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You do realize that most people that have lived on the Earth lived without electricity? I don't think it is something you cannot live without. By the same logic within a few years you'll be making the case that you cannot live without the internet, or without a mobile phone..
you don't HAVE to have these things hooked up. no one is stopping you from filling up buckets in a river but you. no one is stopping you from heating your home by burning wood and lighting it with candles... but that would be pretty inconvenient, wouldn't it? so i say don't cry about it and pay your bills...
Originally posted by Myendica
especially when alot of these energy companies to pay taxes. or atleast didnt have to for a few years. but they make record profits.
Originally posted by NightGypsy
It just hit me like a ton of bricks how inhumane it really is for us to have to pay for the very things we cannot survive without.
It's asinine that a family has to stress over the fact that if they don't come up with "X" amount of money by a specific date, their water or electricity will be shut off regardless of whether they have little ones to care for or what the weather conditions are going to be like.
I realize that we need funds to operate water treatment and electrical plants and that the employees have to be paid for the work they do at these facilities, but aren't the ungodly amount of taxes we pay on everything (with the exception of maybe the kitchen sink and our own offspring) enough that we could cover these costs without having to pay monthly fees in addition?
We have to have electricity. We have to have water. Why should a human being be charged for these things when they are required for our survival? Why should any family endure the trauma of being cut off from these necessities because they couldn't pay the bill? And why in the world do we see charges for these services in a single family home ranging from $200 per month and up?
Please, if anyone can give me some insight on what I'm missing here, I can take all the jokes and embarrassment you can throw my way. Show me how these astronomical profits are necessary to maintain these services.
it doesn't take long to see where the money goes...and then to stay in business...they have to have at least some profit. The technology is such now that you could maintain a comfortable lifestyle on solar and wind power...heat with wood or solar... water? We waste so much water..I lived on about 3 gallons a day back in the cabin.
Power companies are not particularly profitable. They are ranked 37th in the list of most profitable industries.
The only answer I can give here, that I might have missed, is this. Water and electric companies employ people to maintain services, so, if we did not pay for these things, their employees would not get paid. You don't actually expect those people to work for free, now do you?