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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 02:39 PM

Newsom Signs Wildfire Liability Bill, Utility Customers to Pay $10.5 Billion Into New Fund
Lisa Pickoff-White, Katie Orr
Jul 12, 2019

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Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a complex wildfire liability bill into law Friday morning.

The passage of AB 1054 is a big win for Newsom, who was elected governor just days before PG&E equipment sparked the Camp Fire, which raged across Butte County, killing 85 people. Just weeks later, the utility entered into bankruptcy protection. Newsom has been highly critical of the power company. But he also noted the problem of utility-caused wildfires is bigger than just one company.

Under the plan, utilities and ratepayers will pay into a fund that utilities could access if a fire caused by their equipment resulted in more than $1 billion in property damage. The bill also imposes several safety conditions before utilities could participate in the system, such as not allowing PG&E to fully participate in the fund until it exits bankruptcy. If its equipment is found to have caused a fire before then, the utility would not be able to fully access the fund.

Before signing, Newsom defended himself against critics who complained that the bill was rushed through the Legislature. Newsom responded that people have been working on crafting a wildfire liability plan since before he took office and have been working on such legislation for "arguably, two or three years."

"My participation in this process began the day after I got elected," he said. "Someone whispered to me there was a fire in Northern California... and no sooner did they whisper in my ear, an hour later they said there was a fire in Southern California."

Newsom said that he wanted to pass the legislation before lawmakers started their summer recess and before fire season gets into full swing.

"There is some mythology that the bill itself just came out of thin air a few weeks ago in a short timeline," Newsom said. "This was a long process. A very inclusive process."

Newsom proposed creating a new wildfire insurance fund in late June. The heart of the legislation was introduced just before the July 4 weekend. Legislators also wanted to avoid a further downgrade of San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison's bond ratings.

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 03:52 PM

What if PG&E can demonstrate their inability to legally maintain their tower sites (clear kindling underbrush, etc.) causes the danger? If the government prevents them from keeping their installations safe, who's responsible??
Time to buy stock in California candle manufacturers and horse & buggy builders. . .

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Posted 04 November 2019 - 10:57 PM

And he's perplexed why the cost of gas and electricity are so high?

Newsome is a freaking cretin with Morton Downey Jr. veneers.
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 05:49 AM

Newsom is a dumb<censored>.
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Posted 05 November 2019 - 12:05 PM

Off topic but related, Netflix has a short (40 minute) documentary out called "Fire in Paradise". Interviews with people who lived through the fire but saw their town completely burned off the map. Phone camera footage also. Unbelievable the fear they must have felt. And they still feel it.

Newsome is where he is because he is someone else's trusted lackey. He doesn't call the shots in this state.
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