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Steller column: As utility works to dominate Arizona politics, credibility erodes

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Arizona Daily Star columnist Tim Steller / Kelly Presnell / Arizona Daily Star

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) 

By Tim Steller | Ariona Daily Star

Arizona Public Service Co. argues the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station would have to close prematurely if voters pass the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative.

Should we believe them? I don’t know.

APS’s unabashed efforts at dominating Arizona politics in the years since the 2010 Citizens United decision have had a paradoxical effect. By getting more involved in political campaigns, uniquely among utilities, the state’s biggest utility has eroded its credibility.

By wantonly spending and brazenly picking sides in Arizona politics, the company may be making it harder to persuade the electorate to vote its way.


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