Mr Hailey wrote a series of books centering around troubles in a commercially important sector.  The plot of Overload fit the pattern: libidinous protagonist having to deal with all manner of business crises whilst getting more action than a Wagnerian god.  What distinguished Overload from some of his earlier works, such as Airport, Wheels, and The Money Changers, was a dawning conservative sensibility, that is to say, evidence of having been mugged by reality.  Thus, it was environmental terrorists causing blockouts, by the expedient of bombing generating stations, while the more respectable useful idiots kept any plans to invest in new capacity or expanding power lines tied up in process.  It probably would have strained credulity, forty years ago, to have the power outages, and the deaths of people dependent on respirators, a consequence of state-sanctioned actions, and yet here we are.
The company's aged equipment sparked blazes in 2017 and 2018, saddling the company with an estimated $30 billion in liabilities and forcing it into bankruptcy at the start of 2019. However, leaving millions in the dark has led to debate over how far California must go to prevent fires during windstorms. And despite the shutoffs, fires continue to burn.

Despite recent intentional outages, earlier on Friday California governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency as wildfires are now raging at both ends of California. Near Los Angeles, blazes have prompted authorities to order 40,000 evacuations. And north of San Francisco, a blaze is raging amid the vineyards of Sonoma County.
What did socialists use before candles?  "Bottom line: whereas we joked previously that any time California forecasts strong winds it will now turn to the socialist paradise that is Venezuela, it is now the sad reality for the state's tens of millions of liberal residents, who don't even have to leave their home state to observe the fruits of a socialist regime first hand."

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