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FACT CHECK: Consumers (and the Truth) Feel the Pain from Rick Scott and Big Utilities

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CLAIM: Rick Scott keeps saying Charlie Crist let Duke Energy charge customers millions for nuclear plants that were never going to be built. 

FACTS:   Rick Scott lied in last week’s debate, and Charlie Crist rightfully called him out on the spot.  As Crist said on stage, the nuclear cost recovery fee was signed into law by Governor Jeb Bush and Rick Scott has stood silently by as Big Utilities companies continue to pilfer customer’s pockets. And for his lie about rates under Governor Crist, “not only is the base rate higher under Scott, but overall rates are also up since January 2011.” That’s not surprising considering Rick Scott and the Republican Party of Florida have accepted millions of dollars in campaign donations from Florida’s power companies. Rick Scott had four years to stand up to the Big Utilities and he failed to do so – simply “utilities are winning and the consumers are losing.”

  

CHECK THE FACTS:

 [Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact, 10/15/14]

[Tampa Bay Times PolitiFact, 10/21/14]

[Reuters, 9/1/14]

[Tampa Bay Times, 5/2/13

Tampa Bay Times: “Virtually no one speaks up for the ratepayers - not Gov. Rick Scott, not state legislators and certainly not the lapdog Public Service Commission.” 5/2/13