Why we can’t have nice things in Arizona

19 Nov 2012 02:02 pm
Posted by: Donna


The American Legislative Exchange Council, that’s why.

“As the debate over subsidies, handouts, and cronyism for renewable energy continues, so too will the debate surrounding state-based renewable energy mandates. Fundamentally, forcing state citizens to purchase a product they may not be able to afford nor value is not the proper role of government. Unfortunately, there is more at stake than just a battle of political ideologies and the role of government in energy markets. Households in 29 states are and will continue to see higher electricity rates, lower economic growth and, subsequently, lower standard of livings without outright repeal of these crony capitalist policies.”

Good lord what a load of gobshite that statement is. But alas, in January the 5 member Arizona Corporation Commission will be comprised entirely of Republican ALEC stooges who will lazily rubberstamp everything fossil fuel companies and utilities want. And while the Commissioners play Angry Birds and count the days until they can retire with a generous pension, the culture warrior ALEC members of the GOP majority in the Legislature will get right on the task of removing all that gay hippie solar investment from Arizona.


  1. Comment by mike slater on November 19, 2012 7:46 pm

    Donna, the Corporation Commission will be all Republican because that’s what the majority of Arizona voters wanted.

  2. Comment by Liberal Democrat Friend of Bruce Ash on November 20, 2012 9:41 am

    Congratulations, mike, you have graduated the 2nd grade.

  3. Comment by Bill on November 20, 2012 9:47 am

    The Republicans ran on a platform of “keeping energy costs low,” yet they approved buidling trash burning power plants, which cost 3x as much to build as solar and 10-20x as much to operate. They will approve more gas power plants, which cost about the same as solar except for the never ending fuel costs, and they will limit solar to utility-only projects that never amount to more than 15% of our total energy need. I guess the big contribution Burns, Bitter Smith and Stump got from Exelon Energy will really pay dividends.

  4. Comment by mike slater on November 20, 2012 2:05 pm

    Liberal Democrat, Well 2nd grade is obvious one grade higher than you obtained.

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