California: The state of denial

As California lurches toward third-world energy status, denial of responsibility is the order of the day from San Diego to Napa Valley (OGJ, June 25, 2001, p.17). Gov. Gray Davis blames Texas, while Utility Commissioner Loretta Lynch hints darkly of a "conspiracy," and Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer wants to put Enron Chairman Ken Lay in "an 8 by 10 cell he could share with a tattooed dude" named Spike.1There's a shortage?Given the rhetoric of their leaders, it is not surprising that the majority of Californians don't believe there is a problem. A statewide poll, taken by Los Angeles Times in late February, indicated that only one in three citizens believes there is an electricity shorta...

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