Thanks to Dems, civilization breaking down in California
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.