Green energy costs concern businesses
As Florida moves to implement those measures and consider others, businesses are concerned.
''We are injecting into the argument what the cost will be and the competitive effect of putting our state at an economic disadvantage to all other states that don't have strict emissions standards,'' said Jose Gonzalez, vice president of government affairs for Associated Industries of Florida, a lobbying group for businesses. ``It's certainly laudable. The governor is trying to do the right thing. But the way we get there is the question.''
March 3, 2008
by Martha Brannigan
in Miami Herald
The debate over going green has leaped miles beyond whether to pursue such options to the bedeviling question of how.
As the Florida Legislature prepares to weigh various green energy proposals, powerful business interests are steering the discussion to the cost and the potential impact on Florida's competitiveness.
Many of the legislative proposals in the works so far -- such as tax credits for renewable energy, funding for renewable-energy research, and energy-efficiency standards for new home, commercial and government construction -- are palatable to most businesses.
But others would set mandates, such as a proposal from Gov. Charlie Crist to set a renewable... [continue via Web link]