|Good morning to all ! |
I'm a new member here at the ' Green Drinks ' - - - I thought that I'd better get in , and reserve my seat before the St.Patrick's day rush - - - ( clever strategy , eh ? )
but on a more serious note , I'm circulating a petition to environmentally minded folks about the proposed Progress Energy rate hikes to pay for the Nuclear Power Plants planned .
( the details are listed below ) -
I think that this is something that we , as Florida taxpayers , and particularly of customers of Progress Energy , and potentially of customers of FPL ( Florida Power and Light ) ought to sit up , and take notice of -
|Good morning to all - |
Progress Energy ( of Central Florida
) recently announced an 11 % rate hike ( to go into effect immediately
) to pay for the construction of 4 new Nuclear Plants in Florida ( 2 in Levy County , and 2 in Turkey Point
( quick note :: FPL - Florida Power and Light is responsible for the Turkey Point project - but , could also do the same thing to fund it's project ) . .
, the Environmental Alliance of North Florida , the Ecology Party of
Florida , and the Florida Environmental Community have started a
petition , on - line , here -
to oppose the building of these new Plants , and , in particular , the funding of them , - when they have not come up for
a public vote , and the construction has not even been approved .
Our united stand against the construction of new Nuclear power plants in Florida is based on the following -
> health hazards
for individuals / families living in the vicinity of these Plants have
been shown to be at higher risk for diseases such as cancer , diabetes
, and other such diseases which effect the immune system , and do
damage on a cellular level .
> the exorbitant costs of these plants are well documented , and shown by this rate hike .
Nuclear Plants have never proven to be cost effective , and the cost to build and maintain
them is always passed on to the public.
> We sincerely believe that sustainable energy is a great supplement to existing energy
delivery systems . Advances in such areas as Solar ( where concentrated Solar panels
are capable of providing sufficient megawatts to
run large projects ) , and in Sea Water
air conditioning ( S.W.A.C. ) ; and also wind should be looked into as a safer alternative .
> The Nuclear waste disposal system , and probability for an accident , has always proven
to be high . This was proven just within this past month , as
inspectors at a Nuclear Plant in the United Kingdom ( U.K. ) let
nuclear waste slip through the inspection system by
failing to look at the sump pumps , which drain excess water out of the system . Thus ,
failure to look at this very basic item allowed nuclear waste to seep into the neighboring
If you so desire , let us send Progress Energy a message -
nothing else , at least to stop and look at what they are doing , and
to give the public a say in a situation that will most definitely
effect our finances , and our health .
There is also a printable version of the petition located at the Ecology Party homepage -
if you wish to sign the petition in this manner . You will have to print this out , then mail it to
the Environmental Alliance of North Florida -
but , either way -
let's send Progress Energy a mesage to consider the needs of the community in their plans .