The agenda and speakers’ roster are a Who’s Who of renewable power insiders and politically connected crony capitalists. For example, the opening panel is titled “The Economics of Solar in the Sunshine State,” with the four speakers being three solar industry insiders and one person who recently put solar panels on his roof. The title of the panel may lead people to believe the panel will provide a balanced, academic discussion of solar power economics, but the speakers were clearly cherry-picked to provide political cover for Putnam’s Establishment Republican advocacy for expensive, inefficient, politically connected solar power.
Where are the free-market economists? Where are the advocates for affordable energy? Where are the objective voices on the panel? Conservative Republicans in other states may seek them out, but they are clearly not welcome at THIS conference.
Worse yet, the Florida Energy Summit is more than a sellout of conservative economic principles. It is career-politician, Establishment Republican political grandstanding. This is most appallingly demonstrated in an August 16 panel titled “Florida Energy Policy – Implementing HB 7117.”