Heartland Institute: Rick Scott now Shares the Blame on Energy Bill

The Heartland Institute, which was among the groups that unsuccessfully called for Gov. Rick Scott to veto Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam’s energy bill, released the following comment:

“Regardless, as someone who personally admires Governor Scott and wholeheartedly believes he puts Florida before politics (unlike his predecessor), it is difficult to admit that he now unfortunately shares some of the blame along with Commissioner Putnam, Representative Plakon and their special-interest friends for preserving Florida's high utility rates,” stated Heartland spokeswoman Christian Cámara.

“Using government to foist expensive, unreliable energy sources on residents and businesses instead of allowing the market to organically develop cheap and abundant energy will do nothing to grow Florida's economy."

Scott allowed the bill, HB 7117, to become law without his signature on Friday, releasing a statement that he had mixed feelings on the pro-business legislation.

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Professor Industrial Megawatt
11:49AM APR 16TH 2012
Florida's "high" utility rates are mostly a function of the fact that Florida is a peninsula, and unlike other states cannot import energy in from other states. Its expensive to transport fuel to South Florida for power production. Florida's "high" utility rates are also due to the fact that it has abandoned cheaper, dirtier old black smokestack coal plants that seem to stay in service longer in the redneck states. I guess they dont mind the particulate pollution. Florida does. Florida's relatively higher utility rates are also because Florida has many expensive programs that require utilities to harden for Cat 5 hurricanes. Other states do not.

Florida's rates are also because municipal electric groups like Vero Beach and the City of Tallahassee keep their rates far higher than they should in order to generate more budget revenue for their cities.

They have nothing to do with giving a small tax credit of one cent to renewable generators - who mostly produce energy cheaply and affordable at prices far less than market rates. This bill is not a solar only bill. The Heartland Institute should frankly be embarrassed by their propagation of false information on this bill.

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