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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Javier's response to the FPL plan

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."

BTW; Yesterday her home in my neighborhood of Coconut Grove was designated a Landmark.

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.

Thank you,
Javier Gonzalez
Coconut Grove

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder what the five sitting commissioners have to say

April 25, 2015 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do the Sarnaffians have to say.

April 25, 2015 5:03 PM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

Where has the President been for his 7 years. Nothing has changed. Is that 8.2 or 82 billion. I go there and that number is crazy. Locals do not appreciate it plain and simple. I love the Everglades and do not want power lines either and I do not know the answer except we all take water and electricity for granted. Sometimes some things must give...... I always thought Lake O was was our main water source but what do I know.

April 25, 2015 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He was not doing much than overseeing recovery from the biggest economic meltdown in 80 years.

April 26, 2015 12:33 AM  
Blogger Lowell Kuvin said...

First, I oppose the power lines because there is no benefit for the people who they impact the most - residents of South Florida communities. However, nuclear power is a much cleaner (no greenhouse emissions) way of producing electricity. So, the new reactors will benefit the Everglades, not hurt them. What we should be focusing on is that the new reactors will cost billions of dollars and the decision to not bury the transmissions lines is one of simple economic; why spend more when FPL can spend less and place the burden on those who live in the areas affected by the lines they receive no benefit from? Because Gov. Scott says they can, that's why.

April 26, 2015 8:58 PM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

you will not publish this but I would not quote some senile women who has been dead for years. God love the lady as she was great. I do not not live in Miami but I would vote for this guy. Sarnoff no way. Who is A serious CANDIDATE No Blacks from what i can see RIDE YOUR BIKE, BIG MONEY GOING UP IN OVERTON FOR A FEW. KEEP PICKING ON POINTE GROUP as "what the hell are they doing in a place where a lot of businesses cannot make it. Coco WALK WANT THEY HELL IS GOING ON THERE. THEY ARE TRYING BUT..... BEST THING RIGHT NOW IS THE BOOK SHOP QAND THE BIKE SHOP REVOLUTION OF COURSE

April 26, 2015 10:49 PM  
Anonymous That Guy said...

Mr. Kuvin - it is beyond disingenuous to suggest that "the new reactors will benefit the Everglades, not hurt them." Please list a single benefit - you cannot. It's not a benefit to say, better than coal. That's like saying you help out the poor by not beating them with billy clubs.

Stopping the worst thing you could be doing, and instead doing something you think might be slightly less bad - is not a benefit.

Moreover, climate change and sea level rise make the risk of expanding turkey point far greater than any other type of energy production. The true result of fukushima isn't even known yet. Let's not start another.

Finally, why should south florida take this risk, to our land, and our safety, for the benefit of out of state users - that's who the expansion is for - not for instate use, but for additional profit for the state sponsored racketeer.

April 27, 2015 11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Currently nuclear energy is neither clean, cheap nor safe. On the other hand laser nuclear fusion could make energy so cheap and safe that it the total energy cost for average American would be less that $1 (ONE DOLLAR) annually. Unfortunately no politician has the courage and will to introduce a bill to fund such R&D which could technically be accomplished in ten years and put every fossil fuel company in bankruptcy.

April 27, 2015 11:28 PM  
Blogger Lowell Kuvin said...

The amount of pollutants per kilowatt-hour of the supply mix, compared to the Northwest U.S. average.

Nuclear Wastes: 0%
Carbon Dioxide: 209.6%
Nitrogen Oxides: 224.8%
Sulfur Dioxide: 254.3%

April 27, 2015 11:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens to the spent nuclear fuel? Are you using a legal definition for pollutants? How about cooling channels around reactors sometimes taking hundreds of acres space?

April 28, 2015 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Kuvin speaks just like you'd expect from a graduate of the 8th best law school in the state.

The man is clearly a fool or a liar. It's probably best to just ignore at this point.

April 29, 2015 12:53 PM  
Blogger Lowell Kuvin said...

Anonymous - who never graduated from any law school and has never met me acts like a fool. "It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt." - Mark Twain

May 01, 2015 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called Solar Power !!! You all argue but have no real answers other than same ol, same ol'. Solar would ELIMINATE Any need for additional power plants .If they can do it in Germany, Texas, New Jersey and California and so on. We certainly can and Must do it in The SUNSHINE State .Price For solar has gone down dramatically and will continue to do so .

May 04, 2015 12:04 AM  

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