Another "Skinheads Vs. Geraldo" Battle: PG&E vs the Shell Game Called "SF Clean Energy"
Here we go again. Another San Francisco style cluster-frak in progress.
Let's be clear - I now hate PG&E. After the way they totally f*cked up the pipeline situation in San Bruno, BS-ed their way about it, and caused so much damage, any past ties with these guys was done. Needless to say to have the concept of a "choice" to go elsewhere on its face should be like, awesome.
Enter San Francisco's classic way to ruin things for the benefit of the politicians: the so-called Clean Energy SF "program." It sounds all so politically correct - SF will "build" clean energy sources and people can choose them. OMG TEH AWESOME!
There's just one problem - we're trading one Big Energy giant for another. Worse, we're going to see our power bills go up, at a time when many people can't afford it. Even WORSE, you are going to be told to do as you're told. If you want out, you'll have to file papers and pay money to say "no." (so "progressive" and "democratic.")
In other words, it's the classic "Skinheads vs. Geraldo" Battle: you like the idea that Geraldo Rivera gets his nose broken because he's a jerkwad, but you hate the fact you are rooting for stupid skinhead nazis because they did it. In the end you wish you could root for someone to kick both their asses, because they both suck.
There are many pluses to energy that doesn't require dead dinosaurs to make things happen - after all, I've promoted these at the N-Judah Chronicles because only an idiot thinks that gasoline and coal will be cheap for ever, and an economy based on dead dinosaurs, is, well, gonna die.
Fine and fine.That said, the mad desire of a few progressive politicians, who continue to use City Hall as the stage for stunts to improve their chances for higher office (all on the public's dime) is poisoning good public policy. I don't need my power bill doubled, all to service the corporate masters at Shell Oil to boost their prospects - especially if the goal is public power, we already have the solution. It's called, the Hetch Hetchy system.
Now, oddly enough, the same "pwogwessive activists" who are on fire to give Shell Oil a death grip on ratepaying citizens in SF, are also the ones who want to pay for a "study" (oh see how it always starts as a "study" by people who predetermine the outcome before they start) to dismantle Hetch Hetcy, which provides cheap, non-carbon producing power that makes Muni run and electrifies City agencies.
See what they did there?
One has to wonder whose of pockets got lined on this deal - Shell gets your utility bill and jacks it up, and can burn cow poop if it likes, and can still call it "clean energy" - even if in fact that's bullsh*t.
Sorry, friends, but if you fall for this one, you'll have only yourself to blame for high power bills powered by burning cow poo. If you give promotions to the likes of John Avalos, David Campos and other "progressive" ilk, then you have no one but yourselves to blame as well. Do you really think they care about you at all? Think again - to them you are nothing but trained seals to clap when nice things and a few fish are tossed your way. Meanwhile they laugh all the way to the bank.
As for I, I will opt out of this scam for sure, and I'll happily sign up for any other energy concern that uses non-dead dinosaur, non-polluting sources to keep my iPhone charged. I won't, however allow my Muni to be forced to use expensive, shitty PG&E power to drive up Muni fares for the benefit of a few politicians who make six figures and don't care about the middle class. Mitt Romney isn't the only one that gives the finger to 47% of the country - in So-Called Progressive San Francisco, it's the left that's the side that says what's yours is theirs, regardless if you can afford to pay.