During the past decade of wingnut control, a lot of laws have been slipped in that are only now beginning to take effect. In a recent event in N. Texas, we’ve discovered that in cases of a corporation making an error that costs you, you get to pay.
Recently a transmitter blew outside some Dallas area homes, damaging appliances by the power surge that occurred. The owner of the transmitter is Oncor, a dominant power firm in the area. One homeowner who lost thousands of dollars in appliances that are essential to her everyday operations of her home, Ms. Fagan, expected that since the company responsible was the cause of her damages, the company would replace them.
Fagan says when she called Oncor to report the damaged goods, they told her an adjuster would be out in a matter of days.
The adjuster never came. What did come was a letter from the utility accepting blame — but not liability.
“Dear Ms. Fagan… Oncor Electric Delivery does not guarantee against voltage fluctuations… as set forth in the Tariff for Electric Service approved by the Public Utility Commission of Texas. You may want to contact your insurance agent.”
Oncor spokesperson Jeamy Molina echoed the corporate position. “Because of the Tariff, we aren’t liable for any repairs that the equipment did cause,” she said.
Note that the Tariff approved by Texas’ PUC is so written that liability for damages has been shifted to the injured party. This is yet another instance of right wing legislative fiascos that are making the individual the guarantor of their own essential protections, and making the corporate welfare recipients the object of our government.
In this brave new world, if the truck runs over you, soon you will be required to remove the bloody waste from its underside. The rugged individualism that teabaggers are promoting is another version of Robin Hood law, only this time it takes from the poor to give to the rich.