THE REALITY IS MOST OF MY NEIGHBORS ARE SUFFERING BEYOND BELIEF WITH NO POWER FOR A WEEK AND COUNTING.
PLEASE, ELECTED OFFICIALS, BACK A CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT TO STRIP FPL OF ALL PROFITS FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS.
USE THAT CLAWED BACK MONEY TO FUND UNDERGROUNDING OF LINES
Forcing FPL to do better is something every elected official -- from US senate down to commissioners of the smallest village in Dace County should get involved in. Whether you are Republican, Democrat or Independent, or in a nonpartisan seat -- you must be a leader who demands this.
FPL is a monopoly. It is regulated (should be regulated much more heavily) by the state. The stuff it claimed about spending billions "hardening" the system against windstorms the past dozen years is clearly the biggest crock of BS ever dumped on South Florida in history.
I think there should be a class action, claw back lawsuit. The past 5 or more years of profits should be stripped from FPL and put into undergrounding of lines.
If this abusive utility is left to its own devices, it will claim to be spending our hard earned money on improving the system.
We all know darn well that is a total crock. Their upper management is getting rich, their shareholders are making zillions and their lobbyists bill hundreds of thousands to make sure profiteering -- not people -- come first in Tallahassee and at every local city hall.
The only way I can see my loved ones and neighbors going only 48 hours (this was a tropical storm in Dade, folks, not a Cat 1, not a Cat 2, not a Cat 3) instead of a soul-klling week and counting -- is to strip hundreds of millions in profit from FPL.
Then dedicate that money to undergrounding and reliable rewiring.
Mayors Bloomberg of NYC, Norquist of Milwaukee and Diaz of Miami all dedicated them to people-based causes after being termed out of office.
I challenge Mayor Regalado, soon to leave office, to dedicate the remainder of his life to forcing FPL to make things right...or suing in the courts (since we cannot trust FPL to make things right) and using the multimillion, maybe billion dollar settlement to create an infrastructure that holds up to the heart of hurricane territory.
I challenge future Mayor Suarez to dedicate a part of his leadership of Miami to building a bipartisan front -- from our US senators to our state reps and senators to all local leaders including Mayor Gimenez -- focused on holding FPL responsible.
Our next governor must make undergrounding of public electricity lines a top part of his/her platform.
Our elected officials, from the smallest local level up to the highest statewide and federal, should pledge to take no campaign contributions from FPL or any other monopoly energy utility.
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