Florida Governor ‘Grows,’ But the Economy?

By July 17, 2007Global Warming

Florida Governor Charlie Crist is finding approval among the environmental set with his executive orders mandating the radical reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from electric utilities and new, California-like vehicle emission standards. The rabid Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — so fond of accusing any critics of treason — and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger have embraced Crist. People who live in the real world, where you have to pay electric bills? They have their doubts. From the Lakeland Ledger:

LAKELAND – City commissioners were told Monday that Lakeland Electric will almost certainly not be allowed to build the kind of coal generator it had in mind.

The alternatives will be more expensive, some choices costlier than others.

Lakeland Electric General Manager Jim Stanfield said Gov. Charlie Crist and his disdain for coal-fired generators, federal regulations and the “panic” created by Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” have worked to make it unlikely any coal plants will be built in Florida, at least during Crist’s administration.

City Commissioner Dean Boring suggested the governor ban football because it’s too dangerous, too, and just see how long that action lasts in the face of public outcry.

Meanwhile, the head of the Florida Land Use Commission, Tommy Burroughs, doubts Florida can meet Crist’s “ambitious” agenda and timetables.

“I don’t know how they figured they can get there that quick,” he said.

“We can’t compare ourselves to California. They’re an entirely different state than us, and are way ahead of us in curbing their greenhouse gases.”

The governor has certainly gained adulation from the media and enlightened green, who always applaud pro-business officials who “grow” in office. “Hey, Carl Hiassen likes me! Neat!” Unfortunately, that type of growth shrinks the economy, punishes manufacturers and hits consumers in the pocketbook.

In CNBC’s just-completed “Top States for Business,” Florida ranked 8th, tied with Minnesota. Florida lost points for its costs of doing business — ranked 43rd in the country — although it did OK in business friendliness (ranked 16th). Afraid it’s time to adjust those scores downward.

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