Thanks to Dems, civ­i­liza­tion break­ing down in Cal­i­for­nia

The Saline Courier - - OPINION - JIM HAR­RIS Con­ser­va­tive Corner

Civ­i­liza­tion is built on elec­tric­ity. That is a les­son I learned in more than a decade in emer­gency man­age­ment.

When the ice storm of 2000 hit on Christ­mas Day, every­body south of in­ter­state 40 lost elec­tric power as ice on the power lines brought down most of the elec­tric grid.

Un­like dis­as­ters such as a tor­nado — where you can go to a mo­tel a few miles away and be back with op­er­at­ing elec­tric­ity,. the ice storm knocked out power for more miles than peo­ple could travel on the ice cov­ered streets.

We as a peo­ple are de­pen­dent on elec­tric­ity for so many things at work and at home.

The in­tro­duc­tion of elec­tric­ity changed our so­ci­ety. No longer are peo­ple de­pen­dent on can­dles or kerosene lamps to be able to see at night. Food is re­frig­er­ated and pre­served longer. Mi­crowave ovens cook things quicker.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­volv­ing the In­ter­net and cell phones are pos­si­ble be­cause of elec­tric­ity.

La­bor-sav­ing in­ven­tions at work made al­most every part of em­ploy­ment more ef­fi­cient. So many things are com­put­er­ized these days and com­put­er­i­za­tion de­pends on elec­tric­ity.

While many coun­tries take the tem­po­rary loss of elec­tric power for granted, the United States has the most con­sis­tent power grid in the world.

When the lights go out, we as­sume it is be­cause of some dis­as­ter such as a car wreck tak­ing out a power pole or be­cause some­body with a back­hoe ac­ci­den­tally cut­ting an un­der­ground line.

In the most pop­u­lous state in the Union, more than 2 mil­lion peo­ple are rou­tinely go­ing without power in North­ern and Cen­tral Cal­i­for­nia. The cause is bu­reau­cratic in­com­pe­tence.

In the 1970s, lib­eral Democrats be­gan gain­ing con­trol of the Golden State’s elected of­fices.

We here in Arkansas know and prac­tice good forestry man­age­ment. We un­der­stand that thin­ning and even con­trol burn­ing makes for bet­ter and safer forests.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal wackos who gained con­trol of Cal­i­for­nia some­how be­lieve that cut­ting trees is wrong and na­ture should be al­lowed to be nat­u­ral — or without man­age­ment from mankind.

Biomass — fallen leaves, tree limbs, dead trees and un­der­brush — has been al­lowed to col­lect on the floors of Cal­i­for­nia forests. This cre­ates a dan­ger of fire.

Cal­i­for­nia has not put much into main­tain­ing its elec­tric power grid. Old and over taxed power lines can and do cause sparks. The sparks ig­nite the kin­dling lib­eral Democrats have al­lowed to build up in the woods.

A re­port of the Western Gov­er­nors’ As­so­ci­a­tion warned of this more than a decade ago. It said “over time, the fire­prone forests that were not thinned burn in un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally de­struc­tive wild­fires.”

In 2016, the Cal­i­for­nia Leg­is­la­ture in a rare bit of com­mon sense unan­i­mously passed the state leg­is­la­ture to pro­mote the clear­ing of trees dan­ger­ously close to power lines.

Then-gov. Jerry “Moon­beam” Brown ve­toed that bill be­cause it re­quired trees to be cut.

Cal­i­for­nia is sus­cep­ti­ble to fre­quent droughts. Dur­ing the dry sea­son much of the state is whipped by fierce, hot and dry winds.

So peo­ple liv­ing in the black­out af­fected ar­eas don’t know if their power is go­ing to be cut while they are at work. When they get home, the food in their re­frig­er­a­tor or freezer could be spoiled.

The elec­tric cars the lib­eral Cal­i­for­nia gov­ern­ment has en­cour­aged peo­ple to buy rather than drive gas-pow­ered ve­hi­cles can’t charge at night if the power is cut dur­ing the evening. No bat­tery charge, no trans­porta­tion to work.

Those who wake up to no power can’t fix a hot break­fast and that in­cludes — hor­rors — no fresh cof­fee.

Re­mem­ber, this is Cal­i­for­nia that is home to the largest home­less pop­u­la­tion in the coun­try. In the state’s largest cities, peo­ple are liv­ing in tents or home­made shel­ters on the streets.

Since there are no bath­room fa­cil­i­ties for these home­less, the streets are cov­ered in fe­cal mat­ter and urine. Used nee­dles are left on the streets by drug ad­dicts.

Thanks to decades of far-left gov­ern­ment con­trol and un­re­al­is­tic gov­ern­ment pol­icy Democrats have put in place, civ­i­liza­tion is truly break­ing down in Cal­i­for­nia.

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