Strange Bedfellows and Some Reality in Florida

By July 14, 2007Global Warming

Taking a break from foaming attacks against the White House’s foreign policy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. salutes Governor Charlie Crist at a climate summit in Miami for leading Florida in a new direction.

“The only reason that we are still addicted to this carbon economy is because of government intervention, because they have rigged the market,” he said. “A true free market rewards good behavior and punishes bad behavior, and Charlie Crist understands this.”

This is the same Robert F. Kennedy Jr. who spoke at “Live Earth” in New Jersey, accusing politicians of supporting “villainous companies.”

This is treason and we need to start treating them now as traitors.

Now, what is it exactly we do with traitors?

Anyway, Governor Crist signed an executive order ordering utilities to reduce their carbon emissions. Seems like an awful lot of power in one man’s hands. And, Robert F. Kennedy’s approval aside, what will it mean for electric rates?

“Without a doubt they’ll go up,” said Becky Mattey, director of Ocala Electric Utility. “There is no question.”

Jeff Lyash, CEO of Progress Energy, provides more context.

As for depending on wind and solar power to make up 20 percent of his company’s energy without buying it from outside Florida, Lyash said, “I would view that as unlikely at the minimum.

“We should be frank about what the true costs are for renewables,” he said. “The question is are you getting your money’s worth?”

And at least one gutsy lawmaker offers a realistic assessment, despite Robert F. Kennedy’s threats.

“I think there’s a feeling among some legislators that the governor is overreaching again,” said Rep. Dave Murzin, R-Pensacola. “I don’t think the Florida House would approve the executive orders….It will cost hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to the citizens of the state of Florida. Once they get wind of that, they’re going to call their state (representative) and say, ‘What are you doing to me?”’

Kudos, by the way, to the Gainesville Sun for seeking comment from Murzin and others who ask good questions about Crist’s grand scheme to rework Florida’s economy at the expense of consumers and manufacturers. Many other media outlets, apparently enthralled by the presence of Arnold Schwarzenegger at the summit, reported Crist’s claims unquestioningly. The Sun-Sentinel, for example, cited no criticism, no questions, no doubts.

Maybe Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was watching them, rope in hand.

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