Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 540 words, a 2 minute read.
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America, 2019: 2 million Californians face intentional blackouts because their bankrupt power utility is using desperate measures to prevent wildfires caused by its crumbling infrastructure.
The big picture: "Utilities malfunctions have been tied to some of the state’s most destructive fires, including last year’s Camp fire, which devastated Paradise, Calif., and the 2017 wine country blazes," the Los Angeles Times notes.
Why it matters: Numerous signs indicate things could get worse.
The bottom line: Asking customers to tolerate rolling blackouts is hard for any utility, especially one as plagued by scandal as PG&E. But for now, it might be the best worst option.
People wave as Turkish soldiers prepare to cross the border into Syria.
There's a new target in the rising China cold war: the shortform video app TikTok, with Sen. Marco Rubio calling for a review of ByteDance's merger with Musical.ly.