Calling for Accountability in Florida, Just a Little

By July 25, 2007Global Warming

Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s recent plunge into economic planning contra global warming seems so unrestrained — not to mention his consorting with the demagogic Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — that it has been a surprise how little criticism, or even critical attention, has come his way. Now, admittedly we only hit the high points of the news coverage, but it sure seems like there’s little uproar despite the governor issuing executive orders with the express goal of reshaping an entire state’s energy usage and economy.

But at least there are the efforts from the folks at, the bastion of free-market thought headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. Their statements on the governor’s excesses are on the mark, albeit a little high-energy rhetorically. Freedomwork’s director of campaigns, Robert Jordan, notes that 70 percent of Florida’s electricity comes from fossil fuels and argues that Crist’s policies will produce “excessive, anti-competitive regulations and a severely weakened economy.” And Armey comments:

Sometimes politicians can’t help themselves by wanting to please all the beautiful people in Hollywood. The problem is that raising energy costs will make it harder for families to make ends meet. The rhetoric of extreme cuts on carbon emissions is not based in economic and technological reality.

Freedomworks is organizing an e-mail and letter-writing campaign to protest Crist’s actions.

We’re glad somebody’s attending to what sure seems to be a radical, society-transforming program that government is pushing in Florida. And by executive order? Isn’t the Legislature supposed to be the policymaking branch of government?

P.S. And this is the kind of argument that the media accept as serious, worth reporting.

The group [Environment Florida] looked at temperatures from 2000-2006 and compared them with the norm that meteorologists established as an historical average between 1971 and 2000.

The report found that in 2006, Pensacola had 84 days where the mercury reached 90 degrees or higher, or 26 days more than normal. Tallahassee endured 23 more of those days than normal. Fort Myers, with 113 days, equaled its historical average.

Judge Parker’s little girl comic-strip analysis is more rigorous than this.

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