I was surprised today when I read “Clean Path to Power” in the Orlando Sentinel Sunday paper highlighting Florida’s recent discovery of Alternative Energy Sources. Balano seemed amazed at each example and marveled as though they were aliens who had visited us from another planet. We are so far behind Europe and Canada and soon China too. No wonder Bush refuses to sign the Kyoto treaty. It would be a national embarrassment because it would reveal to the world how far behind we lag in innovative green technology and sustainable growth practices as a nation. It would expose our arrogance and our ignorance of global environmental issues. Being a “slacker state” is no laughing matter. It does not speak well of our state at all.