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Help Stop Big Coal & Donald Trump's
Hostile Take-Over Of California Electricity Grid!
Coal electricity giants like Berkshire Hathaway, and the Trump Administration, have launched a national attack to take over and privatize U.S. electricity grids and force subsidized fossil fuel electricity on consumers. California is now their number one target.
Berkshire Hathaway, founded by billionaire Warren Buffet, has already attacked clean energy in other states to block renewables from competing with fossil fuel electricity. For example Berkshire Hathaway went to war against rooftop solar and nearly succeeded in outright killing all rooftop installations in Nevada. Berkshire Hathaway has engaged similar attacks in Oregon, Utah and Iowa.
Corporate Grab To Privatize California's Nonprofit Energy Grid
Berkshire Hathaway's attack in California is directed at taking over our nonprofit California electricity grid, by forcing it to become part of a larger for-profit western United States grid run by Berkshire Hathaway and other fossil fuel energy corporations. The vehicle for this privatization attack is a bill in the California legislature, AB 813, authored by Pasadena Assemblymember Chris Holden.
California has almost completely eliminated the use of coal based electricity, replacing it with solar and wind power, but Holden's bill would reverse that progress and enable Berkshire Hathaway and other fossil fuel giants to force California to once again accept their polluting fossil fuel based electricity.
Trump Administration Would Run California's Electricity Grid!
But privatization is not even the worst part of the bill. Because AB 813 would make California part of a multi-state regional electricity grid, it would give the Trump administration full and direct control of California's local grid. Trump is currently directing federal agencies to subsidize coal and other fossil fuel based electricity so that it once again becomes cheaper than solar and wind. So AB 813 would allow artificially cheap priced polluting energy to knock the legs out from under California's vital and growing clean energy revolution.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Our City is part of a statewide coalition coordinated by Food & Water Watch to fight AB 813. Use the following Food & Water Watch link to tell your state legislators to vote NO on AB 813!