SAVE victims of California wildfires by lowering PG&E bills.

SAVE victims of California wildfires by lowering PG&E bills.

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Aura Jagada started this petition to People of America and

Following the Wine Country fires of October 2017, PG&E were found to be the blame for more than 12 of the fires that overwhelmed Northern California as a result of negligence of maintaining power lines, violating health and safety codes. These fires have caused $9.4 billion in property damage. But PG&E's wildfire insurance coverage doesn't exceed $800 million and they've told shareholders that they've only set aside $2.5 billion in expected liability. This doesn't even cover the possible charges they face from the slew of private lawsuits filed against them and the potential fines they face. So where is the remaining $6.1 billion going to come from? In addition to this, they have been trying to absolve any and all responsibility on their part and reduce legislative liability by highlighting the effects fo climate change even though the causation was found to be unkempt power lines and equipment.

As of January 2018, PG&E rates have increased by as much as 10.3% from previous years rates for many customers and instead of making an effort to bring power lines and equipment to standard, top executives have received huge bonuses, for some double that of their salary. And this isn't even the first time PG&E has been found guilty of being the cause of wildfires and this year again they've been found to be the reason behind Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in California history. They were also found to have not made an effort to prevent or contain Camp Fire by terminating electric power through the surrounding counties even though their criteria for that protocol was being met. Considering how wildfire season is now year-round, the importance of enforcing protocol is extremely urgent leading to the California Public Utility Commission supporting the termination of electric grid power when faced with the threat of wildfires in July. 

The privatisation of utilities has allowed corporate monopolies such as PG&E to hike rates to fund fines and liability charges without taking responsibility for the homes and schools that have burned down, the lives that have been taken, and the damage they've been the root cause of.

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