“California’s rampant wildfires have ignited legal questions as the state begins to deal with the question of who’s at fault and who pays for the escalating damages.
Caught squarely in the middle is the state’s electric companies, several of whom have been found liable for huge settlements when their equipment or negligence in maintaining it were blamed for costly fires. That has driven them to use a new tactic: blaming climate change.
The three biggest utilities are linking climate change to wildfires in a bid to persuade the Public Utilities Commission to let them pass on some of the ballooning firefighting and legal costs to their customers.”
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