Rick Scott Will Approve a New Power Plant for His Largest Campaign Donor, Just Hours After His Senate Election Is Certified

Rick Scott and his cabinet cancelled a September hearing on a controversial new power plant, to avoid approving the project until after the November 6 election. The FPL plant has drawn criticism form the Sierra Club, among others, for creating more fossil-fuel carbon waste.

Blaming Rosh Hashanah for rescheduling the September meeting, Scott’s campaign has received more than $1 million in campaign contributions from the power company’s parent company, NextEra Energy, of which Scott owns as much as $500,000 in stock.

From News Service of Florida, 11/13/2018:

Scott and the Cabinet released an agenda Tuesday for a Nov. 20 meeting that includes proposed “certification” of FPL’s plan for a 1,200-megawatt plant in Broward that has drawn opposition from the Sierra Club. Under state law, Scott and the Cabinet serve as a siting board that has authority to decide whether power-plant projects should move forward.

… Scott and the Cabinet members — Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis — are expected to meet Nov. 20 by telephone, according to the agenda published Tuesday. The meeting will come just hours after Scott and two Cabinet members, operating as the state Elections Canvassing Commission, are scheduled to certify the results of the Nov. 6 elections.

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From Sept. 30, 2018:

FPL has significant financial ties to Scott’s political career. Executives and employees of FPL and NextEra Energy, FPL’s corporate parent, have contributed $103,900 to Scott’s Senate campaign, according to federal campaign finance records. Jim Robo, NextEra Energy’s chairman and CEO, has himself given $5,400 to Scott’s Senate campaign. During Scott’s 2014 gubernatorial re-election bid, FPL kicked in $1 million to the governor’s political action committee, Let’s Get to Work PAC. Scott also owns as much as $500,000 in stock in NextEra Energy Partners, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy that invests in natural-gas infrastructure assets and wind and solar projects.

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