45-year-old Iraqi migrant .. setting several fires in the center of Graz – Austria’s second largest city after Vienna – including ones at city hall and a district court has been arrested. ... arson attacks started .. at the district court of Graz-West.. the man was seen spraying .. flammable fluid throughout the court’s lobby before setting it on fire ... set another one in front of Graz’s city hall.. The staff saw it on video surveillance and sounded the alarm. ... three separate fires were set and that the smoke became so thick that he wasn’t able to...
  • Muslim Teen Accused of Starting Grass Fire In Australia Laughs As He Leaves Court

    01/07/2020 8:32:23 AM PST · by USA Conservative · 43 replies
    Right Journalism ^ | 01.07.2020 | Alex D.
    Many sites are reporting that the Aussie investigators now suspect that up to 85% of the fires were caused by human beings. They have arrested a number of people and many of them were found with accelerants in their possession. Arrested yes but many of them are now free. Muslim teen Fadi Zraika was seen laughing as he left court on Tuesday in Sydney. Fadi and his brother Abraham are accused of starting a fire at a Guildford park in December.
  • Australia arrests 183 for setting bushfires that celebrities claim were caused by climate change

    01/07/2020 7:46:27 AM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    The Post Millennial ^ | 1/7/2020 | Libby Emmons
    Australia’s rampant and destructive wildfires were started by arson, and fueled by dry conditions and high temperatures, but you’d never know it from the Golden Globes or mainstream media outlets. In November, a teenage volunteer firefighter from New South Wales was charged with setting 7 bushfires in the region, and then returning with his brigade to fight them. Apparently, he has set 17 fires, and the pyromaniac has now been barred from access to any firefighting equipment. ... Police arrested 183 people for lighting bushfires across Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania in the past few months. NSW police...
  • Bushfires have nothing to do with climate change, says scientist and bushfire expert

    01/05/2020 5:27:26 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 41 replies ^ | 1/5/2020 | Ben Davis
    Bushfires have nothing to do with climate change, says scientist and bushfire expert Australia’s current bushfires have nothing to do with climate change and everything to do with fuel-loads, according to scientist and bushfire expert, David Packham AO. Five years ago, Mr Packham, a former bushfire researcher at CSIRO, warned that unless there is a drastic increase in annual fuel reduction burnings “a massive bushfire disaster will occur”. According to Mr Packham’s predictions, “The forest and alpine environment will decay and be damaged possibly beyond repair and home and people [will be] incinerated.”
  • How power shutoffs are changing California's way of life

    12/25/2019 7:43:53 AM PST · by karpov · 100 replies
    Politico ^ | December 25, 2019 | MACKENZIE MAYS, ANGELA HART and COLBY BERMEL
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Joe Fatula left the Bay Area in 2017 wanting to settle down in the mountains somewhere quiet. He chose Colfax, a small town rich with Gold Country history, and became mayor last year with the goal of boosting business on Main Street. But his sanctuary turned apocalyptic in October. Every gas station, grocery store and restaurant closed due to massive power shutoffs as part of the state's efforts to avoid a major wildfire. The mayor found himself loaning out his personal pickup truck and RV, which have built-in generators, to the town's 2,000 residents as they scrambled...
  • 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...