PG&E's lies: The Prop. 16 ad

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More lies, from the folks who built a nuke on an earthquake fault

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. has its first TV ad out, blitzing the state with a Yes on Prop. 16 message paid for with some 30 million of your ratepayer dollars. And it's breathtaking in the majesty of its lies and misinformation.

 

 

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So when do we get to vote on PG&E being our energy provider? I don't recall being given that choice.

Posted by Paul Hogarth on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

Let's hope California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) reins in PG&E's lying. They have the power and right and duty to do so.

Posted by Guest Ed Mainland on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 4:51 pm

Do you like competition - do like a right to choose who your provider is Prop 16 eliminates a right to choose.From the monopoly protection act you can vote to make it impossible to ever have a choice of energy service provider - is that what you want ?

Posted by About the child on Apr. 07, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

There's a good chance of this winning. With $30 million to spend on it and no organized opposition, it will be difficult to impossible to get the truth to the average person, who cares more about which idiotic crap is on TV than about issues like this. Till they bite him/her in the ass, that is.

Posted by Jeff Hoffman on Apr. 08, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

Setting up a proposition bent on changing the voting requirement from a simple majority to a two-thirds majority, then telling voters that they never had the right to vote in the first place, is the worst sort of duplicity. I wish I could vote with my dollars, but then I would be without the electricity to cook food, run lights for my apartment, clean clothing...I am forced to buy my energy from PG&E. How is this a "right to vote" to make it even more difficult to have my voice heard at the polls?

Posted by Guest Cynth Bage on Apr. 10, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

You're right.....let the government be in charge. After all, they brought you social security........broke, medicare..........broke, medical.......broke, social program after social program for California (with ever higher taxation)........broke, postal service......broke (but they are cutting service!!). Private enterprise on the other hand has given everyone of you the highest standard of living in the world. The best medical care in the world (we will be in 3rd world class now that that successful government will be in charge soon).....no one can afford health care ibut somehow no one, not even illegals, seem to be turned away for treatment (can't-it's the law). I would trust a CEO without the constraints of bloated government anyday....

Posted by Guest David Freemann on Apr. 10, 2010 @ 6:30 pm

Best medical care in the world? You haven't spent any time in a hospital have you? You haven't traveled and gotten sick either have you? Wasn't it PGE who declared chapter 11 and got government protection to save them from their total mismanagement? Let business do what they want Enron style for you I guess? Taxpayer right to vote? I always thought citizens had a right to vote not taxpayers! Corporations pay taxes should the have a right to vote? What do you think the country would be like with out Social Security? Do you think some altruistic company would step in to help the millions of people who's only way to survive is Social Security. Yea let them pull themselves up by their boot straps I guess. How about only using Fed Ex to mail all your Christmas cards!
Better yet let PGE have no restraint at all. Have you ever studied economics? What happens to the price of goods or services with an increasing demand and only one supplier? Think about it before you cast your vote to hinder competition to a single supplier of all the energy you use to turn on your lights, heat your home and run your computer, coffee maker while keeping you food cold.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2010 @ 9:27 am

Best medical care in the world? You haven't spent any time in a hospital have you? You haven't traveled and gotten sick either have you? Wasn't it PGE who declared chapter 11 and got government protection to save them from their total mismanagement? Let business do what they want Enron style for you I guess? Taxpayer right to vote? I always thought citizens had a right to vote not taxpayers! Corporations pay taxes should the have a right to vote? What do you think the country would be like with out Social Security? Do you think some altruistic company would step in to help the millions of people who's only way to survive is Social Security. Yea let them pull themselves up by their boot straps I guess. How about only using Fed Ex to mail all your Christmas cards!
Better yet let PGE have no restraint at all. Have you ever studied economics? What happens to the price of goods or services with an increasing demand and only one supplier? Think about it before you cast your vote to hinder competition to a single supplier of all the energy you use to turn on your lights, heat your home and run your computer, coffee maker while keeping you food cold.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 16, 2010 @ 9:39 am

The greatest irony of PG&E's alleged concern for spending taxpayer's money is that the California budget crisis is directly traceable to the fiasco about deregulating the electrcity industry (a natural monopoly in the first place, requiring strict regulatory control to protect us ratepayers). In fact, PGE reeceived an $8 Billion (thats billion with a "B") taxpayer bailout we are still paying back in terms of the bonds issued to fund the bailout.

This ballot initiative will be a good test of whether the people have the common sense to see through the self-serving lies of PG&E, or once again will subterfuge be rewarded in the initiative process.

Posted by Ron B. on May. 12, 2010 @ 11:25 am