Download Audiobook California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America’s Power Grid by Katherine Blunt in English

California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric—and What It Means for America's Power Grid


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A revelatory, pressing narrative with nationwide implications, exploring the decline of California’s largest utility firm that led to numerous wildfires—together with the one which destroyed the city of Paradise–and the human price of infrastructure failurePacific Fuel and Electrical was a legacy firm constructed by innovators and visionaries, establishing California as a fascinating dwelling and financial powerhouse. In California Burning, Wall Road Journal reporter and Pulitzer finalist Katherine Blunt examines how that legacy fell aside—unraveling an extended historical past of lethal failures during which Pacific Fuel and Electrical endangered tens of millions of Northern Californians, via felony neglect of its infrastructure. As PG&E prioritized earnings and politics, energy strains went unchecked—till a rusted hook bought for 56 cents in 1921 cut up in two, sparking the deadliest wildfire in California historical past.Starting with PG&E’s public reckoning after the Paradise fireplace, Blunt chronicles the evolution of PG&E’s shareholder base, from innovators who constructed a few of California’s first long-distance energy strains to aggressive buyers eager on reaping dividends. Following key gamers via pivotal choices and authorized battles, California Burning reveals the forces that formed the plight of PG&E: deregulation and market-gaming led by Enron Corp., an unyielding push for renewable power, and a swift enhance in wildfire danger all through the West, whereas regulators and lawmakers pushed their very own agendas.California Burning is a deeply reported, character-driven narrative, the story of a catastrophe increasing right into a a lot larger exploration of accountability. It’s an American tragedy that serves as a cautionary story for utilities throughout the nation—particularly as local weather change makes getting old infrastructure extra weak, with probably deadly penalties.