Do you remember in January 2008 when candidate Obama said, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket?” Have you noticed the higher gas prices at the pump? A quick review of the energy decisions made by this administration includes: canceling the drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico, canceling the Keystone pipeline and spending millions on green energy companies that subsequently file for bankruptcy.
Well these same regulations are coming to Arizona, unless we act.
On June 14th, three Conservative candidates for the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) will be here at the Oro Valley Library, from 6 – 8 PM. Incumbent Bob Stump and Candidates Susan Bitter Smith and Bob Burns will educate us on the proposed regulations and alternatives to higher energy and utility rates.
The ACC is the state wide elected body that adjudicates and approves water and energy rates for public service corporations including privately owned water companies. Current Commission rules require that energy providers must have 15% of their energy portfolio in renewables, which at the current time are more costly to the customer.
Incumbent Democrats on the Commission believe and are advocating that the 15% standard be increased to at least 30% or even higher using the state of California’s standards as their model. Such an increase in renewable standards would have a tremendous impact on rates. Conservatives do not support increasing the standards.
In addition, the incumbent Democrats on the Commission advocate the EPA’s goal of shutting down all coal fired power plants, including those in Arizona that contain environmental protections and provide affordable and reliable power to many Arizona customers, including the Central Arizona Project. Conservatives do not believe it is necessary to shut down these important energy sources and understand the huge impacts such a move would have on water and power rates to Arizona customers.
The Republican incumbents and the Republican candidate team for the Commission support efforts to insure affordable and reliable energy sources are available in the future for all Arizonans. This goal can be accomplished by allowing the market place to engage - not by incurring more government regulation.
This is not an endorsement of any candidate. The goal of the Pima County Tea Party Patriots is to educate and inform.