PG&E’s plan to get out of bankruptcy would leave Wall Street in charge of our electricity system and keep it in the hands of the corporation whose negligence produced devastating, murderous wildfires and led to massive power shutoffs. Tell the California Public Utilities Commission not to sign off on this deal when they vote on it on May 21!
No PG&E Bailout! and the Reclaim Our Power Utility Justice Campaign, a coalition of environmental justice, clean-energy, and community organizations*, is heading up a campaign to reject this deal and instead create a democratically controlled, decentralized electricity system.
Governor Newsom says the proposed plan would be “the end of business as usual” for PG&E. It says it allocates $13.5 billion to fire victims — but half of that would be in volatile PG&E stock! It makes some changes to PG&E management and adds some requirements for reporting to the Public Utilities Commission, but in the end it “looks very much like the same PG&E that caused the wildfires and the shutoffs,” in the words of Mari Rose Taruc, coordinator of Reclaim Our Power.
1) Californians need true safety from utility-caused fires, smoke, and shutoffs.
2) Ratepayers need to be protected, and not forced to pay for the failures of PG&E.
3) Impacted communities, including wildfire survivors, need to be fully compensated for utility damages.
4) In this moment of public health crisis, vulnerable households need to be protected.
5) Customers need rigorous, independent, democratic oversight of their utility.
6) Californians need a transformational energy system based on a clean, decentralized energy model.
Before May 21
Sign this petition calling on Governor Newsom and the Public Utilities Commission to reject the deal until they make it work for Californians, not for Wall St.
Post a selfie on social media
Sample tweet w/ targets and hashtags here: https://twitter.com/jesheekah/
May 20, 10:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Join a socially distanced demonstration, art installation, and press conference the day before the meeting where the CPUC will vote on this proposal.
North-West corner of MacAllister and Van Ness, San Francisco
May 21, 10 AM
Call in to comment at the CPUC meeting, 1-800-857-1917, passcode 9899501 https://www.cpuc.ca.
More info here
* Reclaim Our Power leadership team: Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Communities for a Better Environment, Local Clean Energy Alliance, Movement Generation, North Bay Organizing Project, PODER