Objections to Florida Governor Crist’s grandiose energy dreams are sounding louder. We especially liked this comment in a Miami Herald story about his push — his order, it’s described as — to obtain 20 percent of the state’s electricity from alternative fuels in 10 years.
”We have a better chance of having electricity beamed down from the Starship Enterprise than from some of the technology we see today,” said Paul Barber, a Salt Lake City-based consultant for Florida Crystals, which burns sugar cane waste to generate power.
Unlike California, which imports energy from neighboring states to meet its renewable energy requirements, “Florida doesn’t have that capacity.”
And please note: That comment comes from a company that SUPPORTS alternative fuels.
The acknowledgement of reality is particularly timely because the U.S. House may soon consider a similar federal requirement of 20 percent in the upcoming energy legislation. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The Democratic speaker from California has told environmentalists she supports raising fuel economy standards to at least 35 miles per gallon and requiring utilities to generate 20 percent of their power from renewable sources such as wind, solar or biomass by 2020.
But neither measure is part of the energy bill now, and Pelosi has not committed to bringing the proposals to the floor as amendments — although she’s leaning toward putting the electricity standard to a vote.
There’s a reason some states have such a requirement, and others don’t — some places lack the wind to generate wind power or other affordable sources of alternative energy. Places like Florida, for example. A renewable fuels standard will serve only to make electricity prohibitively expensive for manufacturers, the tourism industry and consumers. (Turn off that air conditioner! We’re not made of money, you know.)
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