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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Vote NO on Amendment 1

Today, amidst all the bikers lined up at CocoWalk, preparing for a day of riding, one lady pulls up on her bike to join the group and out of nowhere she announces that she voted YES on Amendment 1. Horrors!

Everyone then started berating her, which is what she apparently wanted by announcing it. I think someone must have been talking about voting on Tuesday and that jogged her memory to inform everyone how she voted. She was mum on her presidential choice.

Anyway, as just a reminder, it is best for solar power to vote NO on Amendment one, so that FPL does not have a monopoly. This lady says she works for FPL. Hence the vote.

Yesterday, I was watching this 10 part series on the History Channel "The Men Who Built America," about the robber barons of the late 1800s- early 1900s. Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, JP Morgan, all of them, they had total monopolies on their various industries including steel, railroads, gas and oil, etc. They bought out the competitors until they controlled everything. They had personal fortunes that would amount to $400 billion or more in today's money. And keep in mind, this was before there were income taxes. I've seen this tv series many times and each time I pick up something else, it's fascinating. 


The lady on the bike insisted that it was a legal issue on the amendment, which it is, but the question is so jumbled and convoluted that it's made so you vote YES, when you want to vote NO. There's something wrong with that.

Heck, even the state's Firefighters withdrew their endorsement from the false-claims made by FPL and Smart Solar. They are downright lies.


The Florida Supreme Court was asked to take the Amendment off the ballot, but they declined. Utilities have poured millions into this so that they could "ensure that third-party ownership of distributed solar remains illegal, essentially enshrining the utilities' monopoly over solar. A competing proposal that did not make it onto the ballot would have legalized third-party ownership of distributed solar," according to Utility Dive.

Every newspapers in the state, every tv station, every person with a brain knows that NO should be the answer on Amendment 1. Unless you would like FPL to continue to be one of the Florida robber barons like JP Morgan and Rockefeller.

Here are four reasons to vote NO on Amendment 1.

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