By now you’ve probably heard all about how Amendment 1 is masking itself as advocating for solar. When in fact, it’s a utility-driven ploy to block clean energy’s viability in the Florida market. So, how are people trying to educate voters on the Amendment’s true intentions this November? We’ve compiled clips of three of the more interesting ways:
1.) Captain Quillen’s Solar-Powered Boat
The first (and largest) solar-powered boat, The Archimedes, is sailing Florida’s East Coast to protest Amendment 1. Captain Quillen partnered with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. They will sail down the Intracoastal Waterway. Quillen, his partner Diane, and their dog Radar start from Jacksonville and expect to reach Miami yesterday. “There’s more solar on Long Island than there is in the whole state of Florida,” Quillen noted. “There’s something wrong with that picture.”
2.) Jimmy Buffett Walks Us Through the Ballot
Buffett discussed his choice to vote no on Florida’s Amendment 1. In addition, you can watch the singer flip through his Absentee Ballot in this video clip. The video is from the other sunny state (California). Therefore, he urges voters to get out and really protect their right to solar.
3.) Sal Nuzzo Says Too Much
While not overtly trying to subvert Amendment 1. Sal Nuzzo of the James Madison Institute [the supposed “think-tank” behind the Amendment] seemed to confirm our suspicions at the State Energy/ Environment Leadership Summit in Tennessee. Furthermore, Nuzzo reportedly called Amendment 1 an “incredibly savvy maneuver” that “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar interests) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road”. Major utilities, including FP&L and Duke, are doing their best to disassociate from Nuzzo and assure us that the amendment’s interests are consumer-focused. We’re going to stick with the advice of the Amendment 1 opposition: follow the money.