PG and E, similar to many corporate high-profit entities, has a history of ignoring safety hazards in lieu of raking in the big bucks for the immense pleasure of their stockholders. Money is the only factor driving their greed ridden motivation to continually earn more, even if those goals must be accomplished at the expense of others. It’s called “murder for profit,” and PG and E is one of the largest offenders in the history of our nation.
California. Sweet land of liberals. Of thee, we barf. The left wingnut residents of the land of fruits and nuts relish their freedoms to do whatever they damn well feel like doing. And the same holds true for family businesses up to and including major corporations located in the state.
Californians have little consideration for the safety of others. If someone should be injured as the result of another person having a good time, it’s the injured person’s fault for getting their way. This is the way they have been inundated to think over the course of time.
This same mode of deranged thinking bleeds over into the corporate world where proper safety measures are cast to the wind in favor of increasing revenue. And what does the state of California do about it? Nothing at all. They choose to not interfere.
As a direct result of corporate recklessness, 84 people were killed, or more appropriately stated, were murdered. And PG and E have just confessed to the crime. But not to worry. They’re terribly sorry. It won’t happen again. Promise.
PG and E is responsible for starting a massively huge and deadly fire that claimed lives. Many of fire victims were elderly and disabled, so try as they may, they were engulfed in flames and smoke, and they perished. A 49-year-old man, Dennis Clark Jr, was found dead in the passenger seat of his 72-year-old mother’s car which she had been driving, and the three cars behind them all contained the dead bodies of those who failed to make it out in time.
Sara Magnuson, a 75-year-old-woman, was found dead in her bathtub wrapped in a wet carpet. Other dead bodies were located under houses and in just about every cubby hole they could find.
PG and Es outgoing CEO, Bill Johnson, made the trip from the companies San Fransisco headquarters to northern Californias Butte County where all of this took place, roughly a 170-mile journey, where he pleaded “guilty as charged,” for the deaths.
The company was charged with 84 felony counts of involuntary manslaughter for a November 2018 wildfire which completelt\y destroyed the small town of Paradise, taking residents and nearby campers with it. The aftermath looked like a burnt-out war zone.
The cause of the fire? Deteriorating power grids. PG and E was fully aware of the condition of the grid, but as is their customary habit, they didn’t want to spend the money to fix it. It may have made their profits and earnings statements reflect poorly, and they couldn’t allow their investors to see an unfavorable report.
Butte County Superior Court Judge Michael Deems flashed photos of the victims on a courthouse screen as he read each one of their names. Johnson was forced to look and listen as a solemnly crumbled beneath the horrific weight of the crime.
Johnson had no other choice but to acknowledge PG and E’s long sordid history of destruction and devastation. “No words from me could ever reduce the magnitude of that devastation or do anything to repair the damage,” Johnson said after the trial. “I hope the actions taken today bring some measure of peace.”
“With eyes wide open to what happened and to what must never happen again,” Johnson told the judge as he accepted full responsibility on behalf of PG and E. Johnson didn’t come on board with PG and E until six-months after the tragedy, but knowing what he now knows, he is stepping down and terminating all association with the company.
PG&E has suffered financially from this and other incidents in the past and hopes to get out of its second bankruptcy case in 16-years. But perhaps if more of the companies profits were better spent on upkeep instead of lining pockets, they wouldn’t have ever been in this position, to begin with.
PG and E will pay a fine of $3,5 million, plus an additional half a million for the cost of the investigation. But is this enough? Will this bring back the lives they took?
It remains to be seen if PG and E will honor their words, but since nobody is serving jail time for the crime, the guess would be they won’t. It’s California, the liberal capital of the world where all is fair in love, war, and business, even if it means people have to die.