With power blackouts causing millions of residents to go without electricity as winter approaches, California Democrats are urging the state to just get it over with: launch a hostile socialist takeover of Pacific Gas & Electric even if it means admitting democracy dies in darkness.
“Momentum is growing for a public takeover, and our position must be to disrupt the fossil fuel energy industry so we can shake consumers out of their electricity-as-commodity mindset,” said state Democratic Party chairman Rusty Hicks.
“I think a lot of us believe that energy is a human right, not something that must be purchased,” said Hicks, the former president of the Los Angeles Federation of Labor and alum of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, who is committed to the Democrat plan of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
“We also know democracy dies in darkness, but we can’t save the planet unless we strip certain people of their right to do business, and overturn the murderous, for-profit energy system even if millions of people do go without electricity for the next decade,” Hicks said.
Hicks and other Democrats insist that “free market capitalism” has failed, and it’s time to force people into proper business arrangements that will benefit everyone.
“Capitalists are incapable of maintaining our existing energy infrastructure, and we can’t trust them to maintain the new 100% people’s energy system we so desperately need,” Hicks said. “We may have to destroy PG&E, but we will build a new socialist system that will first and foremost focus on people’s needs. You have to trust us because this is too important to allow you a choice.”