California is on fire. Much of the blame can be laid at the feet of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), whose greed has shown us why relying on the private sector to provide public services is a bad idea. SEE BELOW:
(Los Angeles Times 10-28-19)
WHO SHOULD OWN THE UTILITIES?
Amid the many ideas floated during this trying month of flipped switches and frayed nerves is whether Californians — or, for that matter, Americans — should rethink private ownership of large utilities.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), one of the state’s most outspoken liberal legislators, sparked on Sunday an intense Twitter discussion on the subject.
“Please tell me when having a for-profit corporation in charge of a necessary public service (utilities, hospitals, schools) has served the people well,” Gonzalez wrote in her initial post. “The conflict of serving shareholder profits seems to undermine the public good/concern we expect from these companies …”
Then there were these tweets from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Our hearts go out to Californians affected by the devastating wildfires. Climate change is real, and when I am president, we are going to treat this like the existential crisis it is,” he wrote in the first posting.
Sanders followed it up by saying, “It is time to begin thinking about public ownership of major utilities.”
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