The first issue is the manifest failure by local and state government to hold FPL accountable for its malfunctioning 1000 mile long cooling canal system in Homestead for 1960's era reactors that should have been retired, years ago. (Instead, the State of Florida permitted them to increase power output, leading in part to the spectacular failure of the cooling canal system today.)
Over many years, FPL has violated consent agreements holding it accountable for the cooling canals; which are neither protecting Biscayne National Park nor the underlying aquifer as the corporation agreed to do. Local elected officials, including Mayor Carlos Giminez, have been next-to-useless. The second issue concerns the effort by FPL to license two new nuclear reactors at Turkey Point and its heavy-handed tactics in Tallahassee this year.
Nevertheless, somewhere inside the NextEra juggernaut (the holding company for FPL) there must be engineers and scientists who understand perfectly well that new nuclear at Turkey Point -- within the service lifetimes of the planned reactors -- is an idiotic exercise that imposes unlimited liability on taxpayers. Why? Because with sea level rise, the rate base of FPL will be severely disrupted.
The only form of energy development that makes sense in Florida is solar and providing consumers with solar choice. It is no secret what is preventing an honest dialogue about Turkey Point from take place in South Florida: salaries and compensation based on earnings at FPL in the ranks of top executives.
One can be pro-nuclear and still object to nuclear power at Turkey Point for the reasons described above. A rationale argument for nuclear power was recently made, in easily understandable language, at Harvard Business School. Take a few minutes to watch it on youtube, here:
Uploaded on Jun 27, 2015
Harvard Business School 2015 Reunion presentation delivered by Joseph B. Lassiter, Senator John Heinz Professor of Management Practice in Environmental Management, and Ray Rothrock (MBA 1988), Partner Emeritus, Venrock; Chairman & CEO, RedSeal.