XPTom wrote: ↑
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:47 am
Token wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:10 am
Fun times ahead ...
…...revealed a vision of a nonprofit cooperative that would raise an estimated $60 billion needed to pay creditors and wildfire victims......
This may be good time for Californians to revisit the history of when Union Carbide sold the King City Calidria (asbestos) mine to employees who bought it to protect their jobs. It worked better for Union Carbide than the new owners.
I see a lot of hand waving and circle running, mostly by politicians (not "leaders", they are "servants", or should be, anyway) and such. People looking for attention, and votes....The thing that concerns me, most, is that they don't have an idea as to long term effects of all these ideas, and are proposing things in a very "idealistic" view, where everything goes right, there are no surprises, and humans are not corrupt or greedy... And most seem to ignore the part individuals play in these fires: Many, I'd argue the majority, people, don't keep their property and buildings fire safe. Along with public lands that have been poorly maintained (restricted logging, clearing, and road building). It's not as simple as "oh, those bad power company people".....by which, in no way do I absolve PGE (et al), from the responsibility of not maintaining equipment as it should be. But, I don't see it as a narrow beam of responsibility.
Also, the only way I see out of the PSPS's (Public Safety Power Shutoffs, for those not here local), is to absolve power companies of overall liability for large scale fires, that are additionally sever, due to issues I state above. Though, that in itself, will bring issues, with insurance companies, I'm sure. I know a lot of folks had fire insurance, to cover losses in these huge conflagrations, and so I'm thinking a lot of the final PGE settlement, will go to reimburse insurance companies.