Arizona AG Mark Brnovich: Tom Steyer still hasn’t learned the most important lesson from Prop. 127’s demise

Lee RussellNews

Attorney General Mark Brnovich won a tough election against Tom Steyer. The California billionaire bankrolled his Democratic opponent, January Contreras, in hopes she would push Steyer’s radical climate agenda. And now, even after Contreras’ loss, Steyer apparently has not learned his lesson.

Here’s what you missed from Brnovich in AZ Central:

A famous Wall Street investor once said that when you throw away millions of dollars in the market, you better at least try to learn a lesson. 

In his efforts to impose California’s political agenda on Arizona, it appears Tom Steyer still has not learned his.

As he did during the campaign season, Steyer continues to insist in a recent Arizona Republic op-ed that the only reason Proposition 127 failed is due to some unfounded and ridiculous conspiracy theory involving corporate greed, public corruption and a widespread ignorance about what’s best for our environment.  

If he really believes this, he may be projecting his true motivations and tactics on others, or he has just spent too much time watching his own commercials.


We can vigorously debate the best way to solve problems and get things done without demonizing others for having differing opinions. Arizona’s voters belong to a variety of political parties, but we are generally united in our suspicion of out-of-state individuals who believe they have an exclusive understanding of what’s best for Arizona.

Nevertheless, I am personally committed to doing what I can to support a clean environment, and most of my friends and neighbors feel the same. Mr. Steyer might be surprised to learn I am a solar customer and have had panels on my home for years.

Developing technology to harness the power of the sun in more cost-effective ways that would appeal to a wider segment of consumers in a free market would be a great place for him to focus his future efforts. Drafting political propositions that are less polarizing and more economically sound might be of further help.

I know billionaires are used to getting their way, but repackaging California’s failed policies will always be a tough sell in Arizona. Spending millions of dollars in disingenuous ads and seeking political scapegoats will not change that.

Arizona deserves its own conversation about clean energy, and it should be a constructive one filled with honest intentions and accurate language – instead of ridiculous attempts to smear public servants and insult Arizona voters.

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