“This is Third World” California Utility Company Cuts Off Electricity to Nearly 1 Million People to ‘Prevent Wildfires’

Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom, the Communist Governor of California this week defended utility companies such as Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and SoCal Edison for cutting off electricity to hundreds of thousands of people in order to ‘prevent dangerous wildfires.’ 

But it’s for the common good and is meant to keep people safe, so the peasants need to shut up and live without electricity for an indefinite amount of time just like they do in Venezuela or North Korea.

“The reality is that we want to protect people. We want to make sure people are safe. This is what PG&E thinks is in the best interest of their customers and ultimately for this region and the state,” the governor said.

“It is a massive inconvenience,” he added. “No one wants to see this happen. But it is a public safety issue.”

Nearly 1 million people in 3 dozen counties in Northern California were cut off from electricity Wednesday for their own safety.

SoCal Edison warned that several counties in Southern California may be next as the Santa Ana winds are expected to whip up this week.

Santa Ana’s are very dry and often warm winds in California that can have gusts that exceed 80 mph which create dangerous fire conditions.

LA Times reported:

In an unprecedented move, Pacific Gas & Electric early Wednesday began shutting off power to about 800,000 customers across Northern California in an attempt to avoid wildfires caused by winds damaging power equipment.

The first power cutoffs, expected to affect 513,000 customers, began shortly after midnight in several counties around Sacramento, including Placer and Yuba, amid strengthening winds and continued to roll out into the early morning hours.

The blackouts will impact 34 counties in Central and Northern California. It would be the biggest power shutdown so far as utilities across the state attempt to reduce wildfire risk due to heavy wind. Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state’s most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes.

Even Democrat lawmakers in California are complaining about this unprecedented move by the utility companies, calling it “third world.”

“I think it is excessive,” said state Dem Senator Jerry Hill. ”PG&E clearly hasn’t made its system safe. These shut-downs are supposed to be surgical. But shutting down power to 800,000 people in 31 counties is by no means surgical.”

“This cannot be something that can be acceptable nor long-term,” Hill said. “This is third world, and we are not.”

Residents in Northern California were left scrambling to prepare for the outage and many were concerned about senior citizens and people with serious health issues who rely on medical equipment.

“People have been on pins and needles all day because of the uncertainty,” said Diana Clarke, the senior center’s executive director, reported the LA Times. “They don’t know if they should go out and buy supplies, and especially with seniors, they don’t have a lot of extra money.”

California is devolving into a third world hell hole because of liberal Democrat policies.

Homelessness is exploding, needles are scattered in the streets of San Fran and LA and now utility companies are cutting off power with little to no notice to “protect” people from fires.

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