The Renew California legislation introduced yesterday would force insurance companies to renew insurance policies in wildfire zones.
But without specifying an actual cybersecurity risk, the policy comes off looking like a wasteful protectionist maneuver that will likely put human pilots back in riskier situations.
Maybe. Here's the evidence we have so far.
That's not the comparison you want if you're a California governor. Newsom should spend more time dealing with the nuts-and-bolts of government and less time preening for the national stage.
California's Wonky Insurance and Land Use Regulations Make the State's Wildfires Deadlier and More Destructive
The state has made it exceedingly difficult to build in fire-safe cities, while also making insurance rates in high-risk areas artificially cheap.
Environmental commons like the Amazon rain forest are vulnerable to shifts in the fickle winds of politics.
Problematic deforestation continues, but the "lungs of the earth" are still breathing.
If market-rate wildfire insurance is too expensive for homeowners, maybe that's telling us something about the risks of living amidst pretty tinder.
A new book throws red meat to "public land advocates," but its arguments leave a lot to be desired.