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Florida Coal Plan Is Nixed

Global Warming? Who Cares?

Florida Power and Light proposed to build a huge new coal-fired power plant in Glades County, between Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades. Environmental organizations and many individuals argued that this was the wrong plant in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Don't We Need It?

The groups argued that the plant would add to global warming just at the time when desperate measures are needed to diminish the looming catastrophe, that the plant isn't needed, and that the utility has refused to do anything to reduce demand as utilities in the West and the Northeast have done with considerable success.

Let's Try Something Else

At a trial at which many experts testified, the commission heard a prediction that FPL customers might well be saddled with as much as $400 million a year in carbon taxes -- on top of what they'd be paying for electricity -- once Congress gets around to passing such a tax. The commission unanimously rejected the permit.