State Capitol News
Wed August 6, 2008
Corp Commission candidates speak out against greenhouse gas plan
By Howard Fischer
Phoenix, AZ – Host Intro:
Three of the four Democrats running for state Corporation
Commission said today they believe Gov. Janet Napolitano cannot
enter into a regional agreement to cap greenhouse gases on her
own. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.
Napolitano signed a deal with the governors of six other Western
states and four Canadian provinces to cut greenhouse gases by 15
percent below 2005 levels by 2020. Part of that is a cap-and-
trade system where each company would be told how much to reduce
emissions. Those unable to meet those reductions could purchase
pollution credits from other firms who cut emissions more than
their target. But such a move could affect electric rates if
utilities have to either look for power from more expensive
sources or buy pollution credits to continue to operate their
coal- and gas-fired power plants. Paul Newman said the commission
needs to be involved.
(I believe it should be an advise and consent sort of situation.
And I believe that hopefully, when I'm elected in November, that
it will be an advise and consent situation.)
Sandra Kennedy shared that view. But Kara Kelty, who said the
governor can't act unilaterally, said she's willing to be
(I believe there should be some sort of state mechanism, whether
it's the Legislature, state Corporation Commission, mostly
because there needs to be buy-in, because there will be an
The fourth Democrat, Sam George, said he's not sure and would
seek legal advise if elected.
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