How about we get rid of the rest of private utilities. It is absolutely absurd to argue that companies should make a profit on providing utilities. And look at how it has turned out. PG&E and SCE have both been accused of neglecting their grids that have been attributed to massive wildfires in the state.
I live in socal so SCE is my provider, and they fucking SUCK. I have regular blackouts in my neighborhood, and they will last for days on end. All the while I’m being bent over and taken to town. That’s fucking stupid.
I’m not saying public utilities are perfect. My water is a public utility and they suck too. My rates are absolutely insane even as I use less and less water (just because the drought is “over” doesn’t mean we don’t still have a problem.
But making a profit off providing basic utilities is just fundamentally wrong.