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Sat Nov 3, 2012, 06:52 PM

Kucinich:FirstEnergy Incompetence Leaves 127,000 Residents without Power

Cleveland, OH, Nov 1 -

Cleveland, OH (November 1, 2012) -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement concerning FirstEnergy’s failure to return power to the people of Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that 127,000 area residents are still without power after FirstEnergy sent 200 linemen and nearly half its support staff to assist sister companies on the East Coast. Cleveland Public Power, by comparison, has only 1000 households remaining without power.

“FirstEnergy’s failure is frustrating on multiple levels and it raises serious questions about management of this Fortune 500 corporation. One hundred twenty seven thousand residents waiting in the cold is clear proof that FirstEnergy is unable to respond to a system wide emergency. With every merger and every expansion, FirstEnergy cuts staff to increase profits. They have cut so deeply, they are unable to respond to an emergency, leaving consumers to pay the price. We should not forget that this is the same company that caused a major blackout along the entire east coast because it was too cheap to maintain its tree trimming responsibilities.

“Secondly, FirstEnergy’s problem was foreseeable. Many of the residents who have called my office have raised questions about motivations. We had plenty of warning that a major storm was coming. FirstEnergy had time to send nearly 50 percent of its support staff to the East Coast. Why then did FirstEnergy not secure support staff from unaffected states before the emergency began? Media reports indicate FirstEnergy has requested support, but only after residents have been without power for days.

“FirstEnergy has a long and continued track record of incompetence. The company has a culture of cutting corners in order to increase profits. This is a company that owns nuclear power plants with abysmal safety records. We put our lives in the hands of a company that puts profits before safety.

“While I hope that all residents will soon have power, it is well established that global climate change will make severe weather more common. FirstEnergy needs to be held accountable. The people of Northern Ohio deserve better,” said Kucinich. “

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Kolesar Nov 2012 OP
CurtEastPoint Nov 2012 #1
Festivito Nov 2012 #5
countryjake Nov 2012 #2
Kolesar Nov 2012 #3
limpyhobbler Nov 2012 #4

Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 07:22 PM

1. Mittens: "Give it to the private sector to handle disasters." Yeah, right. That works!

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:47 AM

5. Privatization keeps failing when in reality. And, same guys causing the great NE blackout.

Dennis is great.

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 07:30 PM

2. Here is a link to an article concerning his statement...


Kucinich blasts FirstEnergy management for poor Sandy response

http://www.wkyc.com/news/article/267480/226/Kucinich-blasts-FirstEnergy-management-for-poor-Sandy-response


and a link to Congressman Kucinich's official press release:

http://kucinich.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=311711

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Response to countryjake (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 07:54 PM

3. thanks...eom

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Response to Kolesar (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2012, 08:55 PM

4. oops. They messed up.

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