As Californians grapple with a new normal of a changing climate fueling deadly, rampaging wildfires, they must also deal with the privately run utility company Pacific Gas and Electric or PG&E.
After last year’s record-breaking Camp Fire that resulted in 85 deaths, this year PG&E has decided to preemptively shut off power to hundreds of thousands of residents across the state. The company, who tried to give its executives millions of dollars in bonuses earlier this year, says Californians should expect blackouts for perhaps ten years before it replaces aging infrastructure. Some have now begun calling for the state to take over the company. Rising Up With Sonali speaks with Meleiza Figueroa,PhD Candidate in Geography at UC Berkeley and Faculty owner at the Cooperative New School for Urban Studies and Environmental Justice to discuss this hot topic.
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