A Pipeline To Profits
As he said when asked for his views on climate change and what to do about it, Rick Scott responded by saying he's "not a scientist."
Well, he's not a scientist, he's an investor. That may be another reason he's not interested in doing anything about climate change or saving the environment in Florida:
Stretching from Alabama to Orlando, the Sabal Trail pipeline is a 474-mile project that will start delivering gas to Florida in 2017.
Florida Power and Light will be the main customer.
According to documents obtained by Eyewitness News, FP&L vice president Sam Forrest was on Scott's transition team. In that role, he drafted a proposal calling on the state to add an additional gas pipeline.
Forrest noted that legislation was needed. In 2013, Scott signed that legislation.
Shortly after, the Public Service Commission, made up of Scott appointees, approved FP&L's pipeline plan.
Not only was FP&L's VP on the transition team, but it turns out that Scott's so-called "blind trust" documents revealed that Scott invested in Spectra Energy, the company building the pipeline.
Naturally Scott claims he is shocked, SHOCKED to find that he has a vested interest in the company! Had no idea that his blind trust happened to stumble into a $53,000 stake in Spectra, an amount much larger than many people in Florida would make in a year.
And that's not all.