Big utilities are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from California wildfires

Experts warn against relieving utilities of their liability for fire damage, lest they lose the incentive to maintain safety standards. “It’s still the case that the utilities are the best placed to prevent failure at their facilities,” says Alejandro Camacho, a professor at UC Irvine law school. “It’s foreseeable that these failures will cause real harms to people, so over the next several decades, they should work their darndest to make sure these harms don’t occur.”