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I think I know what you mean, in 2002,2003 I experienced the balckouts in So. California that ended with the impeachment of Gray the governor.
I remember very clearly that when the governor at that time requested help from Chenney and the Bush Administration for help, they turned him down saying that it was a State matter. What was happening at that time that the refineries were staging close downs by stating that they were either broken or needed maintenance.
The kilowatt actually went to 1,000 dolars. Many busineess had to close because of the blackouts, and I truly remember that my electric bill jumped in one month to over 500.00 and we didn't needed air condition where I lived. so it was only for the electric in my house.
Eventurally the State of Ca. sued the many electric companies that had to pay millions of dollars to the State for causing those blackouts. I still remember the Terminator and the fight that he had with the Bush Administration regarding the situation with the electricity.
Then, the politicians wonder as to why Ca. votes Democrat?
That left a very bad taste in my mouth regarding the Republicans. and since then, I have not managed to feel any different.
Posted by rker321
Many of the California blackouts were the result of manipulation by Enron. Much of this was revealed by recordings during trials, and it caused it's collapse. The Bush family was close friends with Kenneth Lay, the CEO. They had a high profile at his funeral.