Florida needs diverse energy sources. As a result, AIF has and will continue to support conservation, efficiency, all fossil fuels, all alternative fuels and nuclear energy. Likewise, we support the conceptual idea of moving to a greener economy, but not unilaterally. For the past six years, AIF and its Florida Energy Council (FEC) have provided a voice for Florida’s business community as it relates to energy policy.
Despite the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the FEC continues to believe that responsible and environmentally-sound oil and natural gas exploration can be the foundation for an energy economy that will allow the state of Florida to be a leader in research and development of alternative and renewable energy sources. The revenue from drilling activity can be the foundation for these types of projects that are several years away from contributing the necessary amount of reliable and cost-effective energy options.
Florida’s employers depend on access to affordable and reliable energy to run their businesses. They are also affected by higher energy costs, which increases their prices while reducing customers’ purchasing power. As such, the FEC will pay close attention to any climate change rules being considered or proposed at the state or federal level, which have the potential to drive up the cost of energy and durable goods, as well as decrease the profitability and viability of Florida’s businesses. Although conceptually worthy, the goals established by these potential proposals could cause an economic disadvantage for goods and services produced in Florida. The end result would ultimately further deteriorate Florida’s economic climate.
The FEC will concentrate their efforts on: