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Living in the Sunshine State for some is a blessing but, for too many it is also a curse. A dysfunctional state led by Republican power brokers who remain oblivious to the welfare of the majority it's citizens. The state of Florida affords one the privilege of escaping most of the harshness of winter. The snow, ice, sleet, and freezing rain are very rare occurrences. But, nonetheless there are many misconceptions about the Florida lifestyle.

The most obvious for all of us living here is actually the cost of living. Compared with our northern neighbors Florida actually is more expensive than what people realize. There are many factors that contribute to the high cost of living and what is really going on in this the Sunshine State. Jobs, employment opportunities, well let's just say those that are available still don't equate with the affordability of a living wage. When this happens the real estate market where home prices continue to outpace wages by more than 4 to1 have made Florida one of the leading states in home foreclosures. We now turn our attention to public education. Compared to the northern states Florida continues to lag behind. This is where other states students continue to be more proficient in academics. Public transportation, suffice to say when our current Governor turned down federal seed money to build a high speed rail service kept the state far removed from the cutting edge in public transportation. All of these factors continue to undermine future growth and prosperity for all of us living in Florida.

The Sunshine State, they have not called this state that for nothing. But, when it comes to implementing energy sources that would augment and even reduce ones current ever increasing energy costs our illustrious legislatures and our governor have all kept their heads in the sand. Solar energy is by far the least expensive energy to produce and yet it remains as elusive as ever. Purposely, our elected officials have kept solar energy cost prohibitive for the majority of the population. The will of the people are ignored by the power brokers that pull the purse strings of our legislature. Our legislature and our Governor continue to restrict provisions and policies that would open up the door for the affordability of solar energy for everyone.

We have always had our elected officials cater to Florida's investor owned utility companies. Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, and even Tampa Electric all have our elected officials in their pockets. Every major energy supplier in Florida continues to use fossil fuel as the source to generate power for all of Florida's energy needs. It is the energy conglomerate that funnel funds into the coffers of elected officials that continue to thwart the initiatives of Solar Power backers to make solar energy more accessible and affordable. With so much money pumped into campaign coffers it is almost impossible to change the rational of our legislature today. But, that is exactly what must be done to ensure the future of the state of Florida and even this country.

Reality has hit home in realizing how dumb founded many Floridians are and even those residing in other states when the rational for the regressive steps in diminishing the chances of implementing policy changes that would make solar power more accessible and affordable is that Florida has too many clouds. That is the rational and the reason why solar power remains on the back burner in energy production. Meanwhile energy costs have only driven up the cost of everything else. The cost of living in Florida is just getting higher. But, when the heads of our major utility companies backed up by the legislature empathically state that Florida has too much cloud cover to make solar energy a viable source of energy well, let just say a more original excuse would fly allot better. Remember after all Florida is the Sunshine State.



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