For today’s Friday Funny, we stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the South in Los Angeles shouting “Go California!” Why? In an interview, Wednesday of this week, Arizona Energy Commissioner, Gary Pierce told the local ABC station that his state should cut the power from two plants in Arizona that provide Los Angeles around 25% of their total energy supply. The move is in response to LA City Council’s decision to boycott Arizona over their racial profiling law (aka “Show Me Your Papers” law).
“I feel like if you’re going to boycott the candy store, you’ve got to leave all the candy alone,” said Arizona Corporation Commissioner Gary Pierce. Arizona provides 25 percent of Los Angeles’ power. “I feel like Arizona is the candy store,” he added.
Pierce made his challenge after the Los Angeles City Council’s 13-1 vote earlier this month to boycott Arizona and Arizona-based businesses.
“If they’re really serious about this, then be true to your conviction,” Pierce told ABCNews.com. “I would be happy to help them to renegotiate the power agreements so they no longer receive power from Arizona. When temperatures rise over 100 degrees we’re going to love to have the extra power,” he said.
Arizona to Los Angeles: “Bring it!”
Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, responded to Mr. Pierce’s comments with some of his own, reminding the over zealous commissioner that Los Angeles actually owns those power plants.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
General Manager’s Statement Regarding LADWP Power Generation Assets in Arizona
“I want to make clear that we support the City position regarding the recent law enacted in Arizona and the resolution adopted by the Los Angeles City Council.
On any given day, we receive 20 – 25% of our power from two power plants located in Arizona: Navajo, a coal-fired plant, and Palo Verde, a nuclear plant.
We are part owner of both power plants, which are generating assets of the Department. As such, nothing in the City’s resolution is inconsistent with our continuing to receive power from those LADWP-owned assets.
I might add that, as the City’s Job Czar, I certainly would welcome any conventions or meetings that were going to be held in Arizona to come to Los Angeles. We have fantastic facilities and incomparable weather and we’d welcome them to the City of Angels.”
– Austin Beutner, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Los Angeles to Arizona: “Oh, its already been brought!”
Cut. Print. OWNED!
This story originally appeared on the blog “Max The Boy Lion 2.0” yesterday, May 20, 2010. Please visit his site and give him props for keeping us entertained on this Friday. I also cross-posted this on the blog East Bay Young Democrats.