Democratic Rising Star Faces Career Destroying Catastrophe
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Now, in four days, Newsom is confronting growing unrest among the electorate, the kind that destroyed the career of a previous Democratic governor.
It may even threaten Newsom's aspirations to one day be president.
Politico's Carla Marinucci reports:
Massive power outages by Pacific Gas and Electric — the state’s largest investor-owned utility — plunged upwards of two million Californians into the dark, in some cases for days, fueling public outrage, snarling traffic, closing schools and jobs and possibly contributing to the death of at least one elderly man who lost power to his medical device.
The massive outages were aimed at containing the danger of wildfires, and after some state bureaucrats suggested that residents may have to accept them as a way of life in sun-baked California, Newsom on Thursday delivered a scathing rebuke — and its audience was as much the utility’s management as it was angry state voters. Though Newsom is a leading advocate of climate change legislation, his terse message was that the outages not be tolerated as “the new normal.”
“This is not a climate change story as much as a story about greed and mismanagement over the course of decades. Neglect, a desire to advance not public safety but profits,” a visibly angry Newsom said during a press conference. “What has occurred in the last 48 hours is unacceptable. ... We’re seeing the scale and scope of something no state in the 21st century should experience.”
California is just entering the worst stretch of fire season after months of dry heat have desiccated brush and foliage across the state and fall winds have begun to rush through with such ferocity they have their own names, Diablo in the north and Santa Ana in the south. If this week's outages were a guide, PG&E will be risk averse this fire season as it winds its way out of bankruptcy, erring on the side of shutting off power across vast regions rather than risking another deadly catastrophe.