This is District 2 Candidate, Javier Gonzalez's response to the Nuclear Regulatory Committee regarding the Nuclear Power program at FPL. I only post it here, because it is also a response to activist Charles Corda's letter.
Yesterday the president of the United States visited the
Everglades and in listening to his remarks a couple of comments stood out:
There are 1.5 million acres of Everglades and over 1 million
visits by individuals yearly in a state that generates over 82 Billion in
tourism dollars but the main comment that caught my attention is that OVER 7
MILLION Floridians get their drinking water and I quote, “from this
incredible bounty of land," or one which Marjorie Stoneman Douglas said “there
is no other Everglades in the world."
What I cannot understand, and I am a simple fellow, is if
the President of the most powerful and respected nation in the world AND our
federal government acknowledges and accepts that Climate change is playing a
role in endangering our water and air, how can FPL deny that their increase in
footprint and power output will not stress and already endangered environment?
They have already asked for higher acceptable water temperature
levels (108 degrees), they are already using water from canals that were set aside for
restoration; they are already using water from our aquifers on emergency needs.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’m just a simple fellow with no
degree in Law, or science and I don’t know all the fancy language that are
being used BUT I do know that if someone like the President is concern about
and said, “That climate change will have no bigger impact then in South
Florida," then maybe, just maybe all of us Simple & Smart folk should
revisit FPL’s expansion plan, or at the very least conduct a supplemental EIS
to review water quality and climate change impact.
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