Change the Rules
In recent years, Florida Power and Light (FPL) has spent upwards of 17 million dollars to influence state politicians. Of that money, roughly $805,000 went directly to Governor Scott’s political committee, “Let’s Get to Work,” and when the state’s largest power company speaks up, the government listens. That’s how we got HB 405, which passed the Florida House in January with a “yes” vote from my opponent. This law essentially eliminates local control over transmission line development.
Buying the Right to Impose
Why would FPL push such a bill? They’re probably tired of all the lawsuits from Miami-Dade officials, regarding the Turkey Point Plant. When it became clear that FPL wanted to run extensive, enormous utility structures through densely populated areas and sensitive ecological zones…citizens and their local representatives cried foul. But it’s much easier to ignore the wishes of residents when the law says you’re free to do so, and now it does. All it took was big money and a willing governor, a man who doesn’t think Floridians need any input regarding 100+ foot towers and high-voltage power lines in their back yards. Never mind the environmental damage that’s sure to come.
Unknown Ecological Impact
Floridians are well known for protecting the natural resources that make this state so great. Here, we prioritize conservation efforts – and we value the expertise of our local officials. It is no small matter to maintain a balance between preserving delicate ecosystems and securing progress, and Florida’s wild habitats are not at all a uniform set of systems.
Input from local experts is essential when considering new projects; but now that HB 405 is the law of the land, the Florida Public Service Commission and Rick Scott are the final arbiters of what goes where. It isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and it isn’t good for Florida.
Big Money, Big Results
FPL has used a biddable governor and its own deep pockets to assume a great deal of influence in Tallahassee. And now, courtesy of their efforts, there’s not much you can do if the power company decides to run cables through your neighborhoods. Is that really what you want?
That’s not what I want. I want residents to have a voice. I want you rise up for your community, and push back when corporate money takes the wheel. Support my campaign, and I’ll take your fight to the House of Representatives – where I’ll be standing with you, not the big businesses who think Florida is for sale.
~Dr. Linda Jack