The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Baltimore Gas & Electric Rip-off

Mar 13, 2006

This week BGE announced that electric costs will go up by $743 per year per family. That means on average we will pay $62 extra per month, just for electricity.

But the politicians and the corporation never explain WHY we should be paying so much to a company so profitable that another company wants to buy it. And they never explain why customers in nearby Howard County have an increase of $468 per year–still too much but quite a lot less than the Baltimore area increase. And none of them seem able to explain why Pepco, which provides power to the Washington, D.C. area, estimates the average rise will be $8.33 per month!

Politicians, including our so-called “friends” the Democrats, pretend they can do nothing. They will allow these rate increases even though customers have no other choice because BGE is the only utility. The politicians were the ones who claimed that “deregulation” would be good for customers, giving us “choice” and “lower prices.”

They are the ones who need to feel our anger!