In San Francisco on November 4, I strongly urge everyone
to get out and vote first and foremost (rock the vote!), and while you are
there, please consider voting No on Proposition H – the hostile takeover of PG&E. Yes,
hostile. As crazy as it might sound, our local Board of Supervisors is
proposing a $4 Billion unsolicited public takeover of our local gas and electric
utility. This is a very bad idea for at least the following seven reasons:
1. We don’t have $4 Billion to spend right now
2. Do we really want to give the Board of Supervisors the right to issue bonds in the future to takeover all public utilities (electric, gas, phone, Internet) without voter approval? Um, no.
3. We don’t want our energy bills to increase $400 a year
4. No offense to anyone, but the Board of Supervisors seems unqualified to run an energy utility, prevent blackouts, keep the lights (CFLs) on, and lead us into the clean energy century. Think about the Muni bus system for example. Enough said.
5. Proposition H is not about what is best for San Francisco
6. The Board of Supervisor members behind Proposition H support socialized power, not renewable energy. They recently voted to build a new fossil fuel burning and polluting power plant in Potrero Hill.
7. Proposition H will not lead to a cleaner and greener city. There is no guarantee that the energy will be clean. They tried
to call it a "Clean Energy Act" on the ballot but were legally barred because it was not
true. PG&E is a leading solar power utility in the country and earned the
2007 Solar Portfolio Leadership award from the Solar Electric Power Association.
Renewables: PG&E is on track to meet the aggressive renewable energy portfolio goals set by the state of California
As Supervisor Carmen Chu
So let’s give Proposition H the heave-ho. Let’s keep
the lights on, the renewable energy plans on track, the greenhouse gases in
check, and the money in the residents’ pockets. Let’s not right a blank check
to the SF Board of Supervisors. Please vote No on Proposition H. See also the San Francisco Chronicle's editorial An electrified risk: Reject Prop H
And while you are there, please consider voting Yes on Proposition 2 to help stop cruel animal farming and support family farmers. The web site www.ecovote.org also has some excellent analysis and recommendations on many ballot measures. www.rockthevote.org