California’s power grid is the most socialist in the U.S. Indeed the high-tax, heavy-regulating State government imposes more controls on energy than exists in most places on earth.
California has gone all in on climate change doomsday hysteria. The State’s powermad government has actually banned internal-combustion cars by 2030 under the mistaken belief that oil and gasoline are the source of catastrophic global warming. (Note that unadjusted data show little or no U.S. warming over the past century.)
California’s regulations of energy suppliers are so strict that just a couple large companies–PG&E and Southern California Edison–have been given monopolies over vast sections of the state. In 2018, PG&E’s poorly-maintained power lines sparked the the Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in state history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses.
The Camp Fire caused at least 85 civilian fatalities, and led PG&E to declare bankruptcy after numerous lawsuits. Yet the California State government continues to grant PG&E its monopoly. In recent months, the government-supported company has simply shut off power to millions of Californians with little warning–leaving many families without heat and other necessities and endangering many Californians who are dependent on medical devices.
Now ANOTHER fire has been sparked by power transmission lines. A hundred thousand Californians have fled the new fire. It is suspected that ANOTHER utility, Southern California Edison,