Amendment 1 rebuttal to the LoWV-PC

This is in response to a Letter in Lakeland, Fl’s The Ledger newspaper;

Let’s give the solar industry a fair shake in the Florida’s energy marketplace. On Nov. 8, vote no on Amendment 1.

Amendment 1 is supported by large utility companies who rely on fossil fuels for generating energy. Solar energy is becoming more competitive and will be a valid alternative in just a few years. It is good for the consumer and the environment.

Utility companies are threatened by solar energy because they know that solar is cheaper and is an unlimited source of energy. They also know that it is the wave of the future. Any consumer can produce their own energy.

For more information on Amendment 1, read former Republican state senator from Lakeland and State League of Women Voters member, Paula Dockery’s Sept. 25 syndicated column, “Don’t fall for utility-backed Amendment 1.”

The utilities proposed language in the amendment to make it appear that it protects consumers, when in fact it protects the power company’s monopoly. Voting for Amendment 1 will give away an important right we as consumers have to generate our own power. Remember, Floridians are already entitled to solar generation, and the solar industry already has all the same protections every other home installation products do.

Representatives from Florida’s political parties are united in opposition to Amendment 1 along with the Christian Coalition, League of Women Voters and the Sierra Club.

Don’t let the powerful few ignore the choice of the many. Exercise your democratic right: vote no on Amendment 1.

Salma Nawlo
Trudy Corry Rankin

Co-Presidents
Polk County League of Women Voters
Lakeland

This honestly sounds like an argument where you don’t want it because it would remove the potential of a socialistic subsidy mechanism.  If I don’t own or lease solar equipment, why should I be required to help pay for yours?  You have provided nothing more than “Big Electric is bad, don’t vote on 1” – well, how exactly is Big Electric bad?  Because they’ve increased the cost per-watt?  That’s supply and demand my dears.  That’s Capitalism at it’s finest.  We demand more electrical power, more continual up time, more stable power – and yet we expect this all to be for pennies per watt?  That is socialism, and a poor example for all.

Amendment 1 will lead to companies like TECO, FPL and Lakeland Electric to provide leased equipment to Florida residential properties to supplement their electrical production.  Do you know what that means?  That means those fossil-fuel eating machines, otherwise known as Power Plants, will be using less fuel as the distributed network of solar panels which will produce not just power for the houses they are attached to, but will feed excess back into the grid.  So how is this bad again?  Do you believe that for some reason TECO or FPL or Lakeland Electric will suddenly have that much more control over your pitiful existence? I say pitiful because your life is nothing but the blink in a century.  However, your children’s children, and their children will remain long after you and I are nothing but dust and worm food.  Don’t you at least consider the possibility that making it easier for our society to move away from fossil fuels – EVEN AT THE HANDS OF THE BIG BAD ELECTRIC COMPANIES, is a good thing for our future generation?

Of course you don’t.  Why? Because you’re stuck in your ways; you want to blame companies for your own person choices – yeah, you know, running the AC in the middle of January instead of opening the windows?  You want to blame someone else, and you want to hoot and holler about how the companies that have helped in one of the most fundamental ways the technological advancements of this planet so that when things go wrong, which is always likely, you can sit back and with a smug grin on your face say “I told you so”

Well, here’s the thing.  Without this amendment, we can sit back and wait for solar power to maybe one day catch on.  And we’ll sit there and hope that our bills don’t get jacked up because three people in the neighborhood have purchased new solar panels.  Perhaps we’ll even be lucky and won’t have to pay for our neighbor’s choices.  But it’s a possibility, and one I don’t much appreciate.  We don’t have the choice to abstain from paying, by way of fees and bill increases, for what others produce, and with Amendment 1, we will be protected from that.

However, you’re too short sighted, and I don’t blame you, to see the long haul plan, the big picture.  Amendment 1 will protect the utilities as well, and this is OK – because once they’re more protected, they’re more likely to offer solar panel leasing to commercial & residential buildings where we will not only benefit from solar power in our own businesses and homes, but also contribute to the national grid (Yes, even 1 extra watt per household in Florida will help bring down costs all across the nation – that’s one of the wonderful things about our national grid) This is Economics 100.

Perhaps before you start shouting buzzwords and propagating hate for the companies that keeps your Starbucks iced mocha cold, and your showers hot, you should do some real research and perhaps actually educate yourself regarding these things.  The real key to voting wisely is to be educated on not just the bill, but the subject for which the bill is proposing a change.  In this case; Electrical production, Utilities laws, Solar technology and legislation, and basic economics.

If after doing real research and considering the real implications (not just the short term, but long into the future as well) – if you still want to vote “No” on Amendment 1, that is your right and I applaud you for exercising that right as you see fit!  But please do so responsibly.

I have researched these subjects, and the literature of Amendment 1 to the best of my ability, however, it is still possible I missed, or misunderstood something.  I do not encourage anyone to use my word as doctrine regarding decisions that must be made by each of us.

The Last POTUS

I’ve determined that it does not matter at all which person is elected into office of the President of the United States of America. Our society has declined to a point where there is no longer any recourse for our actions and that there is only two possible routes out: Total annihilation of our current working government and a rebuild based on original concepts; or the continued dwindling downturn of our government and society to a point in which we are living in a society that is more reminiscent of 1984 rather than 2001: A Space Odyssey. And with this, we are left with three choices: Prolong our current suffering for at least 4 more years, cement our dwindling decline, or plant our flag firmly in the ground and stand tall as we demolish the corruption and build anew.
 
I don’t know about you, but all three of those choices scare the ever loving fuck out of me. And what’s worse is, we have no idea which player is the catalyst for which events.
 
There is another way, but it is long and difficult. And that is to provide a recourse for our society to emerge victorious over itself and to become a better people than we have been. There will be those who fight us, those who insist that their way is right and our way is wrong. But those people will do everything in their power to prevent progress towards a more survivable state whilst doing nothing of their own to further a better situation for this country. Even those who’s actions seem to be causing distress, if their end goal is the betterment of our society, they are not working against us. It is those whom have actions completely detrimental to the actions needed for a successful transition back to the positive. This may take years, decades even – but I fear if it takes too long, the efforts would be in vein.
 
There isn’t a single candidate I honestly feel represents the whole of our country. And the day we have such a candidate, is the day we should shoot the man. The United States is a country that is not one people, but many people, who have come together to represent this nation as one people. There is no single person however that can say they represent every one of us. We do not need, nor would we ever want that. Germany had that once, and they are still suffering from that mistake, as are large numbers of others. Representation is not what the Presidency is about – Leadership and decision making is.
 
We, The People, cannot self govern. There are too many of us, too many groups and sub groups and cliques and niches that we require a funneling structure of responsibility who can make the best decisions for the entire Nation, whilst not hindering or hampering efforts of progress for any smaller group within. This is why we have government. Until the day our society is above all material objects and possessions, until we are beyond running our lives emotionally, and until we no longer hold on to this physical world – we will require a group of responsible people to help guide and steer this unwieldy bus we call America.
 
Hang on guys and gals, I don’t know who our driver will be, but I assure you the road ahead is full of pot-holes, wash-outs and patches. We’re in for one hell of a wild ride!