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For Arizona, A Splendid Lawsuit Against Tom Steyer by The Elephant's Child

The Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Tom Steyer and a renewable energy campaign Steyer supports for launching, what Brnovich claims is a defamatory campaign against him.

Filed on Wednesday, the lawsuit names Steyer and Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona as defendants. Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona — which has benefited from millions of dollars in donations from Steyer — is campaigning to require Arizona electric utility companies derive half their power from renewable energy sources by 2030. The ballot proposal is officially known as Proposition 127.

Brnovich’s lawsuit is in response to Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona’s campaign against him. The renewable energy group has aired attack ads against him, claiming he “bailed out” the state’s largest electric utility company by wording the Proposition 127 ballot language in a way, it argues, puts the proposal in a bad light.

Originally written by the Arizona Secretary of State’s office, Brnovich added language to the ballot measure that said utility companies would have to meet the renewable energy mandate “irrespective of cost” if the proposal passes.

The attorney general argues that his office has acted to word ballot language in a way that is most informatie to voters. Brnovich has maintained that the changes are “factually accurate.”

We always want to err on the side of giving voters as much information as possible, especially consumers, he told the Arizona Republic. “When you add a provision to the constitution that starts mandating that 50 percent of that energy has to come from different sources and non-nuclear sources, that will have an impact on the cost.”

Brnovich’s lawsuit is in response to the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona’s campaign against him. The renewable energy group has aired attack ads against him, claiming that he “bailed out” the state’s largest electric utility compny by wording the Proposition 127 ballot measure language in a way that puts their proposal in a bad light. CEHA has aired attack ads calling Brnovich, who is running for reelection, “corrupt” and called openly for Arizona voters to boot him from office. This has happened in the wake of the renewable energy proposal lagging in the polls.

The battle over Proposition 127 has become the costliest ballot measure campaign in Arizona history with each side spending about $40 million. Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest electric utility is against the proposal and has funded the effort to defeat it.

Billionaire Tom Steyer has spent millions to push his favored renewable energy mandates. He seems to be a “true believer” in the horrors of global warming and has led similar campaigns in Michigan, Nevada and other states. “Renewable” energy, with the exception of nuclear energy and water power dams, remains mostly hogwash.

The wind does not blow steadily, but in puffs and wafts or else gales that are too much for a turbine. Solar energy is too diffuse. There are clouds and rain. Wind turbines kill birds at a disturbing rate, and solar arrays fry them. I don’t know if anyone has studied the effect on the local ecosystem when you are killing off all the birds. Neither wind nor solar can produce the energy required by a normal economy, which requires a steady source of energy that can be depended on.

I wish Mr. Brnovich the best of luck with his lawsuit.

Can Anyone Explain the Loony Left? by The Elephant's Child
April 11, 2018, 6:17 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Billionaire Leftist activist Tom Steyer is working in Wisconsin to try to topple Republican Governor Scott Walker and House Speaker Paul Ryan. He apparently told the Milwaukee journal Sentinel on Tuesday that Walker and Republicans in Wisconsin “are nervous about the fact that they’ve done such a bad job.”

Mr. Steyer is a resident of the failed state of California, that is probably the worst managed state in the Union, that is broke, cannot pay its pension costs, nor pay for Governor Brown’s high speed train to nowhere. Its failure to manage it’s water resources and forests meant devastating wildfires this past year. They have the most homeless of any state in the union. And working people are crowding into small apartments in big numbers since housing prices are out of sight. People and businesses are fleeing the state for places where housing is more affordable and taxes are more reasonable. but the oligarchs in wealthy communities apparently don’t notice what is going on around them.

Steyer is an environmental activist from California who spent more than $90 million on Democratic and liberal causes in the 2016 campaign. Through his youth organizing group NextGen Rising, Steyer plans to spend $30 million in 10 states, including Wisconsin, to help Democrats win this year.

Mr. Steyer is demanding that Trump be impeached, but it’s not very clear just what he wants him impeached for. Because he doesn’t like him I guess. He talks about the “need to impeach” but President Trump is doing a remarkably good job, in spite of all the harassment and silly Steyer stuff. The Obama administration assured us that the economy could not rise above 2% growth and the forecast is for 3.5% next month.  The economy is booming, employment is way up, manufacturing is way up. Red tape and regulations are way down and business is free to prosper.

The Democrats seem to have collectively lost their minds. It’s not love of Hillary, they clearly want her to shut up and go away. Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright just said that”while she isn’t saying he’s a fascist, President Trump is the most undemocratic president I have ever seen in American history.” She’s trying to plug her new book “Fascism: A Warning”, which I certainly wouldn’t recommend based on that analysis. Undemocratic? Clearly they have lost power and power is what they crave. But I really don’t understand this seething hatred for the duly elected President of the United States.

I thought Barack Obama was a pretty poor president, and made a mess of the job. He was a “real good talker” as someone said. But did a remarkably poor job of running the country from TARP on down to pulling precipitously out of Iraq, and wasting all the hard fought work that had set Iraq on a better course. Things seem to be looking up somewhat there.

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