How Big-Government Regulation Contributed to California’s Wildfires



By Stephen Frank,  California Political News and Views

Stop blaming PG&E for the forest fires and the shut off of electricity to millions of
Californians.  Start looking at the rules and regulations, the PUC policies setting rates and the type of energy source that can be purchased or used.  Government, as usual, is the start of the problem.

“This leads to an obvious question.  If, according to the proponents of big government at the Sacramento Bee, a random explosion at a fertilizer plant in West must signify the failures of small-government policies and low regulation, why do the persistent catastrophic wildfires in California’s forests not represent the failures of comparably big-government regulation?

In truth, there was nothing, then or now, to suggest that more regulations upon industry at the federal or state level might have prevented the calamity in West.  It was, in fact, later determined to have been caused by a criminal act, therefore it was a horrifying anomaly.  There is, however, plenty to suggest that the irresponsibility of bloated federal and state government bureaucracies’ impositions of regulations has led to the destructive extent of the wildfires in California.

Government regulations have failed—more regulations will fail bigger, yet Sacramento politicians will continue to blame PG&E.  The goal is not to fix the problem—but to take over the company, pennies on the dollars.  The plan is to create socialism, not energy.

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Stephen Frank: Is the the publisher and editor of the California Political News and Views.  Mr. Frank speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows and is a full time political consultant.

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