The political Games California plays is Shouldered by Politicians but Sportsmen will pay the Price.
America is not very good at power. The grid is ancient. We mess with the unknown and don’t replace the proven. We have far too many outages. There isn’t enough buried cable. The grids are largely unprotected from cyber attacks. And in California (and other eco-crazy states), the power lines represent a massive fire risk.
They’re not very good at forestry either.
Once upon a time – and in living memory – the floors of forests close to power lines were kept clean. But then we were told it was unnatural and we should stop. Rather than listen to the fire chiefs (perhaps preferring the siren song of its accountants who would have pointed out that ending the practice would save on wages) the powers-that-be allowed fallen boughs and brushwood to mount up. Of course, the inevitable happened. Live power lines fell and started fires on the forest floor. Thousands and thousands of them.
In other cases in California, the brush was set alit by crashing vehicles in a police chase, riding a lawn mower, target shooting, using a torch, faulty wiring in a hot tub, a flat tire wore to the rim.
California is now Rationing Power
California now has preemptive outages. They claim they’re turning off the power so that, should a storm occur, they cannot set alight the dry brush. The fact is that their third-world generating capability can’t really service the state. Potential fires might be a skirt they like to hide behind, but the sad fact for the citizens of the Golden State is that their power is often rationed, just like their sister, Communist failed-state Venezuela.
These rolling outages are not without their risks. Ask the family of Robert Mardis Sr. who relied on an oxygen machine to breathe. He died 12 minutes after a preventative power cut to his Northern California home caught the family unawares and he died before they could install his battery back-up.
And for these electric vehicle drivers? They’re screwed.
California is the biggest market for electric vehicles in the US. At a time when the electric vehicle federal tax credit is phasing out for Tesla buyers, the state is considering increasing its EV rebate to $4,500. And the state already offers a rebate of up to $2,500 for electric vehicle buyers so it’s a great set of tax-payer funded incentives.
The problem? There’s hardly enough power to go around in Cali at any time. And during rolling blackouts, these car owners have nowhere to charge. Unless they use solar or dig out their gas generators and give us all a chuckle.
Hunters and Fishermen will lose this Battle
Because California wildlife officials haven’t see the benefits of prescribe burns (well maybe they have now) that picturesque lake won’t been the same and the impact on fishing will change. The foliage once along a river bank or lake shore, and now gone, changes the ecosystem for fish and amphibians.
More true is the impact on hunting either small or large game when thousands of acres are burnt to the ground. Yes, it will come back but the game will be gone. Flooding is an after affect of no ground cover and in California, that’s a huge problem.
But Wait There’s More: The problems CA is having with PGE will escalate to higher taxes. PGE is already in money trouble but hey, let’s push our problem onto the taxpayer. But that also means higher fees and costs for the pleasure of hunting and fishing. I don’t know if California has an avenue of relief.