That is exactly what state regulators did at the bequest of Florida's energy giants.
TALLAHASSEE — State regulators on Tuesday approved proposals to gut Florida's energy-efficiency goals by more than 90 percent and to terminate solar rebate programs by the end of 2015, giving the investor-owned utilities virtually everything they wanted.
After almost two hours of debate, members of the state Public Service Commission voted 3-2 in support of staff recommendations that backed the proposals of Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric and Florida Power & Light.
The two dissenters, Commissioners Lisa Edgar and Julie Brown, said they could not agree with a plan that so drastically altered state energy policy.
"It's not the direction I want to go in," Edgar said before the vote. "I am uncomfortable going to the reduced goals. It is a policy and it is a statement, as a state, of what our energy policies are."
Brown said although energy efficiency and solar programs have costs, the state needs to balance all its needs.
"We have inherent conflicts," Brown said. "We're supposed to encourage conservation but it must be cost-effective. I think we should be investing in all of it."Germany gets less sun than any state in the U.S. with the exception of Alaska and is now producing up to 50% of its power from renewables like solar and wind. Florida, "the sunshine state," should be leading both the nation and the world in solar power. But thanks to Florida's regressive government we are not even in the top 10, and now we're heading for the bottom.
On the upside all that land I own out by the Opa-locka Airport will soon be waterfront, and Green Peace will no longer have to protest Sea World because the animals will be able to swim out to sea on their own accord. Such is life in Flori-Duh.