Friday, September 10, 2010

Pacific Gas and Electric Culpability

Last Spring Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) spent $40 million on a political campaign to promote Proposition 16, a proposal to limit the ability of counties and cities to choose alternate sources of power that would make PG&E a monopoly in the state. Yesterday, a PG&E 24 inch gas line blew up in San Bruno. Preliminary reports indicate that the gas line was corroded and decaying. The skyline in the West Bay area, near the San Francisco Airport, lit up with the fire. Fifty-three homes were completely destroyed and a hundred more were damaged beyond habitability. Three people were killed and an uncounted, so far, were burned and injured and are hospitalized. Hundreds of families have been evacuated from the area and are now in evacuation centers. Over 50 firetrucks responded from all counties in the Bay Area. California Air Fire Response was called in to dump tons of fire retardant and water on the fire from the air. I could see the blaze from the East Bay, 25 miles away.

Now the multiple choice question.

A. Was it the best use of PG&E profits, profits that I pay through my monthly bill, to support a political campaign I didn't agree with?
B. Is it the best use of PG&E profits to be used for maintenance of its gas lines?

How dumb do you have to be not to choose "B?" I feel like I'm being scammed.


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