When The City of Los Angeles decided to boycott the State of Arizona, based on their dislike of the new Arizona Immigration Law, apparently they did not think the whole thing through. As Arizona Commissioner, Mr. Gary Pierce, reminds LA City Mayor Tony Villaraigosa, LA receives 25% of its’ electricity from Arizona.
Dear Mayor Villaraigosa,
I was dismayed to learn that the Los Angeles City Council voted to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based companies — a vote you strongly supported — to show opposition to SB 1070 (Support our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act).
You explained your support of the boycott as follows: “While we recognize that as neighbors, we share resources and ties with the State of Arizona that may be difficult to sever, our goal is not to hurt the local economy of Los Angeles, but to impact the economy of Arizona. Our intent is to use our dollars — or the withholding of our dollars — to send a message.” (emphasis added)
I received your message; please receive mine. As a state-wide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona’s electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the “resources and ties” we share with the City of Los Angeles. In fact, approximately twenty-five percent of the electricity consumed in Los Angeles is generated by power plants in Arizona.
If an economic boycott is truly what you desire, I will be happy to encourage Arizona utilities to renegotiate your power agreements so Los Angeles no longer receives any power from Arizona-based generation. I am confident that Arizona’s utilities would be happy to take those electrons off your hands. If, however, you find that the City Council lacks the strength of its convictions to turn off the lights in Los Angeles and boycott Arizona power, please reconsider the wisdom of attempting to harm Arizona’s economy.
People of goodwill can disagree over the merits of SB 1070. A state-wide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.
Commissioner Gary Pierce
Well said Commissioner Pierce. I applaud you for standing up for the Citizens of Arizona.
This is the problem with Socialist Liberals that rarely leave their little city ecosystems. They do not realize how dependent their lives are upon the efforts of those that toil outside the major liberal zip codes. They are supplied with an abundance of food, entertainment and public utilities. They make decent wages, live in nice homes, are supplied with adequate transportation and rarely question where it all comes from.
I have often heard the comment from liberals that the ‘blue’ states should separate from the ‘red’ states. Afterall, the blue states have most of the money, the banks, Wall St, Hollywood, major law firms, etc… etc… I say, go for it. In ten years the red states will have all the money and will be fighting on the borders to keep weeping liberals from escaping their blue state hell holes.
Earth to liberals. The red states control most of the food, most of the energy, most of the natural resources and have all the nuclear weapons. Without Socialist Liberal interventions and stupidity, the red states combined would become the most powerful industrial state on Earth. Whereas, the blue states, on their own, would be a powerless, defenseless, hungry and miserable place to live. Think about it.
I wonder if the people of Los Angeles are aware that their mayor’s boycott of Arizona may result in daily electrical blackouts? I wonder what their opinion of liberal feel good politics would be if that were to happen. As I have often said, words have meaning. Unless of course you are a member of the Socialist White House testifying before Congress. Then words are just political diversions.