In perhaps the brightest and most ambitious proposal ever to come from the ‘green’ movement, developer and former NFL lineman Syd Kitson to build a solar-powered city in south Florida. A Time Magazine article published today explores the details.
I like this. And with one exception, I’d like to see more of it. After all, just because I advocate drilling for oil off our coastlines and in Alaska because of the sense it makes in terms of energy independence, employment and more doesn’t mean that I’m somehow against sources of renewable energy. Too often, conservatives are painted unwillingly into such a corner.
Solar power is just fine. I’m all for wind power and harnessing the tides, too. And don’t forget nuclear power. In fact, I’m in favor of a reasonable, all-of-the-above approach to achieving complete and total energy independence. Any method by which we can become no longer beholden to governments and nations which abhor us is good for me, so long as we do not destroy our own economy in the course of trying to get there quickly. All of the above. That means we create the hundreds of thousands of jobs–a good thing in this economy–it would take to set up operations in Alaska and off our coasts. That means we unleash the power of the free market and facilitate the development of effective and clean methods for the extraction of our vast wealth in oil shale. That means we build the windmills, the solar panels, and anything else we need.
In order to do that, though, we must unencumber business. We should be rewarding corporations for innovation rather than punishing them for success. We need a moonshot with regard to achieving energy independence — and that requires little to no government intervention.
For many reasons, former NFL lineman Syd Kitson’s idea for an off-the-grid, solar-powered city in Florida is fantastic. As a conservative, I’m all about being self-sufficient, and being removed from the power grid is self-sufficiency in a nutshell when it comes to matters of energy. As an earthling, I’m all about being a responsible steward of our planet. The only problem I have with the project, however, is the funding source for the enormous solar array. In this case, the photovoltaic plant will be funded by a public-private utility — and while the 31 cents per month impact on Florida Power & Light’s customer base may not be much, I’d much rather see the investment made by a truly private organization.
Other than that, Babcock Ranch sounds like a bright idea, and I hope that the sun shines brightly on Kitson’s effort. It should be interesting to see if the lefty enviro-types will be able to pull it off.
Image credit: Kitson and Partners