PG&E power outage threatens future of small businesses

PG&E power outage threatens future of small businesses


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  1. California politicians wanted someone to blame after the big wildfire so they blamed the power company and almost bankrupted them. Now, to cover their own tails, the power company shuts off power when the high winds blow. The liberal politicians have made such a mess of things maybe the people of the state will wake up now and get rid of them.

  2. I think PG&E is playing pay back and it should be against the law every person affected by this shut down of power should file suit against PG&E and force them to forfit all claims of ownership of the company and without any financial transaction turn the company overall to another power company, Also i think the company should have to pay ever household at least 100 dollars for every day the power is shut off, Me I have to take at least 2 breathing treatments every day and without power i cannot take my breathing treatment and my power was shut off Tuesday night at midnight and my breathing is very difficult and i think they owe me big time i would also like for them TO tell me how they would like to have my breathing problems.
    SINCE California is ruled by democrats I know nothing is going to be done about this.
    I also think PG&E should be put in control of another power company and not have to pay the owners of PG&E one red penny.

  3. Declare bankruptcy and move to another state. PG&E would have one less customer. California would have one less taxpayer.

  4. Watch the lawsuits fly. This is not about safety, This is about screwing a community before they bankrupt and bring windmills on the ridge of the mountains combined with solar energy. There is something much larger at work than safety going on here.

  5. BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL BUILD THE WALL AROUND CALIFORNIA TO…….

  6. Power cut to prevent wildfire's?
    But wildfire's spread via telecom-radio frequency modulation. CA got a lot of wildfire's because of it's silicon valleys and semiconductors functions. And also lakes, ponds dried up.

  7. Hello stupid people what would happen if the earthquake came same thing. It's called a backup generator everyone's aware of them they were on the market for decades now there companies that specialize in them you don't need to run power for the entire business just for the perishables. A simple investment pay for overtime would save you thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars and lost products. Also you were given warning can in plenty of time and chose to ignore it. Typical lack of thinking of head and what is your States in such bad shape

  8. This is not to prevent wildfires, it's to prevent lawsuits. There used to be a thing called " an act of God " . The courts in California have decided to make private energy companies responsible for such occurrences. Southern California Edison has made the same decision to shut off power in certain areas. The Los Angeles Angeles Department of Water and Power has not made the same decision. Why ? Too hard to sue government.

  9. ROTHCHILDS OWN pGE..and has a goal to depopulate Northern California. So why can't the put the lines underground? Because there is an agenda.

  10. They should have run new lines under ground. Nasty Pelosi's son is on the board of PG&E. Of course these customers are going to be expected to pay their electricity bills that will reflect billing for line workers wages, that's the way PG&E are.

  11. EDIT: If anyone believes the narrative of the blackout by the media is not thinking critically.

    The Truth is here: this power outage is a DRILL… to prepare is for much worse things to possibly come…CHINA has LOST the 2nd largest port of entry ‘LONG BEACH facility’ and changed ownership to the AUSSIES due to failing trade negotiations and national security….this information was not provided by the MSM….. the similar scenario happened to the Japanese prior to Pearl Harbor attack. The government will not tell the public to avoid a panic scenario, but will prepare Californians with a wide spread black out to disrupt services similar to the aftermath of an attack on US Soil.

    We are dealing with an Communist internationalist Subversion and attack from the ruling class socialist communist elite. We want California BACK!!!

  12. AND NOW WILDFIRES HAVE BROKE OUT —- AND PEOPLE COMPLAIN WHAT A PATHETIC STATE —– you people should listen next time and shut the hell up

  13. Start taxing the movie industry 70%. That will pay for all of your woes, Clownifornia. Oh wait, they all make movies elsewhere now because of taxes. Bummer.

  14. They want welfare for all, unsustainable open borders, sanctuary cities but cannot afford to repair their grid. Hmmm, it must be the Trump supporters fault.

  15. If California would change policies and clear brush around power lines like most sane states, they wouldn't have to worry about mother nature doing so indiscriminately as happened last year with a large loss of life.

  16. why didn't they just bury the new lines? around here it's the old neighborhoods with above ground, like 60's, all areas build since 80's/90's been underground. what am I missing, why in 2019 would they go pole?

  17. Guess what, South California got another HUGE forest fire now and it is common problems happening in California EVERY YEAR now in the last 5-6 years. This one is NOT related to power line or PG&E so the Socialist Left can't blame other for their TOTAL FAILURE of their forest management for the past decades.

  18. This tactic will cause most of socialist California tax base away. Business movíng to Nevada and other states. California allowed the utility owners to be sued for last years fires that lightning caused. Utility now in bankruptcy. So, they refuse to take the chance of fake lawsuits. No electricity when it's windy. That's what socialist totalitarianism does in socialist California.

  19. California not only has wildfires, it also has earthquakes that can bring down the local power grid. Some small businesses have their own propane tanks and generators. Look at how well the Waffle House restaurants cope with the natural disasters that cause power outages. The businesses that do not have a contingency plan and equipment in place to cope with power outages have in effect planned to shut down during power outages. That is their choice. In a system of free enterprise, those businesses that cannot adapt to change will not prosper. If P G & E customers are dissatisfied with the service they get from their power company, they are free to take their business elsewhere. Such as moving out of state or installing a stand alone photovoltaic system for their home or business. That is freedom of choice in a capitalistic system. Which is very different from expecting nationalization of energy companies that would then be run by the government. Which would be a form of socialism instead of free enterprise.

  20. Jeez Californians, you have fires, power outages, poo, needles, massive homeless, ancient plagues. TRY electing Republicans and see if things get better. They can't do worse. What next under the socialist democrats, locusts and frogs????

  21. If I'm correct these same power companies make it impossible for auto backup power sources on connected lines even if they disconnect from the utility

  22. Let me see. No water, bad sewage, needles and crap on the streets, wildfires, no power, ecoli and flesh eating disease in the water everywhere, 15th century diseases, and the highest amount of STDs apparently in the world? This is got to be hell on earth.

  23. "INVESTOR-OWNED" utility = Capitalism, not "socialism."

    "INVESTOR-OWNED" utility shuts off essential service to protect "shareholder value" = Capitalism, not "socialism."

    Public Power's time has come. Always cheaper, and equally- or more-reliable than for profit "service."

  24. You can’t run power lines underground, Earthquakes people!!! I know your thinking of fires, mudslides,plastic straws and bottles, even socialism??? But next on the horizon is Earthquakes!!!

  25. The restaurant screaming about losing tens of thousands of dollars in food if you have that kind of stockpile you should have a generator in place long ago. Way cheaper to have the generator then to lose all the food. And I seriously doubt that a small restaurant has tens of thousands of dollars worth of food in their freezer. I would have challenged him on that comment and said provide proof

  26. Newsom said people couldn't get their cars in or out of their garage? Any idiot would know you pull the handle and cut door loose from track and lift the door. All doors have springs because the motor can't lift it. And he's running our state. Like that was the worst of it. 2 years in a row everything in freezer in the garbage thanks to last year fires and this shut off.

  27. Gavin Newsom accepted money from these companies, him blasting these company is a political tactic. This scumbag needs to go!!! Opportunist and Liar!

  28. I think that's strange and what happened to the cloud seeding I thought they created that so we can create rain why is California always neglected why is California always the one that never has any rain I'll tell you why because man puts his nose in whether and when they caused disasters it creates beer which feeds the climate change agenda read your Bible people God tells you he destroys the planet not man it'll reassure you you have nothing to worry about but when you see tornado earthquakes floods non-stop weather that's when God's going to punish man for all the sins and all the hatred and all the evil they have worshipped has nothing to do with climate change wake up people wake the hell up

  29. exactly ever since Obama became president the electric companies across the country have raised prices but they've done nothing to clear trees and issues that would cause damage to the lines and then in states that have ice storms they raise the prices but yet when the electric is off for 2 weeks you don't see your bill decrease so watch your bills after the this people in California watch your light bills cuz it should be lower

  30. Don’t feel sorry for all of you voting in Democrats cuz you naively believed your tax dollars would go towards funding all these “green new deals” y’all had planned but instead you pillaged and strangled small and big businesses with your ridiculous environmental regulations.

  31. When will you people WAKE THE HELL UP IT'S GOV CONTROL! Northern California wants to break away from southern California and NOW There's a power problem…… Get it yet¡!!!!!!

  32. "They" want PG&E to "clear vegitation"…That is FUNNY. What causes every fire in Calif to go out of control is dry, built up vegitation. Because every time a fire starts, the tree huggers demand it be put out YESTERDAY. The Forestry Service tells them that SOME trees have to burn. It's a natural process. But these hippie/ Leftist/ Earth worshippers totally freek if one tree burns even a little. If it is a Red Wood ? They starve/ cut/ spank themselves silly. I grew up in Calif. I've seen it all. The shorelines are NOT rising. The air quality of L.A. is WAY better than two decades ago.

  33. This is the dumbest and the stupidest thing ever. Where I live, the electric company never intentionally shut off power when there is a hurricane that is coming and no wildfires have ever resulted (power outages where unplanned and caused by the weather itself but never by the utility completely intentionally shutting off power).

  34. Ca gov won't allow underbrush culling+nature causes random wildfires that clear underbrush+Ca gov blaming power co+power co bankruptcy=Ca gov OWNING power co and picking which good ppl get power and which bad ppl don't. Now wasn't that easy.

  35. California needs to wake up, because your state is becoming crap. Sanctuary city state, poop on the sidewalks, needles, and now no power. Nancy Pelosi will help you, and maybe AOC can help y'all with a climate change new green deal too. See…this is what happens when you vote for Democrats! Wake the hell up California! Trump 2020!

  36. Lol. Leave it faux to get butthurt over lost shares and the pity of the share holders. Wow. When will people rise up and do something??

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