March 1: “Down on the Farm” historian of technology Paul Gilmore
Climate chaos confounds California’s progress towards a carbon-neutral energy future. Catastrophic wildfire liability just triggered the state’s largest private utility, PG&E, to declare bankruptcy. Overnight, lenders refuse to fund new California energy projects or demand junk bond interest rates. Why can’t public-owned utilities provide our power? Understanding where we’ve been informs choices we must make. “Down on the Farm” historian of technology Paul Gilmore will shed light on the subject.