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Electricity grid not ready for EV revolution

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California’s rolling blackouts last year, followed by the Texas grid catastrophe in February — and now the threat of blackouts across the Western U.S. this summer — are a wakeup call. We need a grid we can count on. Ensuring we do means properly valuing the dispatchable, reliable generating capacity we already have.

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Don’t California my Arizona livelihood

In this file photo, a flag flies at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. Congress has a measure to protect businesses from COVID-19 lawsuits, but has yet to act on it, and Gov. Doug Ducey is content to wait on the federal measure rather than call the state Legislature into special session to pass liability legislation. PHOTO COURTESY ARCHITECT OF THE CAPITOL

The PRO Act is a solution in search of a problem. Independent workers and freelancers are not asking to be full-time employees. When they were reclassified as such in California, they overwhelmingly voted to opt out and create a third way that preserved their independence and flexibility. Let’s heed their example and don’t “California'' the rest of the nation.

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Will voters escaping to Arizona turn us blue? (access required)

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I've noticed a curious trend this summer in Phoenix. Moving trucks, dozens of them. Plenty of folks love to move here, but it is unusual to see this many when temperatures are regularly topping 110 degrees. I've also noticed far more cars than I typically do with California, Oregon and Washington license plates.

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Savings doubtful from flawed plan to restructure electric system

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Arizona’s economy is growing rapidly and folks are moving here for our job opportunities, climate, and quality of life. What could be better? Yet moves are underway to radically “restructure” our electric system, something no state has done in the last 20 years and many states who did returned to traditional utility regulation.

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If we build it they will come, but they are already here.

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We are now in an age of climate refugees and a large corporations coming to Phoenix because we don't have a lot of the severe natural disasters destroying our City like floods, hurricanes, tropical storms, mudslides, earthquakes, and drought. We are going to continue to be a magnet for people and businesses relocating even though it is getting hotter here than ever before.

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