Yes, this is what’s going on. I even told one opponent that it was for FA, and he left it out. The odds of it actually working as a FA are pretty low, and basically 0 with R&D lock, but the Agroplex breaks through the lock with a clickless draw.
Right now I try to start off as a glacier and keep money up, then drop SanSan and/or Political dealings into the scoring remote. If I get to game point, stacking both FA tools is a strong way to close out the game. I’m still using a lot of normal glacier tools, so it can be quite painful to break in, and still have 8 credits for both a SanSan and Political Dealings.
As far as the rez-to-trash ratio, I agree it is unattractive. The cost is at least in line with other FA tools. I’m not sure if I’d like it more if it cost 2 more to rez and 2 more to trash.