This post is by Bernie Carr,
As we know California residents have seen their share of troubles in the past few weeks – earthquakes, homelessness, huge wildfires and more. The most recent source of frustration has been the widespread power outages imposed by Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), their main electricity provider.
People are unhappy their power is being suspended for hours at a time. But PG&E maintains the power outages are necessary to prevent wildfires. Unfortunately, a recent wildfire, the Kincade Fire that affected Sonoma County, as well as other devastating fires have been linked to PG&E’s equipment.
Utility workers are being targeted
People are expressing their anger and taking it out on PG&E workers. According to an article by Fox News, several workers have been shot at. Fortunately, no one has been hurt – but property damage has occurred on vehicles and offices.
The California governor has had to make a public plea to ask people to stop harassing the utility workers.
Civility will break down
In a grid down disaster, people may act even worse. If scattered power outages cause people to act violently, think of how wildly frustrated they will get if there ever were a long term power outage or widespread disaster. When basic needs are not met for a period of time, looting and pillaging will not be far behind.
If there were a societal collapse, watch out of the signs, because you may have to evacuate and be away from the cities.
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