Crackpot finds Smoking Gun (Norcal Blackouts)

I will admit, I may have been wrong about these blackouts in Norcal. They aren’t just PGE negligence. This is the wind forecast for Mill Valley (a blackout area):

That’s odd. 11mph? Hardly the apocalypse.

SF and several towns around the bay have been looking into taking over PGE by eminent domain and the union is pissed about it.

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In July of this year, lobbyists for PGE got the state to pass a bill making it impossible for local governments to take over PGE infrastructure by eminent domain (because several towns/cities including SF were looking into it). Now, the opposition has been trying to delay that law going into effect so they can do it first.

“AB1054, a state wildfire law passed in July, would make it harder for the city to buy PG&E equipment [which could have previously been done at market value through eminent domain] because it increases the regulatory oversight required for such a deal [by requiring oversight and approval from the California Utilities Commission]. But another bill, SB550, tries to solve that problem by pushing those regulatory provisions into 2021.”

(In a mobster voice) “Gee, wouldn’t be terrible if there were blackouts? You know, because of the weather - or an accident.”

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