Lars Larson: Week later, 55K still have no power

By Lars Larson
NW and national radio host

Nearly a week into this storm and 55-thousand customers still don’t have power (this morning) in the Portland metro.

My gripe doesn’t sit with the 16-hundred line crews working hard to restore electricity in the region.

My complaints fall with the leadership.

You can bet that PGE’s “six million dollar CEO”, Maria Pope, hasn’t lost HER power. In fact, I would bet she’s got back-up, just like Governor Kotek.

Knowing that YOUR lights NEVER go out changes your perspective.

I’ve asked for an interview with Pope and so far, no luck. But in interviews she HAS done she’s all about climate change, zero carbon, pushing renewables…all things that make our power grid LESS reliable, even when there’s NO freezing rain.

She also preaches diversity, equity and inclusion and hiring people based on what’s between their legs and the color of their skin.

Frankly I don’t give a damn about the pronouns of people who climb those icy poles and restring wires. I bet those of you sitting in the driveway of your dark, cold house, trying to warm up and charge your phone don’t care either.

Just remember, when the power finally does come back on, it’s twice as expensive as it was in 2006 and 18% more than a month ago…which I’m sure really lights up the dividends on literally millions in PGE stock Maria Pope owns.