To: James Robo, Chairman & CEO of NextEra Energy, Inc.
Florida Power & Light: Dump Climate Denier Marco Rubio
End your campaign contributions to Sen. Marco Rubio, who rejects the science of the threat of carbon pollution to Florida, the nation, and the world.
Why is this important?
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) thinks he's ready to be President of the United States, and he thinks global warming is a hoax. Florida Power & Light wants to build a "clean energy tomorrow for future generations," but is one of Rubio's biggest campaign contributors. To be a clean-energy company, FPL needs to stop supplying Rubio with dirty money.
"I do not believe that human activity is causing these dramatic changes to our climate the way these scientists are portraying it," Rubio told ABC News on Mother's Day 2014. "I don’t agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what’s happening in our climate. Our climate is always changing. And what they have chosen to do is take a handful of decades of research and say that this is now evidence of a longer-term trend that’s directly and almost solely attributable to manmade activity, I do not agree with that."
Florida Power & Light is the largest electric utility in Florida. In 2007, FPL's parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc. signed the Joint Statement by the Global Roundtable on Climate Change, which begins: "Climate change is an urgent problem requiring global action to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases."
Under the leadership of CEO James L. Robo, NextEra Energy's PAC and employees have contributed $79,490 to Rubio in campaign donations, even more than Koch Industries has given. Robo himself has given at least $6900 to Sen. Rubio's campaign coffers.
Given that Rubio rejects NextEra Energy's basic understanding of the danger carbon pollution poses to Florida, the nation, and the world, it's time for Mr. Robo's company to live by their stated values and stop contributing to Rubio.