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On Second Thought....

I’ve been giving some additional thought to the points made by ACC Commissioner Gary Pierce on my post of a couple of weeks ago about the economic fall-out from SB 1070. Commissioner Pierce takes issue with my characterization of his letter to Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.  If I mischaracterized his letter or his intent, I take full responsibility. In my post on the negative economic effects from SB 1070, I stated “. . . Pierce suggested economic retaliation through the electric grid.”  To be perfectly clear, Commissioner Pierce did not say he would retaliate for L.A.’s boycott of Arizona.  “Retaliation” was my choice of words – it may have been a poor choice or an in-artful choice. Here is what Mr. Pierce actually said in his letter:

 “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”

In subsequent media interviews, Mr. Pierce has made it clear that his letter was meant to point out the hypocrisy of L.A.’s action and that he did not have the legal ability to cut-off power to L.A.

Written on Tuesday, 08 June 2010 10:47 by Administrator

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