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Arizona Plays Hardball: You Boycott Us, We Cut Your Electricity

In a delightfully stern letter written for the desert home front, possibly indicating Mr. Pierce’s higher political ambitions, the commissioner warns Villaraigosa of the retaliation consequences of an LA city boycott.

Pierce writes:

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 statewide economic boycott of Arizona is not a message sent in goodwill.

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