Los Angeles, California - Mostly the elderly, people with preexisting health conditions or people who live alone have been most negatively impacted by the Southern California heat wave that has taken 30 some lives so far. Los Angeles County corner's office, however, expects those figures to climb even as the heat wave subsides, as more deaths are likely to be attributed to the heat wave.
Officials claim the electrical outages are due to a strained power grid by increased air-conditioner usage, however, no mention is made of the few number of power plants available due to California's utility deregulation in the early 1990s. Utility deregulation that once promised cheaper rates for all, that now, ironically, has some Californians paying for with their lives.
There is one thing everybody agrees utility deregulation has done for the people of California: it has increased the profit margins of the fortunate few stockholders, while the rest swelter away in the heat.
Well, it looks like businesses have found a way to make money off global warming with technology after all, utility deregulation.
Meanwhile, the current state legislature and governor continue to cover up the failure of good stewardship of past administrations by importing terminology once exclusive to the bureaucratic double speak of the former Soviet Union.
Terms like 'Rolling Black Out' instead what it is: the redirecting of power away from the non-productive suburban neighborhoods to the financially productive business districts.
Or with the use of propaganda ploys like, "Flex Your Power". Clever advertising campaigns, designed to give the people of California a false sense of empowerment (no pan intended). Especially when the exact opposite is true, and that goes double for those have died.
Denied the dignity of exercising their last act of free will of deciding on how they were going to go, to leave this earth, instead of having to passing away, stuck on some purgatory level of government incompetence in Dante's Inferno.