Tuesday, May 13, 2014

News Flash: with practically no discussion, Gov. Rick Scott and Cabinet let FPL off the hook, and put Florida ratepayers and US 1 property owners deeper onto the hook …

(PRELIMINARY POST) Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet just approved the FPL siting request for two new nuclear plants, pending approval by the NRC; a decision that is expected to take at least two years. In doing so, Gov. Scott and his Cabinet officers side-stepped any discussion of climate change or the placing of massive power poles down the US 1 Corridor. Ignoring pleas by the City of Miami, South Miami, and Pinecrest, the approval means the state of Florida no longer has any leverage in future siting issues for new nuclear at Turkey Point, raising the likelihood that FPL will place new power lines wherever it wants once the NRC approval is obtained. The two new nuclear plants will be operating within a service lifetime in which sea level rise could cripple the Florida economy; a fact that the Governor and Cabinet simply ignored. The deliberations by GOP decision makers took less than two minutes before a motion was made by Agriculture Secretary Adam Putnam and approved. The Governor made no comment at all. (More to come …)

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Scott figures he can carry the state without the miami-dade green vote, like it was even in play. On the up side think of all the time we saved mobilizing and going to meetings. (Not counting the time i wasted at the regional "hearing" )
And the video is pretty cool.

Anonymous said...

A politician can position himself by approving something that he knows will never get built. They don't even have a place to store existing waste.

Anonymous said...

Not a bat of an eye.

Anonymous said...

HOW did Coral gables get out of this mess, what is the 'settlement'?
"After a last minute settlement removed the City of Coral Gables from the communities fighting Florida Power & Light, Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet gave the company everything it asked for Tuesday and granted it permission to build two nuclear generating plants and 88 miles of transmission lines through the east and west sides of MiamiDadeCounty."

Anonymous said...

Was there ever any doubt of the outcome? At least we have the opportunity to vote Scott and his entire administration out in November. Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Hey wasn't Mayor Stoddard going to stop this? I am deeply disappointed. I never thought this would happen.

Anonymous said...

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff was silent. The FPL poles will go right over his constituents and he sat on his hands. Remember the Sarnoff name if Sarnoff ever runs again.

Anonymous said...

The settlement says that Coral Gables will have the lines within their city buried. So much from Stoddard's advice and leadership.

Anonymous said...

Last anon do you mean that Stoddard's political posturing for his own electoral benefit cost South Miami a similar settlement as Coral Gables.
Say it Ain't So Phil.....

ShowMe, MO said...

Does anyone really believe that any other outcome was possible? One mistake was tying the building of
powerlines to the licensure of
Turkey Point 6 & 7 by the NRC. It
should be tied to the beginning of construction of those reactors, which, at $27 Billion will never happen, but, FPL will suck more billions out of its rate payers pockets if a license to build is issued by the NRC. As usual, the
politicians involved in this are
dilettantes and do not really understand the nitty gritty of the science and NRC based shinanigans of FPL. No one in the hearing mentioned the 97th Avenue route which could take the extra power without turning a shovel. The real
enemy is the grid; it is 1885 technology from Thomas Edison. Putting power on our homes and businesses is 21st Century technology. It will happen with or
without FPL and Tallahassee and demand from the grid will keep dropping Thenwe will have 120 foot towers up US1to connect my power to my neighbor; talk about overkill. This state, and county, are out of control.

Anonymous said...

Pink Slip Rick ......

Chrystal Powers said...

I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you, to find that there is hooking going on in Florida politics.

Anonymous said...

Get rid of jim crow...side step all them discriminated laws so that people can get a license to work

Anonymous said...

This is the exact reason why I'm voting for the Libertarian, Adrian Wyllie for Governor. Neither Scott, nor Christ deserve another term in office after their record on this issue and Common Core!

Bigrack21 said...

Rick Scott, Pro Big Corporation? Anti-Consumer? If you didn't already know that, why did you vote?

Anonymous said...

Where you expecting anything different from Governor Skeletor?