It’s Friday, October 11. Today: The California blackouts are an ominous preview of life to come. Plus, here’s what to watch this weekend.
This is only the beginning.
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In an effort to prevent wildfires, the California utility company PG&E took preemptive action this week and issued a blackout, cutting power to millions of residents.
There are plenty of apocalyptic images of climate change (think: fires, floods). Now add sprawling blackouts to the list. Even if you don’t live in the most populous American state, get ready: This relatively mundane kind of frustration, Meyer argues, will become routine in a warmer world, “defin[ing] the mass experience of climate change as much as any deluge or inferno.”
The problem with power lines—and an expensive solution
Overhead wires, when mixed with dry brush and whipping winds, can become deadly pieces of infrastructure. Power lines have sparked or accelerated major fires, ones that have taken human lives, in places like California and Tennessee.