Arizona Republican Icon Barry Goldwater, Jr. Gives Voice to Efforts to Save Arizona Solar Choice

Tell Utilities Solar Won't Be Killed

Effort To Stop APS From Killing Independent Solar In AZ Takes To Radio

(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) Following in his father’s footsteps as a conservative trailblazer in Arizona, Barry Goldwater Jr. is standing up to utility monopolies to preserve Arizona’s rooftop solar industry.

The voice of T.U.S.K (Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed), Goldwater can now be heard valley-wide in a new radio commercial that urges energy consumers to stand up to Arizona Public Service (APS). Goldwater and T.U.S.K oppose efforts by APS to extinguish rooftop solar in Arizona by trying to eliminate a cornerstone policy called net metering.

To listen to the commercial click here. To learn more about T.U.S.K. visit www.dontkillsolar.com

Net metering ensures that customers with rooftop solar get fair market credit from APS for any extra power they return to the grid. Conservatives in Arizona have stood up for school choice and healthcare choice, and now they are standing up for energy choice.

If APS pulls the plug on net metering, thousands of jobs would be lost. Businesses would suffer. Schools that utilize net metering will be sending more tax dollars to APS. Consumers would pay more.

“Energy choice is the American way. It’s the Republican way. And it’s the way to energy independence,” said Goldwater. We can’t allow monopolies to end consumer choice by changing the rules at the Arizona Corporation Commission.”

Barry Goldwater Jr. served 14 years in Washington and amassed expertise in energy, the space program, aviation and defense and government procurement. Goldwater was particularly instrumental in all facets of energy policy and research and development, including authoring the Solar Photovoltaic Act.

T.U.S.K. believes that rooftop solar is similar to a charter school—it provides a competitive alternative to the monopoly. Monopoly utilities aren’t known for reducing costs or for driving business innovation, but the Arizona solar industry is. Solar companies have a track record of aggressive cost reduction in Arizona. The more people use rooftop solar, the less power they need to buy from the utilities. Energy independence for Arizonans means smaller profits for the utilities, so APS is doing everything it can to stop solar.

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Last Friday’s Poll Results: Best Arizona Daily Political Talk Radio Show is…

Last Friday’s poll is now closed and the results are in!

According to our readers, Jon Justice of Tucson’s 104.1 The Truth, earned the highest number of votes for “Best daily political talk radio in Arizona.” Congratulations Jon!

Here are the remaining results including vote counts:

  1. Jon Justice: 101 votes / 23.71%
  2. Mike Broomhead: 80 votes / 18.78%
  3. Clair “Van The Radio Man” VanSteenwyk: 73 votes / 17.14%
  4. Barry Young : 66 votes / 15.49%
  5. Jim Sharpe: 33 votes / 7.75%
  6. Other names: 18 votes / 4.23%
  7. Bruce St. James: 14 votes / 3.29%
  8. Chris DeSimone & Joe Higgins: 8 votes / 1.88%
  9. John C. Scott: 6 votes / 1.41%
  10. Steve Goldstein: 6 votes / 1.41%
  11. Mac & Gaydos: 6 votes / 1.41%
  12. Garret Lewis: 5 votes / 1.17%
  13. Jim Parisi: 5 votes / 1.17%
  14. Bill Buckmaster: 3 votes / 0.7%
  15. Russ Clark: 2 votes / 0.47%

The total number of votes cast was 426 votes which was our highest ranking poll since we began Friday polling several weeks ago. Keep in mind that these polls are not scientific and they do prevent repetitive voting based on a cookie and IP address.

It’s also important to note that the final results also attest to which radio program/host has an active social media following. Watching Facebook and Twitter, anyone could see that several of the personalities were asking their followers to vote.

Regarding the names on the list, we did our best to include every Arizona-based, daily, political talk show host from Tucson to Yuma and Phoenix to Flagstaff.

I have also listened to or met almost everyone on the list and will tell you that each one is unique and does a great job with their shows covering the issues, interviewing guests and entertaining listeners. I encourage our readers to make an effort to listen to their shows whenever possible.

For a graph of the final results click here.