Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Does the Next US Civil War Begin over Energy?

It started when Arizona passed a law clarifying the state law enforcement's role in enforcing existing immigration laws of the United States. Mostly without understanding current laws, without reading the new AZ law, and acting solely on emotion, Liberals across the nation began speaking out against Arizona. What followed was a solidarity to a cause of Arizona Boycott, led by Los Angeles City Council and Mayor. The first shot across the economic bow of Arizona - the new Fort Sumter.

Arizona has fired back, and is threatening to literally go nuclear - that is, they are threatening the LA city council and mayor that if they do not vote to lift their boycott Arizona will move to stop the flow of power to the city of Los Angeles. Arizona provides about 25% of Los Angeles' energy.
"I received your message; please receive mine. As a statewide elected member of the Arizona Corporation Commission overseeing Arizona's electric and water utilities, I too am keenly aware of the 'resources and ties' we share with the city of Los Angeles," Gary Pierce, a commissioner on the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission, wrote.

"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."
The response from Los Angeles Mayor's Spokesman David Beltran:
"We're not going to respond to threats from a state which has isolated itself from the America that values freedom, liberty and basic human rights,"
What the elected officials from LA seem to forget is that their state and city have nearly the same law on their books. They refuse to acknowledge the impact of illegal immigration on the economy and budget of the states, as well as the increased violence and crime associated with the black markets thriving in the illegal immigration pipeline - including human trafficking.

If Arizona succeeds in cutting power to Los Angeles, through similar laws that require all Texas produced power to be used solely in the state of Texas, one would have to wonder what the next volley of attacks will be. Perhaps massive moves of population from southern California into Arizona for the purpose of civil unrest, followed by Arizona cutting off water to California... Who knows...

I believe the war between the states is being defined, is based on energy and state resources, and will be the test of which regions live and which have become overly dependant on their neighbors. The states who have built infrastructure based on resources and self sufficiency will survive, and naturally those who cannot exist independently will not. LA, an oasis in the deserts of Southern California, is a region that cannot sustain, and thus cannot survive.

Welcome to the Change we can all believe in - Regional energy wars within the United States!


  1. You may well be onto something here. Let the first blackout hit L.A., and retaliation of some sort would surely ensue.

    Every time my friends in the Midwest ask about us being "isolated" in Alaska, I speak of a self-contained power grid. (Food is another story, for another time.)

  2. Rev -

    Food, though, is only a mussle away! I hear Moose meat is tasty :)