The Spark

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

D.C.:
Lights Out

Sep 13, 2010

Pepco, the Washington, D.C. electric utility, is under investigation for its lousy service.

Not surprisingly, Pepco said they were “not terribly disappointed” with their response to recent storms.

“Not terribly disappointed”?

Are you kidding? Half a million people with no power for days – no AC, no refrigeration – during a record-breaking heat wave? Pepco may not be disappointed – we’re outraged!

Pepco also claimed: “We learned so much from recent events.”

These so-called recent events aren’t so recent. They happen every summer. They are called thunder storms.

The Public Service Commission demanded to know why Pepco’s response was so poor. And the governor said, “To pretend that this is all due to weather is not, I think, a responsible way to act.”

Where were these timid mice before, when this crisis was building up, when Pepco didn’t repair lines, cut down trees or hire enough maintenance workers? Why are they speaking up now?

Oh, right – it’s an election year!