Thursday, October 12, 2017

California's Smoking

Me included.  There has been lots of smoke so that I have skipped my exercises to not irritate my lungs.  The winds bring more or less of the smoke from Napa Valley my way each day.  The attention is finally turning to apportioning blame, and the target in the crosshairs is Pacific Gas & Electric, since it seems that the fires were all started by their downed power lines.  The question is whether or not the trees near the lines had been properly trimmed.  No doubt the lawyers will have plenty to say on this so we will stay tuned.

What caught my attention was a claim that if PG&E were found liable, then we would have a moral duty to disband PG&E and turn it into a public utility.  What amuses me about this is that PG&E is already a public utility, given the level of control.  But leftists can never be satisfied with less than the ideal Marxist control, which must be clear to the public, so we now have a pretext to make the bad situation worse.  Or maybe not.  The other argument is that government control over this kind of phony private entity is greater than it would be over a mere government department, so that the government department would be less subject to destructive regulation, bureaucracy and political interference than PG&E currently experiences.  I am expecting a lot more smoke along with mirrors as these arguments are put forward.


Inklings said...

I hope that there will be no fires close to you and that you and yours stay safe. We are also getting the smoke here from California fires, by the way. It's a little scary to see all the disasters happening in the world right now!

Looney said...

When I was in Colorado Springs a few months ago the air was bad and they told us it was due to smoke blowing in from Utah. It looks like the fire fighters are starting to get the upper hand now, and the air was clear today.

Inklings said...

We did have some scary fires here, that is for sure.

Max Coutinho said...

Hi Looney,

Half of Portugal has burned in the past 4 months. And it happened because of sheer political incompetence. For starters, our Socialist PM (after the first fires broke out in June) fired everybody from the Civil Protection department only to replace them with his buddies; result: these unqualified people knew nothing of fire prevention, or of crisis management. Then firefighters and other experts wrote a report about what should be done to prevent future fires, lest Portugal would lose the 700 year Pine Tree Forest...guess what? Our darling leftist government ignored the sound counsel of professionals in the matter and we ended up losing the forest last Sunday.

Now, the Minister of Internal Administration finally resigned and guess whom the PM put in her place? His best friend. You gotta love Socialists.

Question: doesn't California burn every year? What lessons are being drawn?