Are power outages the new normal? A chat about PG&E, California fires and the future of electricity

CalMatters’ economy reporter Judy Lin, environment reporter Julie Cart and senior editor Dan Morain discuss the PG&E power outage and what it means for the future of fires, utilities and politics in the state of California.

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