For the third season running, the principal wine areas of California are coping with fire. For the schadenfreude crowd who live for thrills of destruction when it happens to someone else, this is like two seats on the aisle in the orchestra for Hamilton.
For normal people, or at least those who lack execrable taste, these events show how density of populations and of commercial interests can be severely disrupted by natural or deliberate causes.
The governor rightly questions the decisions of the utilities as they concern maintaining safety in remote service areas. But he errs by blaming “capitalist greed” for the fires, as he was quoted in the Washington Post the other day. Forget that he made a reasonable pile of money as a capitalist entrepreneur in bars, restaurants, and wineries of note for a clientele now apparently allergic to indoor plumbing.
It behooves his honorable self to constructively limit unwarranted population growth in a state addicted to expansion. California did not become the 7th largest economy in the world by giving addicts free needles or serial killers life sentences.
When your home or vineyard faces the flames, a little less finger wagging and a bit more foresight seem in order.