Few efforts to change the Florida Constitution have been as deceitful as Amendment 1, the solar power measure on the November ballot that is about everything but expanding solar energy.
The political committee behind Amendment 1 on solar energy has scrubbed from its social media platforms nearly every reference to the James Madison Institute after revelations that the group’s policy director bragged in a leaked audio recording that the utility industry is using the amendment to deceive the public into thinking it is a pro-solar initiative.
If there was any doubt that Amendment 1 is an anti-solar measure designed to appear as the opposite in order to deceive voters, a recording released this week makes it clear.
An 84-year-old voter from Aventura, called the Miami Herald Tallahassee bureau Friday with a question: “If I’ve already cast my vote by mail, can I change it?”
The solar-power amendment on Florida’s ballot is a slick, oily fraud. Promoted as a way to expand solar energy and protect residents who want it, Amendment 1 would do just the opposite.
Amendment 1 is written in pro-solar language, but it is backed by the state’s utilities and opponents say it will halt rooftop solar in the Sunshine State.
Solar amendment 1 is once again in the center of a controversy.
Utilities should be ashamed of misleading consumers in their solar campaign.
In a political world plumbing new depths of bad behavior and obscene lies, somebody’s giving Trump and Clinton a run as lowest of the low.
The head of the think tank that provided research for a utility-backed solar amendment on the November ballot said his policy director “misspoke” when he characterized the effort as a strategy to deceive voters into thinking that the plan was a pro-solar amendment.