A federal judge on Thursday “tentatively” blamed poor maintenance of power lines and not human-caused “climate change” on California’s recent deadly wildfires.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued his ruling regarding the actions of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) utility company in a case related to PG&E’s response to the deadly 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion that killed a number of people.
But scores of liberals in California and beyond have blamed human-caused climate change for the wildfires.
“The Court tentatively finds that the single most recurring cause of the large 2017 and 2018 wildfires attributable to PG&E’s equipment has been the susceptibility of PG&E’s distribution lines to trees or limbs falling onto them during high-wind events,” the judge wrote.
The power conductors are almost always uninsulated,” Alsup noted further. “When the conductors are pushed together by falling trees or limbs, electrical sparks drop into the vegetation below. During the wildfire season when the vegetation is dry, these electrical sparks pose an extreme danger of igniting a wildfire.”
The fires have raged for the past two years especially, as climate change activists and former Gov. Jerry Brown blamed them on global warming caused by human activity. In addition, PG&E itself has also claimed that climate change was the cause of the wildfires.
NBC News noted:
Scott McLean, deputy chief of communication for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said his agency has determined that the utility is at fault for 12 of 17 fires in 2017; it has not yet made conclusions about 2018’s fires, including the deadly Camp Fire in Butte County.
Alsup order PG&E to determine if the company had any culpability in the fire, which killed at least 88 and wiped out the town of Paradise.
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