Power lines against a glowing sunset sky

California wildfires, electricity shutoffs and our troubled energy future

By Kurt Cobb, Resource Insights

Most of the news surrounding the electricity shutoffs in California—done to avert the ignition of additional wildfires by aging electrical infrastructure—has focused on two things: climate change and the greedy, incompetent management of Pacific Gas & Electric. Missing in this discussion is the broad neglect of the complex infrastructure of the United States and possibly other wealthy nations.