California has the sixth-highest electricy rates in the nation. (Hawai'i has the highest; Louisiana has the lowest.) If PG&E gets its way, they'll go even higher. A proposed rate hike would go to upgrading equipment, installing stronger power poles and lines and installing video cameras to monitor for problems in fire-prone areas. Yeah, that's fine -- but none of that will prevent fires caused by arson or lightning strikes.

PG&E proposes nearly $2 billion in rate hikes to bolster wildfire precautions