Yesterday I posted SPARKING WIRES PROBLEM DISCLOSED BY PG&E TO RESIDENT A DAY BEFORE THE ‘CAMP FIRE’, and it was about the same time I put that report up that I found this one. A plan was created and signed into law by Governor Brown that will impose a surcharge on customers to pay for fire-related costs.
More from Fox News:
LOS ANGELES – With an eye toward destructive wildfire as California’s most immediate climate emergency, Gov. Jerry Brown took action on Friday to broadly expand state prevention efforts while allowing utility companies to shift some fire-related costs to their customers.
The far-reaching proposal signed by Brown boosts government fire protection efforts by $1 billion over the next five years, providing funds that could help clear thousands of acres of dense, dry forests and brittle coastal brush. The bill’s combination of cash and regulatory relief mark a major escalation in addressing what’s been called the “new normal” of fire danger for the state, far beyond what’s been spent on immediate emergency responses.
“Wildfires in California aren’t going away, and we have to do everything possible to prevent them,” the governor said in a written statement. “This bill is complex and requires investment – but it’s absolutely necessary.”
Negotiations over the details of the 112-page law dominated the state Capitol during the final weeks of the legislative session. The proposal’s fine points emerged just hours before the final vote on Aug. 31. While many lawmakers found parts of the proposal unpalatable, few were willing to be seen as not having done everything they could to protect the lives and property of their constituents.
Read the full story on LATimes.com.
Source: Fox News San Diego
I read further into the LA Times article to see if I could find more information about how much PG&E was planning to add per customer bill, and as far as I could see, it looks like a once-per-year charge of $5.
On the face of it that doesn’t look too terrible, but the thing that bothers me the most about it is that now that the door is opened for a surcharge, what’s to stop them from changing their minds and jacking it to the moon?
Far too many people live on very tight budgets, and I think this is akin to the fable of the camel and the tent. Once they have the nose under the tent flap, what’s to stop them from taking over the whole thing like so many other taxes and fees that have been imposed by the state?
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