The California Blackouts

American Voices ISSUE 37•02 Jan 24, 2001

A state of emergency has been declared in California, where massive power shortages have necessitated cutting off electricity through much of the state. What do you think about the crisis?

  • “Why don't they just hook the state up to the mega-watt star power of Hollywood's Charlize Theron? That blonde bombshell positively crackles with electricity.”

    Michael Dupree –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Well, there's only one thing to be done. Nevada, Arizona: Give California all your power. Come on, it's not like you matter as much.”

    Ken Brandt –
    Bond Trader

  • “It's all a sad lesson in the dangers of short-sightedness in civic planning. But the important question is: When should we commence looting?”

    Randy Toth –
    Painter

  • “I'm sure the people of California will band together to get through this. Then they'll form a tofu cult.”

    Fred Nouri –
    Landscaper

  • “Gee, I hope San Francisco doesn't have to turn off its big fog machine.”

    Adrienne Berner –
    Homemaker

  • “Didn't California slide into the ocean yet? Can we find a way to speed that up?”

    Donna Rutt –
    Teacher