This letter is further to the Dec. 20 and 26 stories revealing that Florida Power & Light, a privately owned company, received permission to charge their customers instead of their investors for fracked gas to fuel their power plants, and FPL proudly announcing that fracking is "innovative thinking" and the resultant gas is "clean."
If FPL truly wishes to make a "pioneering investment" (their words), they owe it to their customers to invest their billions of dollars (their figures) in something other than dirty polluting gas which will have to be piped from 1,500 miles away (Oklahoma).
Instead, at our very doorstep, the Gulf Stream passes right up the coast of Florida at between five and 30 miles per hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If FPL took a smart step forward (their words) and tapped this enduring source of energy, using their customers' billions, of course, Florida would enjoy the cheapest, cleanest source of energy in the Southeast.
Florida could be as lucky as the Northeast, where Niagara Falls flows 24/7 and supplies clean electricity to Ontario and Ohio, etc. That would be an investment to trumpet about. And since customers are now expected to bear the cost of this private corporation's fuel, customers must stand up and loudly defend their air, land and water.
Fracking is terribly risky and polluting, and Oklahomans' water and air are suffering right now so that some corporation can make their millions of dollars.
In addition, if two corporations get together in a quid pro quo to enrich each other, they should not claim they're doing it all for their customers. "Innovative thinking" -- what a crock. Not moral. Not fair. Not right.