1- The forest service used to routinely do prescribed burns to keep the brush down, so there werenít any major fires.
2- In the early 1970s, the Sierra Club started using the court of law as a way to slow down or stop any type of activity/development they disagree with (see SIERRA CLUB VS MORTON 1972 https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/405/727/ They lost this case, but the continued to push their agenda. )
3- Since then, they and other do-gooders have expanded their use of the courts to impede and stop the forest service from doing controlled burns, routine maintenance, creating fire breaks, and clearing out dead or diseased timber which could serve as fuel for a future fire. Over the decades this caused the forest floors to become thick with dense vegetation. (see SIERRA CLUB v. UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE https://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1121086.html and CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY VS UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE http://forestpolicypub.com/wp-conten...alski-2014.pdf )
4- PG&E is profit driven (I understand and support capitalism), but there isnít any market competition. As a PG&E customer, I have no options, as it is a monopoly and there are no other electricity or gas companies. Over the decades, the suits have become greedy and given the executives huge base salaries (see https://www.bizjournals.com/sanfranc...-williams.html ) and million dollar bonuses (see https://www.sfchronicle.com/business...s-14025497.php )
5- All the while, not doing the maintenance necessary (cutting back branches and vegetation near transmission lines and distribution lines, etc) and Ö
6- Falsifying the maintenance reports for the past 18 years (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...y-records.html ) Somewhere on my computer I have a copy of the actual audit sighting the violations, but canít readily find it right now.
7- Since PG&E is a monopoly, they are to be kept in line by the California Public Utility Commission (PUC). I believe there are 16 members total, only 12 vote. (The PUC has 5 Commissioners - each making around $141,000 per year (https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/aboutus/ )
8- How does one get on the PUC you ask?. Thatís an easy answer, you are appointed to the PUC by the governor of California (currently Gavin Newsom, his predecessor was Jerry Brown). What requirements are necessary? None of the current PUC members have any background in electrical power or distribution (https://ballotpedia.org/California_P...ies_Commission)
I have friends that died in the Paradise fire Ö which PG&E accepted responsibility for.
There you have it in a nutshellÖ
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