Floridians will be watching to see if Gov. Rick ALEC Scott will veto an energy bill under pressure from Americans For Prosperity to favor the Koch oil companies. AFP is the so-called grassroots organization founded by the Koch brothers that advanced the "Tea Party" platform. Koch Industries opposes the bill as their interests lie in their oil refineries and their own energy development.
Americans for Prosperity and the Heartland Institute have been spearheading an effort that’s flooded Scott with emails and phone calls opposing HB 7117, which would provide $16 million in renewable energy tax credits next year.
The organizations’ condemn the approach as “crony energy” that builds on millions of dollars in incentives already provided for alternate energy production by the Obama administration, which they also oppose.
Scott has a habit of following the Tea Party-Koch-AFP agenda in rejecting policies they don't favor. He bowed to them in rejecting Florida's high-speed rail project in his first year as governor sending away would be profits and jobs badly needed in Florida right along with it.
It will be interesting to see if he vetoes the energy bill to favor the Koch agenda again, rather than Floridians who would benefit.