I just love Arizona.
It’s the first state to finally do something about the illegal immigration that a consistent majority of Americans disapprove. It has a governor who refuses to suffer the fool in the White House who makes Arizona a butt for his jokes. Now, Arizona has responded to the Los Angeles City Council’s vote to boycott the state because of its immigration law.
Yesterday, May 18, Gary Pierce, a commissioner elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission — the state’s utility regulation panel — sent a letter to L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa, in which Pierce pointed out that if L.A. “truly desires” an economic boycott, Arizona will stop providing power to the California city that currently gets about 25% of its power from Arizona producers:
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
Bravo, Arizona! Know that millions of Americans are cheering you on!
H/t Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit!