by Countable | Updated on 11.16.18
Wildfires are burning across the California. Who should be held responsible for their damage? Are they the result of a changing climate? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.
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Their Insurance company should pay and if uninsured they should pay - no bankruptcy whining allowed. Also, governments should require that all these companies maintain insurance for the risks that they pose. You gotta do that with car insurance or if you’re self insured you gotta pay. Aren’t corporations people now? Seems like I read that somewhere.
One could only hold Power companies responsible if the state allows them to clear brush, and branches too close for safety. It is not fair to hold someone responsible for damages while preventing them from controlling the danger.
The primary responsibility should be pg&e if they are truly responsible but we can’t bankrupt our utilities & may need special funds
Not me! Was never near that place of ignition. So let the power companies pay the bill. But when the power company say the will bankrupt, watch the state pay the damage by using taxpayers tax dollars.
PG&E has insurance. It covers them for this sort of thing even though the tab will be quite literally stratospheric. So NO the US taxpayer WILL NOT pick up the tab for this. PG&E must eat this and pass the cost on to California consumers. Then and only then will people in California feel enough financial pain to stand up, shout out and finally force the state to stop with the idiotic forestry policies. Policies that have turned the state into a tinderbox waiting to be set ablaze at any moment.
Either way the citizens will pay for it through utility prices or taxes. And the environmentalists who don’t allow for the forest to be properly cleared, will be allowed to keep making dangerous policies.
This is clearly PG&E's obligation. Being a public utility, in addition to the fact that many of the homes are luxury homes, the ultimate cost will end up being paid by PG&E customers. We sometimes have to accept unpleasant facts like this. You NEED your utility and a bankrupt utility will not be able to fully pay all the costs and will not be able to function properly as a supplier of electricity. Our hearts & prayers go out to all the victims of this horrific fire.
Just remember that this will cause the cost of power to go up so either way, the taxpayer/end user will pay for it.
That’s what the power companies have insurance for.
The power companies own the lines, the maintenance, upkeep, and consequences of running power through those lines are their responsibility. They make the profits but also have responsibility for the negative consequences, without passing those costs on to their customers or the taxpayers.
Yes. If corporations want government subsidies and other handouts, they also must accept responsibilities for their mistakes. Utilities are no exception. They should pay.
If found to be at fault due to not maintaining their infrastructure then absolutely they should pay.
Power companies that fail to maintain equipment and clear surrounding areas of excessive brush should be held responsible assuming that state provides clearance to do so. Should a fire begin for other than negligence to maintain safe equipment and surrounds then, the power company should not be held responsible. Consideration must be made as to financial resources and a cap be placed if expense harms consumers / does excessive harm to power company, however.
It is a tense, sorrowful time in California. While PG&E had no ill intent, if they are found to be the source of the fire due to under-inspected power lines, we need to hold them accountable and set the precedent that companies have a heightened responsibility to ensure that they are practicing the highest level of scrutiny when it comes to the safety of those around the community.
Duke Electric is another example of a lack of corporate responsibility. Two hurricanes ago, their coal ash polluted waters throughout North and South Carolina, they paid a $150 million dollar fine. Tax payers covered the $3 Billion and counting clean up fee. Wells Fargo rips off customers for years and gets hit with a fine that does not even impact it quarterly earnings. Let the penalty hurt so bad they regain their moral integrity or put them Out of business...and until our Legislators stop taking money from these robber barons, it’s never going to stop!
I was evacuated from the Sonoma fires. I have friends who’s house were destroyed in that fire. PG&E absolutely should pay since it was their negligence that made the first of multiple fires start. That would be a YES from me, my family, friends and fellow community members.
PG&E is a private company with stockholders, not a public government utility, operated and owned, like some government run utilities. The PG&E stock jump, in the thought of a government bale out. Corporations want it both ways be private, with no oversight, getting tax cuts that tax payers pay for, make a profits at consumers expense and CEO pay out $$$, but want the American taxpayers bank roll them and bale them out just like banking industry, because they didn’t want to reinvest, but run to failure! One thing about run to failure is, it works 100% of the time! The power lines are in the air, not on the ground. The brush that people talk about clearing is for lighting strikes. The power companies clear their right away of trees and brush. This was a failure. I would rather help the people that lost everything, if helping them is helping PG&E than maybe, but I don’t want to hear all the CEO, CFO, management and stock holders got wind fall! I want the tax cut back, most likely they used it to buy back their stock!
Please hold corporations accountable
PG&E has been know to wane routine maintenance, more like burned down maintenance. So if power line failed then yes power company should pay. If a bird caused the fire due to arcing across the lines, then no. Records show when maintenance, brush cutting and tree trimming has been done. It is a no brainer. I worked for the power company for forty years and never did we have a massive fire. Don’t blame your line crews or tree trimmers, it is a management thing.
If you remove the responsibility, you remove the risk evaluation out of the business decision making process. As a consequence, decision makers are not investing nearly enough in risk mitigating solutions. You end up with more risk, more fire, more disasters etc. Eventually, even if it hurts everybody on the short to mid term, you need to make an example in order to improve our long term outlook.
Who will ultimately pay for it? The rate payers.
CALIFORNIA 🌳 FIRE RESPONSIBILITY If they done the CRIME (Poor Forest 🌳 Management), They must pay the fine, Folks. It’s sadly, the name of the game. SneakyPete..... 11*16*18.....
It is time to start holding corporations responsible for their damage to the environment! Just because we have an idiot president doesn't mean we have to have idiot lawmakers. Get with it. Please. Our lives are depending on it. All the money in the world won't help you if life on Earth is not viable.