More Freedom, Not More Government (or Persistent Blackouts), Needed to Fight Wildfires

Nearly 1 million Californians may find themselves without power this week as a result of pre-emptive blackouts imposed by electric utilities Pacific Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison in an attempt to mitigate wildfire risk. But neither denying power to consumers whenever it is dry and windy nor throwing more money at the problem, which appears to be the state legislature’s preferred solution, represent satisfactory long-term solutions. What is really needed is less government interference in the energy and housing markets.
Beginning today, PG&E announced that as many as 800,000 electricity customers in Northern and Central California, including about 250,000

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