David Krayden | Ottawa Bureau Chief
The American District Court William Alsup is "cautiously" blamed for the poor maintenance of power lines as the cause of California's deadly fires, not climate change.
Alsup took the ruling Thursday in a San Francisco federal court, NBC News reports. He decided on the actions of the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG & E) tool company in connection with a San Bruno gas pipeline in 2010, killing more people.
Many have claimed that climate change is the culprit of the raging fires. [1
"For the time being, the Court finds that the only recurring cause of the major fires 2017 and 2018 attributable to PG & E's equipment has been the susceptibility of PG & E's distribution lines to trees or limbs falling on them during high-wind events, "the judge said. (RELATED: Blaming California Wildfires On Global Warming "Really has a little understanding of the earth, says researcher)
" Power leaders are almost always insulated, "wrote Alsup." When leaders are squeezed together by falling trees or limbs, electric Sparks into the vegetation below. During the wild season, when the vegetation is dry, these electric sparks constitute an extreme danger of igniting a game. "
The wilderness has become a political phenomenon over the last two years, with climate change activists and California Gov. Jerry Brown owning global warming to blazes. PG & E itself has pointed to climate change as the cause of the fire. (RELATED : Jerry Brown Blames & # 39; Those Who Deny "Global Warming For Deadly Wildfires"
The power company responded quickly to the judge's decision with a statement reported by NBC.
"The key responsibility of PG & E is the security of our customers and the communities we serve," said the utility. "We are aware of Judge Alsup's latest order and is currently under review. We are committed to complying with all rules and regulations that apply to our work while working with our state and community partners and across all sectors and disciplines to develop comprehensive and long-term security solutions for the future. "