Given that he was projecting his discomfort onto me, might he have really meant to suggest Santa read the Arizona Eagletarian?When Santa asked me if I had been naughty or nice, I told him to pick up a newspaper. pic.twitter.com/18EYIhy5mP— Bob Stump (@BobStump) December 16, 2015
This afternoon and evening, Bob's been all giddy because the Yellow Sheet has (apparently) been "investigating" Checks and Balances Project.
However, to help the dyspeptic Corporation Commissioner chill, I submit this note that the Governator, Republican former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger posted to his Facebook page last week.
I see your questions.
Each and every time I post on my Facebook page or tweet about my crusade for a clean energy future, I see them.
There are always a few of you, asking why we should care about the temperature rising, or questioning the science of climate change.
I want you to know that I hear you. Even those of you who say renewable energy is a conspiracy. Even those who say climate change is a hoax. Even those of you who use four letter words.
I've heard all of your questions, and now I have three questions for you.
Let's put climate change aside for a minute. In fact, let's assume you're right.
First - do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That's more than murders, suicides, and car accidents - combined.
Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?
Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?
Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What's your plan then?
I, personally, want a plan. I don't want to be like the last horse and buggy salesman who was holding out as cars took over the roads. I don't want to be the last investor in Blockbuster as Netflix emerged. That's exactly what is going to happen to fossil fuels.
A clean energy future is a wise investment, and anyone who tells you otherwise is either wrong, or lying. Either way, I wouldn't take their investment advice.
Renewable energy is great for the economy, and you don't have to take my word for it. California has some of the most revolutionary environmental laws in the United States, we get 40% of our power from renewables, and we are 40% more energy efficient than the rest of the country. We were an early-adopter of a clean energy future.
Our economy has not suffered. In fact, our economy in California is growing faster than the U.S. economy. We lead the nation in manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, entertainment, high tech, biotech, and, of course, green tech.
I have a final question, and it will take some imagination.
There are two doors. Behind Door Number One is a completely sealed room, with a regular, gasoline-fueled car. Behind Door Number Two is an identical, completely sealed room, with an electric car. Both engines are running full blast.
I want you to pick a door to open, and enter the room and shut the door behind you. You have to stay in the room you choose for one hour. You cannot turn off the engine. You do not get a gas mask.
I'm guessing you chose the Door Number Two, with the electric car, right? Door number one is a fatal choice - who would ever want to breathe those fumes?
This is the choice the world is making right now.
To use one of the four-letter words all of you commenters love, I don't give a damn if you believe in climate change. I couldn’t care less if you're concerned about temperatures rising or melting glaciers. It doesn't matter to me which of us is right about the science.
I just hope that you'll join me in opening Door Number Two, to a smarter, cleaner, healthier, more profitable energy future.Oh Bob, you claim to be a proponent of solar, right? But what about that Trash Burner project, the Corp Comm hasn't killed that project, has it?
What about the immense burden you have tried to impose on homeowners with rooftop solar?
What about your all but overt advocacy for the interest of Arizona's largest Investor-Owned Utility, which is intent on killing rooftop solar and net metering?
What about the millions of Arizonans directly or indirectly suffering respiratory distress or disease already? Are you proud that your actions amount to locking Arizonans up in the room behind Door Number One?
Are you still giddy, Bob?
I am. Today PinWest declared a quarterly dividend. I earned $.625 (sixty-two and a half cents) payable on March 1, 2016 for my investment.