Mar 9, 2009
Nearly seven% of all households in the Baltimore-Washington area are behind at least $200 to $300 in paying their utility bills. And this doesn’t include the lowest-income households that receive energy assistance, that is, reductions on their utility bills. The utility companies legally can terminate service on April 1.
Turn off the heat and electricity? These are basic necessities of life. In winter people can freeze to death and in summer they can die of heat-related illnesses.
Yet the politicians allow utility companies to make these decisions – just like they let them double their rates in the last couple of years.
Utility companies get away with murder because profits come before human need in this society.