Thursday, August 11, 2016

FPL pays Rev. Al Sharpton to come to Miami, but his story line gets bungled on Amendment 4 because ... well ... it makes no sense! ... by gimleteye

Simple, folks: the Sunshine State has the worst record for solar power in the U.S. because Gov. Rick Scot and the Republican legislature keep it that way. That's right.

The reason is also simple. Energy slavery is a lottery played by Florida's utilities and wealthy shareholders where they win every time they play! Here is local NBC 10, reporting on a visit by Rev. Al Sharpton yesterday to speak on behalf of the energy oligarchs:

Of the 20 million people in Florida, fewer than 1 percent cut their electricity bills by having solar power. "Most of that is because we haven't had the policies and the utilities, because they want to sell electricity to people," said Stephen Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. "They don't want people having their own power, and have been working against local solar ownership." Enter Amendment 4 on the Florida primary ballot on Aug. 30. The language is legalese, but simply, it would allow property owners and business owners to go solar without being taxed on the equipment, as well as expand that exemption homeowners already have.

Amendment 4 will be on the August ballot and provides incentives for consumers to adopt solar. Hooray! But Rev. Al Sharpton was hired to deliver another message.

FPL paid Rev. Al Sharpton to come to diss Amendment 4. Say, what? Why would Rev. Al Sharpton support special interests whose goal is to make electricity more costly?

FPL's logic against Amendment 4 is so convoluted that even Rev. Sharpton couldn't even follow the script. Listen for yourselves.

It would be funny except for the pain watching how easily special interests recruit prominent spokespersons within minority communities to vote against their own interests.

Big Sugar oligarchs do the same: "sugar poisons but we want you to buy more of it!" Rev. Al Sharpton conquered his problem with sugar -- losing nearly 100 lbs. -- and so he ought to be helping free minorities from Florida's energy oligarchs. Power to the people! Rev. Al!


Anonymous said...

On Tuesday, public radio had a show, just after 12 noon about the two coming solar amendments. For once it was well moderated and hit FPL where it hurt.
I'm concerned, if the August amendment gets accepted with its tax brakes, and Gawd forbid the November amendment gets accepted too, then FPL has hit a trifecta. Sole monopoly over solar and tax brakes too , enshrined in the FL constitution, barf.

As for Al Sharpton: He has always enjoyed a reputation as a hired troublemaker since way back, noting new here in his behavior.

Anonymous said...

Amen. Plus Rev Jesse Jackson / Sugar.

DMD said...

How much did the good Reverend get paid for this stellar appearance? Can we ever find out? ...and, will he ever pay taxes on this fee--or just add it to his tab? DMD

Cecilia said...

Sharpton? That's Obama's best friend. How many times has this Democrat leader and former presidential candidate visited the White House while owing millions in taxes?

We are living under most corrupt administration in history. Can't wait for Trump to take the reins!

Philip Stoddard said...

oh yes, Trump will sort this out. Here's a quote from last year: "Look, having nuclear—my uncle was a great professor and scientist and engineer, Dr. John Trump at MIT; good genes, very good genes, OK, very smart, the Wharton School of Finance, very good, very smart —you know, if you're a conservative Republican, if I were a liberal, if, like, OK, if I ran as a liberal Democrat, they would say I'm one of the smartest people anywhere in the world—it's true!—but when you're a conservative Republican they try—oh, do they do a number—that's why I always start off: Went to Wharton, was a good student, went there, went there, did this, built a fortune—you know I have to give my like credentials all the time, because we're a little disadvantaged—but you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me—it would have been so easy, and it's not as important as these lives are (nuclear is powerful; my uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power and that was 35 years ago; he would explain the power of what's going to happen and he was right—who would have thought?), but when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners—now it used to be three, now it's four—but when it was three and even now, I would have said it's all in the messenger; fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don't, they haven't figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it's gonna take them about another 150 years—but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators, so, and they, they just killed, they just killed us."