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FPL Gets An Obama Stroke Job As Company Sets Out to Destroy National Park

Could there have been a more ruthless, diabolical, state utility monopolizer to receive $200 million in federal stimulus money than Florida Power & Light? I'm not the only one questioning the federal government's decision either.

President Barack Obama announced FPL's stimulus bounty this week during a tour of the company's new photovoltaic electricity facility in Arcadia. It's the largest of its kind in the world.

The commander-in-chief gushed

that the plant - where solar panels directly convert the sun's power

into electricity - would save 575,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions

over the next 30 years.


Well that's nice and all, but let's not forget FP&L wants to inflict a

30 percent base rate increase on us so the company can finance its grand plan to build two more nuclear reactors at Turkey

Point. Yes in case you weren't aware of it. Miami-Dade County is home

to a nuclear reactor. Right next to Biscayne National Park.


FPL's swarm of lobbyists have already convinced the Miami-Dade

County Commission to build the reactors. In fact, county officials are

now acquiescing to the company's latest maneuver to mine rock from Biscayne

Bay to elevate the multi-hundred acres needed to elevate the reactors dozens of feet above sea level.

The final word will most likely come from Gov. Charlie Crist and his

cabinet. But it still sucks that President Obama is providing political cover and

millions in taxpayer money to a company that not an

example of good green corporate responsibility.

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Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.