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The PG&E power shutdown feels like the next step in the Bay Area’s civilizational regression.

Appears due to liability concerns after last year’s Paradise fire.

Rather than improving tech, accepting it was an accident, or some other option…shut down power for 800k people.
I guess the guaranteed economic damage from shutting down power for 800k people was suffered by others, and less than the possible economic damage from lawsuits.

As @louisgray observed, similar to TSA security theater at airports.
This fiasco makes the cost of risk aversion very obvious.

Bay Area governments have banned scooters & straws, made ride sharing worse at SFO, and blocked new housing. All in the name of the public good.

Now even the 100+ year old innovation called electrical power is too risky.
I don’t think the right answer is to blame PG&E alone. This reactionary, risk averse ideology is a systemic problem.

One answer might be competing utilities like Lubbock. Another could be wind resistant tech. A third may be a liability limit.

What’s not the answer: blackouts.
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